Highway 1 is the iconic California road trip, and the coastal route is a great choice whether you're in Northern California, the central coast, or in SoCal. But there's something extra special about driving down this Pacific Coast Highway once you hit its last 100 miles. The skies are guaranteed to be blue, the weather begs for a convertible, and the passing beaches are alive with sunbathers, swimmers, and beach ball tossers. Start your drive in Malibu and wind down the beachside highway to Santa Monica. When you get to the pier you'll veer eastward, but don't worry, PCH edges back towards the shore once you circumnavigate LAX, on your way to the idyllic seaside communities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach.