Road Trip from San Diego to San Francisco via Highway 1

California, the Golden State, is one of the best places in the country to go for a road trip. The diversity of the state’s terrain is chock-full of interesting sites and plenty of adventure along the way. What better way to experience the sights and adventure is there than a road trip on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), aka Highway 1? Start in sunny San Diego and make your way north to the always interesting — if somewhat foggy — San Francisco. From sandy beaches and cliffside views to coastal cities and redwood forests, see where you should stop along the Pacific Coast Highway with this road trip itinerary. Be prepared for the open road by visiting our checklist of road trip essentials and check out the most frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page.

Drive Time from San Diego to San Francisco: approximately 12 hours
Distance from San Diego to San Francisco: approximately 600 miles
Best Car for this road trip: Convertible

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