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How Long do I Need to Drive the Pacific Coast Highway?
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This will entirely depend on how much time you have and what you want to do and see along the way. Note that distances in California can be quite greater than what many people are used to and things move more slowly on CA Highway 1 which has lower speed limits than on the main interstate highways. Traffic on this route can be particularly slow if it is crowded or bad weather conditions. Getting into and out of Los Angeles and San Francisco can take much longer than anticipated depending on traffic conditions so allow extra time in these areas. You can actually drive straight from Los Angeles to San Francisco in a day, but you’ll want to allow at least 4 to 5 days to explore some of the places in between. Ideally, I would set aside at least 2 weeks to do the route with 3 to 4 days in Los Angeles, a week for the towns between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and 3 to 4 days in San Francisco. If you want to drive all the way from the north of California to the south, I’d add at least another 3 days. Basically, the more time you can spare, the more you’ll get to better explore all these places. Be sure to check road conditions before you go as you may need to allow for road construction and/or detours.