So many things to do, so little time.
Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row are among Monterey's most popular tourist attractions – offering visitors outdoor recreation, fine dining, great sightseeing, unique shopping, and exciting nightlife.
For the more adventurous, you can rent a kayak at Lovers Point (Pacific Grove) for an up-close and personal experience with the Monterey Bay or stay dry and bicycle, roller skate, or walk along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. This well-manicured, multiuse trail is part of a network that runs from Marina to Pacific Grove. All along the route, there are plenty of benches for the leisurely sightseer to rest and enjoy the sweeping ocean views.
17 Mile Drive – Pacific Grove to Carmel
Plan 1-2 hours for this amazing drive as you travel by beautiful vistas of the Pacific Ocean, grand houses, and world-renowned golf courses. The trip connects Pacific Grove to Carmel-by-the-Sea. They do charge a $10 fee for cars! Save the cost and enjoy more by walking or riding a bike.
Big Sur – south of Carmel on Hwy. 1
The wonderful drive boasts some of the most beautiful ocean and mountain views that California has to offer. Once in Big Sur, enjoy a fine meal at several area restaurants, take in the wildflowers on a walk/hike in one of the State Parks, or sun bathe on one of the area's pristine beaches.
Cannery Row – Monterey
Cannery Row is Monterey's most popular vacation destination, offering visitors attractions, recreation, restaurants, convenient shopping & exciting nightlife.
Carmel Mission – Carmel
San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission: The Site of Carmel Mission Basilica and National Shrine of Blessed Junipero Serra
Fisherman's Wharf – Monterey
A visit to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula just isn't complete without a rendezvous with Old Fisherman's Wharf – a myriad of great restaurants, seafood, unique shops, whale watching, fishing, and bay cruises, theatre, and the sights and sounds of Monterey's past.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – Salinas
1021 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Salinas, CA 93908
Museums and Historical Sites – Various locations
Various locations around Monterey, Pacific Grove and Salinas
Monterey Bay Aquarium – Monterey
886 Cannery Row Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 648-4800
The Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California offers visitors nearly 200 award-winning galleries and exhibits. Explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium web site to learn about ocean life, take a virtual tour of the aquarium or plan a visit.
Monterey Jazz Festival – Monterey
Held every September on the Monterey Fairgrounds site where the Festival was first presented in 1958, the Monterey Jazz Festival is dedicated to perpetuating the uniquely American form of music known as jazz by producing performances that celebrate the legacy and expand the boundaries of jazz.Monterey Jazz Festival – Monterey
Monterey Maritime Museum – Monterey
2011 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey CA 93940
The Monterey History and Maritime Museum holds almost 6000 artifacts, over 50,000 photographs, and papers in the collection.
Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District – Various locations
This website is also a portal to other public park and recreation related websites in the area and beyond.
Monterey State Historic Park (Historic Adobes) – Monterey
Memory Garden Custom House Plaza, Monterey (831) 649-7118
Please note that due to State budget cutbacks, many of the free tours are limited or canceled. Please check with the State Parks for the latest information.
Monterey State Historic Park is a collection of significant historic houses and buildings interspersed throughout Old Monterey. The inside of the Stevenson House, Larkin House, Cooper-Molera Adobe, and Casa Soberanes can ONLY be viewed with a State Park Guide. These four guided house tours, the Guided Walking Tour of Old Monterey, the Pacific House Museum and Custom House are all FREE. Guided Walking Tours begin at the Pacific House Museum in Custom House Plaza – a great way to start your discovery of Monterey.
Pacific Grove Downtown – Pacific Grove
165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, CA (831) 648-5716
In a setting of original Victorian buildings, Pacific Grove is home to many fine restaurants, unique boutiques and antique shops.
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History – Pacific Grove
165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, CA (831) 648-5716
The Pacific Grove Museum is your living personal field guide to the California Central Coast. Explore the birds and wildlife, plants, geology and cultural richness that make this region unique in the world.
Located between Pacific Grove and Carmel-by-the-Sea
Pebble Beach Resorts, host of the 2010 U.S. Open, is comprised of three hotels: The Lodge at Pebble Beach, The Inn at Spanish Bay, and Casa Palmero; four golf courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay, and Del Monte Golf Course; and the recently opened Spa at Pebble Beach. Pebble Beach Golf Links has played host to 10 USGA championships since opening in 1919 and hosts the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tournament. U.S. Open Champions at Pebble Beach are among the biggest names in golf, including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tom Kite and Tiger Woods. Pebble Beach Resorts is proud to announce Pebble Beach Golf Links, site of Tiger Woods' historic win at the 2000 U.S. Open Championship, will once again host the championship in 2010."
Located three miles south of Carmel on Highway 1 (831) 624-4909
Deriving its name from the offshore rocks at Punta de los Lobos Marinos, Point of the Sea Wolves, where the sound of the sea lions carries inland, the Reserve has often been called "the crown jewel of the State Park System." Point Lobos has offered many things to millions of people who have visited it over the years. Point Lobos State Reserve has outstanding passive recreation values, such as sightseeing, photography, painting, nature study, picnicking, SCUBA diving, and jogging.
Point Piños Lighthouse – between Pacific Grove and Carmel
Asilomar Avenue, just north of the intersection with Lighthouse Ave. (831) 648-3176
Point Pinos is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast. Since February 1, 1855, its beacon has flashed nightly as a guide and warning to shipping off the rocky California coast.
San Carlos Cathedral – San Carlos Borromeo de Monterey
500 Church St., Monterey, CA (831) 624-3600
San Carlos Borromeo de Monterey was founded by Father Junipero Serra on June 3, 1770, on the shores of Monterey Bay, as the cornerstone of his Mission. A year later, Fr. Serra moved the Mission to Carmel.
One Main Street Salinas, CA (831) 796-3833
The Center is located in John Steinbeck's hometown of Salinas, California, a scenic 17-mile drive from Monterey in the heart of Steinbeck Country. The Museum offers three distinct visitor experiences in literature and history, agriculture and art, as well special events and educational programs.