California State Route 1

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State Route 1 (SR 1) is a major north–south state highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of the U.S. state of California.wikipedia
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Big Sur

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SR 1 was built piecemeal in various stages, with the first section opening in the Big Sur region in the 1930s.
The unincorporated region encompassing Big Sur does not have specific boundaries, but is generally considered to include the 71 mile segment of California State Route 1 between Malpaso Creek near Carmel Highlands in the north and San Carpóforo Creek near San Simeon in the south, as well as the entire Santa Lucia range between these creeks.

California Freeway and Expressway System

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SR 1 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System, and through the Los Angeles metro area, Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Francisco metro area, and Leggett is part of the National Highway System, a network of highways that are considered essential to the country's economy, defense, and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration.

Golden Gate Bridge

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SR 1 also at times runs concurrently with US 101, most notably through a 54 mi stretch in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and across the Golden Gate Bridge.
The structure links the American city of San Francisco, California—the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula—to Marin County, carrying both U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1 across the strait.

State Scenic Highway System (California)

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SR 1 is eligible to be included in the State Scenic Highway System; however, only a few stretches between Los Angeles and San Francisco have officially been designated as a scenic highway, meaning that there are substantial sections of highway passing through a "memorable landscape" with no "visual intrusions", where the potential designation has gained popular favor with the community.

Dana Point, California

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Its southern terminus is at Interstate 5 (I-5) near Dana Point in Orange County and its northern terminus is at U.S. Route 101 (US 101) near Leggett in Mendocino County.
It has one of the few harbors along the Orange County coast, and with ready access via State Route 1, it is a popular local destination for surfing.

Leggett, California

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Its southern terminus is at Interstate 5 (I-5) near Dana Point in Orange County and its northern terminus is at U.S. Route 101 (US 101) near Leggett in Mendocino County.
Leggett is served by California's State Route 1, whose northern terminus with U.S. Route 101 is just outside the community.

San Luis Obispo, California

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Between US 101 at the Las Cruces junction (8 miles south of Buellton) and US 101 in Pismo Beach, and between US 101 in San Luis Obispo and Interstate 280 in San Francisco, the legislature has designated SR 1 as the Cabrillo Highway, after the explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo who sailed along the coast line.
U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1 with the rise of car culture.

Interstate 280 (California)

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Between US 101 at the Las Cruces junction (8 miles south of Buellton) and US 101 in Pismo Beach, and between US 101 in San Luis Obispo and Interstate 280 in San Francisco, the legislature has designated SR 1 as the Cabrillo Highway, after the explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo who sailed along the coast line.
From I-880 in San Jose to State Route 1 in Daly City, I-280 was built and dedicated as the Junipero Serra Freeway, after the Spanish Franciscan friar who founded the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in California from San Diego to San Francisco.

National Scenic Byway

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The highway is designated as an All-American Road.

California State Route 133

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After leaving Dana Point, Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) becomes simply "Coast Highway" while at the same time continues northwest along the coast through Laguna Beach (where it meets the southern terminus of SR 133) and Crystal Cove State Park.
It connects SR 1 in Laguna Beach through the San Joaquin Hills with several freeways in Irvine, ending at the SR 241, a toll road in the latter city.

California State Route 55

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SR 1 then enters Newport Beach and passes through several affluent neighborhoods, including Newport Coast and Corona Del Mar, spans the entrance to the Upper Newport Bay, which marks the boundary between East Coast Highway and West Coast Highway, and crosses California State Route 55 near its southern terminus.
SR 55 runs between Via Lido south of Pacific Coast Highway (SR 1) in Newport Beach and the Riverside Freeway (SR 91) in Anaheim to the north, intersecting other major Orange County freeways such as SR 22, SR 73, and Interstate 405 (I-405).

California State Route 39

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It passes Huntington State Beach and the southern terminus of California State Route 39 before reaching Bolsa Chica State Beach and the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.
Its southern terminus is at Pacific Coast Highway (SR 1), in Huntington Beach.

