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Cycling the US west coast

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..And a little bit of Canada. The Pacific Coast Highway holds a proud reputation for boasting some of the most beautiful and varied scenery in the world, so why not hug it from top to bottom by bike? An archetypically American road trip with a challenging twist, this is the best way to see this stretch of unbeatable scenery and feel part of North America’s natural environment. Experience vast ocean views from turbulent tides to gently shimmering seas; invigorate your senses by pedalling through verdant alpine forests, see seals fighting and pelicans nose-diving for fish, pause in tiny seaside towns which reflect a concentration of local character, then reconnect with the world by exploring fascinating bigger cities such as Vancouver and San Francisco. We think you should clear three weeks for this trip, but if you stop to take photos as often as you will want to, you might still be there six months down the line (bring a spare camera battery).