Hey folks-

I just stumbled across this forum, please bear with me.

A friend and I have decided to do a roadtrip this July from San Francisco to San Diego, setting aside ten days for the trip. What we're interested in exploring is the 'mythology' of California. As native east-coasters, we imagine California as being relaxed, beautiful, eccentric-yet-idyllic. Our image of California is created by the movies and television shows.. and it seems to us like a great place to be.

So for those that have lived there or roadtripped down the coast, what would you recommend seeing or doing? What experiences typify 'California' for you? What should we not miss checking out? Where's the best place to people-watch? Etc etc.

Any and all help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance all!