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

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It passes Huntington State Beach and the southern terminus of California State Route 39 before reaching Bolsa Chica State Beach and the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.
The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve boundaries are Warner Avenue to the north, Seapoint Avenue to the south, Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) to the west, and residential development to the east.

Interstate 5 in California

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Its southern terminus is at Interstate 5 (I-5) near Dana Point in Orange County and its northern terminus is at U.S. Route 101 (US 101) near Leggett in Mendocino County.
At Dana Point, I-5 turns inland while SR 1 continues along the coast.

Hermosa Beach, California

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PCH then turns north through Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach.
The city itself extends only about 15 blocks from east to west and 40 blocks from north to south, with Pacific Coast Highway running down the middle.

Redondo Beach, California

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PCH then turns north through Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach.
The ocean side of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) has restaurants and boating activities while inland of PCH is largely residential.

Corona del Mar, Newport Beach

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SR 1 then enters Newport Beach and passes through several affluent neighborhoods, including Newport Coast and Corona Del Mar, spans the entrance to the Upper Newport Bay, which marks the boundary between East Coast Highway and West Coast Highway, and crosses California State Route 55 near its southern terminus.
Settled early in the 20th century, the older area of Corona del Mar consists mostly of closely spaced, free-standing, detached single-family houses of varying architecture, concentrated along Pacific Coast Highway (also known as "PCH" or State Route 1).

Interstate 10

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Passing through the McClure Tunnel (which also serves as the national western terminus of Interstate 10), SR 1 emerges along the beachfront in Santa Monica and continues along the coast; it is known locally also as Palisades Beach Road and formerly as Roosevelt Highway.
I-10 stretches from the Pacific Ocean at State Route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) in Santa Monica, California, to I-95 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Huntington Beach, California

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Upon entering Huntington Beach, SR 1 regains the Pacific Coast Highway designation.
Several hotels have been constructed on the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1) within view of the beach, just southeast of the pier.

Malibu, California

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Upon leaving Santa Monica, it once again regains the name PCH as it follows the coast, curving west through the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles before becoming the main thoroughfare of the city of Malibu while traversing the entire 21 mi of that city.
Most Malibu residents live within a few hundred yards of Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1), which traverses the city, with some residents living up to a mile away from the beach up narrow canyons.

Laguna Beach, California

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After leaving Dana Point, Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) becomes simply "Coast Highway" while at the same time continues northwest along the coast through Laguna Beach (where it meets the southern terminus of SR 133) and Crystal Cove State Park.
With the completion of the Pacific Coast Highway in 1926, a population boom was expected.

Sepulveda Boulevard

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Upon entering Manhattan Beach, it becomes Sepulveda Boulevard and turns back into PCH designation through El Segundo.
Portions of Sepulveda Boulevard are designated as Pacific Coast Highway (SR 1).

Crystal Cove State Park

After leaving Dana Point, Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) becomes simply "Coast Highway" while at the same time continues northwest along the coast through Laguna Beach (where it meets the southern terminus of SR 133) and Crystal Cove State Park.
Crystal Cove is a stretch of coastal cliffs and a beachfront cove situated between the Pacific Coast Highway and the Pacific Ocean just north of Laguna Beach.

Rincon Parkway

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After traveling through Ventura, SR 1 separates from US 101 to travel the historic beach route along the Rincon coast that was originally opened up by the construction of the Railroad Coastal Route from Emma Wood State Beach to the Mobil Pier Undercrossing near Sea Cliff, where it rejoins US 101 about 3 mi south of the Santa Barbara County line near La Conchita.
The Rincon Parkway is a portion of California State Route 1 along the north coast of Ventura County, California.

Los Alamitos Circle

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SR 1 then continues northwest through the city to its junction with Lakewood Boulevard (State Route 19) and Los Coyotes Diagonal at the Los Alamitos Circle, more than 2 mi from the coast.
The Los Alamitos Traffic Circle, informally known as the Long Beach Traffic Circle (or just the Traffic Circle, as there is only 1 other high volume traffic circle in Southern California), is a roundabout at the intersection of Lakewood Boulevard (State Route 19), Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1/former U.S. Route 101 Alternate) and Los Coyotes Diagonal in Long Beach, California.