Monterey & Carmel Points of Interest and Places to Visit

Monterey & Carmel

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 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

Carmel Mission

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 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

Cannery Row

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Cannery Row is a proudly tourist-friendly strip running along the atmospheric Monterey waterfront. Once home to a series of bustling commercial sardine ...  Read more

Pebble Beach

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

Fisherman’s Wharf

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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

17-Mile Drive

California’s 17-Mile Drive, said to be one of the world’s most scenic drives, is an essential Central Coast experience. Looping around the Monterey Peninsula, ...  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

Big Sur

Big Sur, a stunning 71-mile (114-kilometer) stretch of California’s Central Coast, boasts epic views of the mighty Pacific and jagged, dramatic coastline. ...  Read more

Custom House Plaza

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

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

Hearst Castle, perched along California’s Central Coast, is the ostentatious creation of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and architect Julia Morgan. ...  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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