One of the world's best road trips, since the 1930s, the Pacific Coast Highway has lured Californians away from their ordinary lives to hug the serpentine sliver of asphalt and experience a series of soaring, scenic views immortalized in film and embedded in the American collective unconscious. Highway 1 passes through state parks, redwood forests, small towns, pumpkin farms, swanky neighborhoods, surf spots, suburban sprawl, wine country, wild places, and California roadside kitsch at its best. More than a route from point A to point B, it's a symbol of California car culture (at its best) and the freedom of the open road.
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