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Thank you in advance to any advice you can share!

My wife and I have never been to Califonia but it's been on our bucket list of things to do before starting a family. We are looking at an early June departure for 10 days (give or take). Our interests include good food (excluding seafood), sights and activities. Wine, famous people and lounging at beaches is not what we're looking for.

From the research I've done it looks like a drive down (or up) the PCH might be our best bet.
1. Is it best to start south and head north or vice versa?
2. What stops do you recommend we make and for how long in each destination?
3. Any restaurants, sights, parks, activites etc... you would recommend?

Thanks!

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