Good morning! I am headed, on business, to the LA area in July. My DH will fly out to join me and we are planning a week of travel around the central part of the state, ending with two days at DLR. I have been to CA numerous times, the first being 40 years ago in July with my family for a 6 week road trip of the perimeter of the USA, starting and ending in PA. It was an amazing time that I will never forget and I want to show him some of the things that we did on that trip. He has only been to CA once, and that was 8 years ago to DLR / Redondo Beach / LA and a drive from there to San Diego and back. We are flying from Dulles into and out of Long Beach so that is our starting and stopping point, more or less. Here is what we have planned so far: Day 1 - head to Sequoia and Kings Canyon with a stay at the Wuksachi Village Lodge. Day 2 - Time at Sequoia and Kings Canyon and then off to Monterey, staying at the Best Western Monterey Inn. Day 3 - Do the drive from Monterey to Paso Robles with a stay at the Paso Robles Inn. Visit with winemaking friends in the area. Day 4 - Paso Robles to Santa Barbara, staying at the Inn by the Harbor. Day 5 - Santa Barbara to DLR, staying at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel! Day 6/7 - Disneyland! Day 8 - head home The route we are taking is pretty much set because of the things I want to show my DH. Are there any things we absolutely shouldn't miss on this trek? Are there any hotels / motels / inns that we have chosen that raise a red flag with any of you locals? Where are some great places to eat along the way? We like to try to find unique places, not necessarily where the tourists always go. What about Old Vienna Inn in Pismo Beach? The Mucky Duck in Monterey? Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse? Are Stuart Andersons's Steakhouses good? Any other suggestions? We would love your input! Thanks in advance, fellow DISers!