Drive from LA to San Francisco on the Pacific Coast Highway

California offers countless amazing road trip opportunities, but the drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco is one of the best you'll find anywhere in the Golden State. This drive follows the scenic Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), also called Highway 1.

We’ve compiled some of our favorite spots to help you plan your road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco. And what better way to fully appreciate those views than behind the wheel of a convertible that can be picked up directly at LAX. Be prepared for the open road by visiting our checklist of road trip essentials.


Drive time from Los Angeles to San Francisco: approximately 10 hours
Distance from Los Angeles to San Francisco: approximately 500 miles
Best car for this road trip: Convertible

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