Highway 101, the Pacific Coast Highway, stretches from Los Angeles
to Olympia, Washington
, by way of the Olympic Peninsula. In California, it begins near Crescent City
and follows the coast to Eureka
, where it turns inland. It crosses the Golden Gate Bridge
into San Francisco
and continues down the peninsula on the west side of San Francisco Bay
, through San Jose
, returning to the coast just south of San Luis Obispo
. It follows the coast to Ventura
, from which it takes an inland route to Los Angeles
, where it disappears into the complex of downtown expressways.
In Washington and Oregon, Highway 101 is almost always the closest highway to the coast. In California, this role is often taken by Highway 1.