From Guns and Roses to Beaches and Wine: Road-tripping north of Los Angeles

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CARMEL BY THE SEA, CALIFORNIA - On the way to Los Angeles from Washington DC, with a stop in Dallas, Fort Worth, the airports were packed, and so were the planes.

But after finishing a day's work in the big city, I buckled on a different kind of seat belt - for a road trip up the iconic California coast, through wine country and past the reminders of history, and finally to the timeless roar of the Pacific Ocean.

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