Q. We'll be flying to California this summer and we've always dreamed of driving down to Los Angeles along the coast highway. Is it better to drive north or south on this route? My husband insists it's better to drive north, but I don't see the difference. We'd be starting in Yosemite National Park driving west to the coast. Where should be stop about half way along the route?

A. Most people prefer driving south, because you're closer to the scenery on the right hand side of the road and it's easier to pull over and stop. I suggest stopping over in impossibly charming Carmel, California. Although it's still quite a drive from there to LA, it can be managed in one day. The newly-renovated Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley offers the best value in the area, with tasteful and spacious guest rooms and a great golf course among other amenities.

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