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Depends on where you start. The PCH is best the farther north you are from LA, I usually start in a little town called Morro Bay and head north from there. I would say that 3 days would be a good trip, you can do it in less time but then you wouldn't enjoy the PCH as much. The PCH is a curvy winding road so you're not going to be going 55 mph much. There are tons of places to pull off and take pics which you'll love to do. Also the PCH is closed around Big Sur because of a landslide so you'll have to backtrack on that part of the road to get around the landslide. Take your time and enjoy the PCH it's a great road and the scenery is unbelievable and it's well worth the trip.
 

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From Crescent City,CA through Oregon is a fantastic ride. Heads up a lot of Elk around.
Riding south from Seattle on 101 are you planing on starting on the Olympic Peninsula?
Another route would be to start south on 101 after crossing the Hood Canal Bridge. Hwy 101 circles the Peninsula and on the ocean side it runs only a short ways by the ocean.
Hwy 101 south along Hood Canal is great and right on the canal/Puget Sound. West to Aberdeen and on to Westport on Hwy105. It connects to Hwy101 at Raymond. Maybe spend the night in Longbeach,Wa.
Second night Florence ,OR would be a good stop,3rd night Eureka,CA. From Leggett,CA on to Hwy 1 it's beautiful but slower riding. Wears me out up down and back around, so plan on extra time here.
How far south are you riding?
 

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Depending on how much beach walking, trail walking and exploring regional activities you like to do, plan on 1-3 days each for Washington and Oregon. California..... probably double that. You are traveling the right direction. North to South is so much easier and safer turning in and out of the scenic viewpoints without getting rear ended or t-boned. The prevailing summer wind is at your back too. IF you are a craft beer or wine lover, you might want to spend a week or two in Oregon exploring the breweries and wineries.........
 

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So many options. We rode from Port Angeles WA to Crescent City CA last year, beautiful roads. It all depends on who and how much you want to stop. Tons of breweries, scenic vistas, and even distilleries on that road. The one thing I would warn about is that hotels and campgrounds both fill up. You are going through small coastal towns and capacity is an issue. Don't think you will just find a place as you ride. Summer time on the OR, WA coast is not good for impromptu trips.
 

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We plan on taking the scenic route from Seattle south to at least Big Sur and maybe San Diego if the scenery is worth the trouble. From wherever we get off the PCH, we will head to Death Valley, Mexican Hat Utah and then home.
 

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Just make sure your routes are all clear and open. I have done it in sections and loops. You see different things and experience the road differently depending on the direction of travel.

If you are only heading south, make sure and pull off and look back north to enjoy the views.
 

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Better check calif. road closures. I was out there this past year. PCH had major closures, detours, one lane sections. Nothing worse than sitting in traffic not moving when you are on a bike. Some of the closures had no estimated date for repair. Here's a recent report.

This highway information is the latest reported as of Friday, February 9, 2018 at 15:02 .
SR 1

[IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA]
NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA.

[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA]
IS CLOSED FROM 4.6 MI NORTH OF RAGGED POINT TO 10.3 MI NORTH OF RAGGED POINT /AT MUD CREEK/ (MONTEREY CO) 24 HRS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK THRU 9/30/18 - DUE TO MUDSLIDE REMOVAL - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC 1.5 MI SOUTH OF LUCIA (MONTEREY CO) 24 HRS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK THRU 2359 HRS ON 9/30/18 - DUE TO MAINTENANCE

1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM 3 MI NORTH OF TAMALPAIS-HOMESTEAD VALLEY /AT SEASCAPE DR/ TO 3.6 MI NORTH OF TAMALPAIS-HOMESTEAD VALLEY /AT MUIR BEACH OVERLOOK/ (MARIN CO) 24 HRS A DAY THRU 2359 HRS ON MONDAY 6/4/18 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION

1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM 0.6 MI NORTH OF MUIR BEACH TO 1 MI NORTH OF MUIR BEACH /AT SLIDE RANCH/ (MARIN CO) 24 HRS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK THRU 2359 HRS ON 5/31/18 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION

1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC FROM 0.2 MI SOUTH OF THE MARIN/SONOMA CO LINE TO 0.2 MI NORTH OF THE MARIN/SONOMA CO LINE 24 HRS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK THRU 1700 HRS ON 10/4/18 - DUE TO MAINTENANCE

[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA]
1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM 1.5 MI SOUTH OF THE JCT OF SR 271 TO 0.7 MI SOUTH OF THE JCT OF SR 271 /AT MILL BANK RESORT/ (MENDOCINO CO) 24 HRS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK - DUE TO EMERGENCY WORK
 

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Just a side note, if your going south on the Golden Gate bridge you have to pay a toll if you are going north on the Golden Gate there is no toll . Also there is no toll booth to pay the toll going south for cash paying drivers and the toll authority will take a pic of your licence plate and send you a ticket in the mail for running a toll gate. It may have changed but that's what happened a few years back to me a a buddy of mine when we went south across the bridge.
 

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Just a side note, if your going south on the Golden Gate bridge you have to pay a toll if you are going north on the Golden Gate there is no toll . Also there is no toll booth to pay the toll going south for cash paying drivers and the toll authority will take a pic of your licence plate and send you a ticket in the mail for running a toll gate. It may have changed but that's what happened a few years back to me a a buddy of mine when we went south across the bridge.
So, the lesson here is to pull over and put some electrical tape over your plate to change the numbers, cross the bridge, pull over and remove. >:)
 

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I did this trip back in 2014
https://goo.gl/maps/37aLMdZCniD2
I did 3 days down going north to south.
Then same route home going south to north in 2 days.
I did this trip around the end of July.
I loved it
Had great weather and very little traffic.
Towns i stayed overnight in were...Coos Bay, Fort Bragg, Cotati on the way down.
Cresent City, Westport
Take your time and stay an extra few nights and really take it all in.
There's so much to see











 

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I plan on riding from Pennsylvania to Seattle to do the Pacific Coast Highway. How many days should I plan for the PCH?
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I really don’t know how long. I know you can’t judge time on Hwy 101 by distance. The vacation crowd, especially motor homes really keep the speeds in check. Beautiful road and scenery though. If you’re interested myself and maybe a couple others might be able to meet up with you just to say hello and maybe ride for a while if you’re coming through on a weekend or close to a weekend. Not trying to inject myself into your trip, just throwing it out there if y’all are interested in more company.
 

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From Crescent City,CA through Oregon is a fantastic ride. Heads up a lot of Elk around.
Riding south from Seattle on 101 are you planing on starting on the Olympic Peninsula?
Another route would be to start south on 101 after crossing the Hood Canal Bridge. Hwy 101 circles the Peninsula and on the ocean side it runs only a short ways by the ocean.
Hwy 101 south along Hood Canal is great and right on the canal/Puget Sound. West to Aberdeen and on to Westport on Hwy105. It connects to Hwy101 at Raymond. Maybe spend the night in Longbeach,Wa.
Second night Florence ,OR would be a good stop,3rd night Eureka,CA. From Leggett,CA on to Hwy 1 it's beautiful but slower riding. Wears me out up down and back around, so plan on extra time here.
How far south are you riding?
Woodman, where was that pic with the Elk taken?
 

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Woodman, where was that pic with the Elk taken?
Brookings ,Oregon right next to Hwy 101. We watched the bull keep his herd in a small field. Every time the cows walked to the highway he bugled them back. Amazing.
There were about 2 dozen. The bull was a big healthy one.It was early September. PHONE 2016 Oct 286.JPG
 
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