The first thing to know about this drive is that locals never call it Pacific Coast Highway; it’s PCH. A sun-drenched road hugging the coastline, this is LA’s signature drive — the one people envision when they think of LA. Look to one side and you’ll see beaches full of pickup volleyball games, sun worshippers and surfers waiting for the next set. Turn to the other side and you’ll see multimillion dollar homes from the pages of People magazine set atop rugged mountains. This is one drive that’s beautiful any time of day, from sunrise to sunset. You don’t need a map to navigate; just head north from Santa Monica and then head back the way you came.