I happen to take Pacific Coast Highway (which most people refer to as PCH or The 101) nearly everyday to get groceries, walk my dog, or just relax while driving by the water. I may take it for granted, especially when I am crabby about being caught in traffic near LA, but I never forget how incredibly lucky I am to live in paradise. This highway passes through some of the most beautiful places on the west coast of the United States and is a trip that photographers, hikers, and road trippers MUST take at some point in their life! "An exhilarating driving experience, this twisting, cliff-hugging, 123-mile (198-kilometer) route along the central California coast takes about five hours to complete at a leisurely pace. Designated an All-American Road—among the nation's most scenic—the drive encompasses both the Big Sur Coast Highway and the San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway. Overview The route starts in historic Monterey, visits the art colony of Carmel, and threads through Big Sur, where mountains plunge into the Pacific. Farther south, the landscape mellows to oak-studded hills as the road passes Hearst Castle on its way to Morro Bay. In places, the road has narrow shoulders and sharp drop-offs, so stay alert. This route can be tricky for RVs or other oversize vehicles."