Where to stay when driving the California coast?

My partner and I are taking an epic road trip up the PCH, and we want to make sure we stay at all the best places along the way. What are some of the best hotels and motels along Highway 1?

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Answer provided by
Sarah Gray
Answered on Apr 14, 2022
Highway 1, aka the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), spans around 700 miles of the California coastline and is easily one of the most beautiful coastal road trips you can take. While there are countless beautiful, quirky, and even luxurious places you can stay, here are some of the top-rated places to stay when driving the California coast:
  • The Brewery Gulch Inn (Mendocino)—free wine and cheese hour, made-to-order breakfast, and ocean views
  • Pelican Inn (Muir Beach)—the Bay Area without the bustle
  • Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa (Monterey)—ocean views and seaside massages on Cannery Row
  • The Surfrider (Malibu)—nothing says PCH like Malibu
  • Fernwood Resort (Big Sur)—forest cabins, RV sites, and glamping
  • The Queen Mary (Long Beach)—it’s like the Titanic, only drier
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