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California: Pacific Coast Highway

California: Pacific Coast Highway The 1,675-mile Pacific Coast Highway stretches all the way from San Diego to Washington State, but the coastal road’s most iconic portion lies between Los Angeles and San Francisco. And while you technically could make that drive in about nine hours, the PCH (aka State Route 1) is meant to be savored. There are too may blufftop viewpoints, laid-back coastal towns, and oceanfront restaurants to rush things. Overnights: Any of the Virtuoso hotels along the PCH are a solid bet – Virtuoso advisor Lauren Grubbs recommends spending a night in Malibu or Santa Barbara, at the Malibu Beach Inn or the Rosewood Miramar Beach. “It’s the cool new kid in town,” she says of the latter. “It has a very residential feel, like you’re staying in your best friend’s family mansion. Ride down to Coast Village Road in Montecito in one of the hotel’s pastel-colored buggies – it’s very photo-worthy.” In Big Sur, the adults-only, 39-room Post Ranch Inn can quickly turn a weekend trip into the ultimate romantic getaway. Natural Wonders: Pull over and snap some photos at the viewing areas that overlook the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery near San Simeon, Big Sur’s McWay Falls Lookout, and the Bixby Creek Bridge near Monterey.

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