Riding the Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway

If you want to experience an unforgettable ride, you can’t go wrong with the world-famous Pacific Coast Highway. The route, over 600 miles long, winds through some of the most iconic cities and landmarks in the Golden State. 

Our team of motorcycle attorneys at Law Tigers is invested in making motorcycling safe as well as fun. Read on as we share some of our most beloved spots on Route 1. We’ll work our way up the One, stopping in some of our favorite places to visit to give you some ideas for your Pacific Coast Highway motorcycle ride.

Los Angeles

If you decide to start in Southern California, your journey will begin in L.A., where you can explore California’s biggest city (if you can stand the traffic). The first stop before hopping onto the One is Santa Monica Pier. After that, you’ll find yourself driving past celebrity mansions in Malibu as you move up the coast towards Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara

In Santa Barbara, you’ll see beautiful Spanish architecture lining a coast full of palm trees. You can stop for fresh seafood or check out the historic Old Mission Santa Barbara before moving on.

Pismo Beach

Before you get to Pismo Beach, we recommend checking out Solvang. Visiting Solvang is like being in Denmark even though you’re still in California; it’s full of quaint European architecture and Danish windmills. Further north, you’ll reach Pismo Beach, where you can spot surfers and sand dunes as you rumble up the coast on your bike.

Morro Bay

Morro Bay marks the start of one of the most scenic stretches of the PCH. In this little seaside town, you can take a dip in the bay, watch otters play, or keep on going up to San Simeon. Here, you’ll find the famous Hearst Castle, a giant display of over-the-top wealth with zebras roaming the surrounding fields.

Big Sur

On your way to Big Sur, stop at the elephant seal vista point for a rare chance to see the enormous marine animals up close as they lounge by the waves. After that, it’s just you, your bike, and the gorgeous PCH coastline. Take in the awe-inspiring cliffsides, tidefalls, and massive redwoods as you move on up to Monterey.


You can stop for the breathtaking view at Bixby Creek Bridge and then watch the ocean for whales as you enter Monterey. If you have time, the city’s aquarium is unlike any other.

San Francisco

San Francisco is a great place to stop for the night or for a cup of coffee before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge and continuing into the wilderness.


You’ll find more scenic views and wildlife in Point Reyes National Seashore, and the region is known for its delicious oysters. North of Mendocino, you’ll come across Glass Beach, a piece of shoreline famous for the colorful glass dotting the sands.

Avenue of the Giants

One of the best parts of your ride will surely be driving your bike down the Avenue of the Giants. Here, you can follow the One as it winds through the ancient, colossal redwoods. You can even ride your bike through one of the giant trees just to say you’ve done it.

Oregon Coast

The Pacific Coast Highway technically ends near Leggett, CA, but the fun doesn’t have to stop there. You can keep cruising north into Oregon if you want more coastal scenery. The road to Astoria, the state’s oldest city, is lined with misty forests and towering cliffs bordering the Pacific Ocean. Portland is a short trip down the Columbia River, where you can end your scenic road trip and perhaps catch a flight back home.

Travel the Coast With Law Tigers by Your Side

A Pacific Coast Highway motorcycle ride is fun, but bike crashes are all too frequent. Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident? At Law Tigers, we fight to win fair compensation for injured riders like you. Call us at 1-888-863-7216 for a free case evaluation no matter where you live in the United States.