Monterey & Carmel Points of Interest and Places to Visit

Monterey & Carmel

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

4.5 star rating: Recommended 195 Reviews

One of the top aquariums in the United States, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is not just home to hundreds of marine animals—the nonprofit organization is also ...  Read more

Pebble Beach

4 star rating: Recommended 142 Reviews

Pebble Beach is perhaps most famous for the Pebble Beach Golf Links, which, with its views of Carmel Bay and the Pacific Ocean, is amongst the most beautiful ...  Read more

Cannery Row

4 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

In 1958, Monterey’s most famous waterfront street changed its official name from Ocean View Avenue to its long-time nickname Cannery Row in honor of the 1945 ...  Read more

Carmel Mission

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 22 Reviews

The Carmel Mission, or San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission, to give its full name, was originally not in Carmel at all. Father Junipero Serra founded ...  Read more

Big Sur

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Everything is big in the 90-mile stretch of California coastline known as Big Sur. From the mountains that seem to dive into the Pacific Ocean, the night sky ...  Read more

17-Mile Drive

4 star rating: Recommended 149 Reviews

17-Mile Drive is often said to be one of the most scenic drives in the world and is an essential experience on any visit to California. Driving along the road ...  Read more

Custom House Plaza

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Custom House Plaza, in the heart of Monterey and next to Fisherman’s Wharf, is rich in history and named after the Spanish Colonial style adobe customhouse ...  Read more

Fisherman’s Wharf

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 11 Reviews

Just like its San Francisco counterpart, Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf is crammed full of souvenir shops, candy stores, street performers and seafood ...  Read more

Asilomar State Beach

Small by beach standards, Asilomar State Beach still packs a sandy punch. At just a mile long, it delivers scenery and all the favorites beach goers tend to ...  Read more

Dennis the Menace Park

Good fun for kids of all ages, Dennis the Menace Park is so named as it was deigned by Hank Ketchum, creator of the famously naughty comic strip character, who ...  Read more

Hearst Castle

You will travel over two hours south of Carmel to reach Hearst Castle, but you may feel like you have traveled much longer – say almost one hundred years back ...  Read more

Lovers Point Park

This pint-size picturesque park in the heart of Pacific Grove offers up plenty of outdoor fun, with easy access to ocean waves that are idea for swimming, ...  Read more

Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

Every October, thousands of Monarch butterflies stop in Pacific Grove during their migration to warmer weather. Nicknamed "Butterfly Town, U.S.A.," ...  Read more

Point Lobos State Reserve

The headlands, coves and lush vegetation of Point Lobos inspired landscape artist Francis McComas to declare the marine protected area "the greatest ...  Read more

Point Pinos Lighthouse

Perched on the rocky coast of the Monterey Peninsula, Point Pinos Lighthouse is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast and is listed ...  Read more

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