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Old 08-15-2012, 02:41 AM
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Inbetween I would say:

1) Santa Monica (Promenade and Santa Monica Pier)
2) Venice Beach
3) Malibu
4) Santa Barbara (downtown, wharf, zoo)
5) Pismo Beach
6) Carmel
7) Monterey (Aquarium, Cannery Row)
8) Santa Cruz (downtown and Boardwalk)
9) Capitola
10) San Francisco (Ghiradelli Square, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Union Square)

I could include beaches south of LA, but you wanted LA to SF.

I'd stay in Santa Cruz. You could stay there and do SC area, Mont. area, and part of SF.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:27 PM
Location: SW France
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This may be of interest to you;

Hearst Castle
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:30 PM
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Although you'll be going down the coast for a good deal of the way most likely--I'd start the trip by going down Highway 1 from San Francisco after spending a day or two there. Drive down to Santa Cruz, go stop for a walk around West Cliff Drive and go to the Boardwalk--if just to ride on the Giant Dipper(one of the oldest wooden coasters in the US). Drive down south and stop at Moss Landing for lunch or dinner at Phil's Seafood(great cioppino) or the Whole Enchilada(great Mexican seafood). You can stay either in Santa Cruz or Monterey, plenty of hotels around there.

Around Carmel, walk around downtown--and maybe take a short hike around Point Lobos--or when you're driving down through Big Sur go for a hike at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and walk along the coastal bluffs.

Morro Bay is a great little town to stay in just west San Luis Obispo after you see Hearst Castle. Good wine tasting around Paso Robles and in the Santa Ynez Valley. Stop at an old Spanish Mission(there's one right in Santa Barbara and the one in Carmel is pretty interesting). You can spend a 2-3 day stretch of the trip along the Central Coast and have time to see plenty of stuff on the drive down.
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:16 PM
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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LOL, quite a few google sites for Solvang call it a Dutch City, many others call it Danish.
I was wondering how that could be, and was surprised to see that it is also referred to as a *Dutch* village.

Found one that shows how wrong it is.
Solvang: A little Dutch Heaven Surrounded By Beauty
This link calls it *a Dutch Heaven*, but the article itself mention nothing about anythng Dutch, but instead names it *Danish* often ...

To set the record straight, it was and still is a *Danish inspired* small town.

Just to show you you that any information from the internet should be taken with a huge bag of salt !!
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:00 PM
Location: Bel Air, California
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would also recommend a visit to the Monterey Aquarium and nearby Cannery Row. A visit to Carmel's shops and the Hog's Breath Restaurant outdoor grotto Hog's Breath Inn is fun and while the nearby 17-mile drive is a bit pretentious it is quite beautiful and it offers a chance to stop in at the Pebble Beach Lodge and have a cold one at the Tap Room right next to the course.

20 miles south of Carmel is Andrew Molera SP and offers a pretty accessible walk to the beach.
from wiki...

another 10 miles is Nepenthe Restaurant, Big Sur, California and offers a stunning perch above the cliffs with views down the coast.

view from Nepenthe Restaurant, Big Sur, CA

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