Hi, my girlfriend and I are going to be traveling from San Diego to San Francisco in mid July. Most of our trip is going to center around the area from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz traveling along Highway 1. We've completed the entire East Coast along 95 last year from the bottom of Florida to Mid-Coast Maine and are both very excited about exploring a piece of the west coast. We've already looked at alot of the highlights between Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz but I was looking for any insight that I could get that I'm not going to find on the tourist websites. The Channel Islands look beautiful and we're going to be sure to stop there. Big Sur is also going to be a highlight. We'll be tenting and staying in hotels depending on the conditions at the time and where we are when we decide to stop for the night. We don't like large tourist traps and we prefer the quiet beaches and the scenic views to the party atmosphere of many coastal destinations. Also, where would be the best places to get off the highway and go see the redwood forests and some of the wineries that California is well known for. I appreciate any feedback the members of this sight could give me.