My Favorite Stop Along the Pacific Coast Highway

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3,008.

That’s the number of miles that Nik and I put on a rental car as we journeyed through Arizona, California and Nevada. Nik is able to work in the car (as long as I keep my swerving to a minimum) so the majority of the time I’m the one driving. I actually enjoy it, and I’m starting to wonder if I was a truck driver in another life.

If you dig stats, get this… During our epic 3,008 mile road trip we experienced: 73 degrees of temperature change (49F to 122F) and 10,227 feet of elevation: 282 feet below sea level in Death Valley to 9,945 feet above at the Mount Whitney trailhead.

One of the things that we were looking forward to the most was driving down the Pacific Coast Highway, also known as Highway 1 or the PCH, and it did not disappoint. Our 300+ miles of jaw-dropping coastal views with rugged cliffs, redwood trees, crashing waves and picturesque beaches were pure bliss.

If you only make one stop along the route, which may be impossible because you’ll find yourself just wanting to stop at every single turn, my recommendation is Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. I’m specifically talking about the viewpoint along the road. Park on the side of Highway 1 and hike the short trail to take in the view from the top. It’s absolutely lovely, to say the least.

Have you driven the PCH? What was your favorite stop along the way?

Roadtrip With Nik - Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and The Pacific Coast Highway

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