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Top 10 Monterey Attractions & Activities

The Monterey Peninsula is famous for its natural beauty, blending land and sea like no other in the world. With dramatic landscapes, compelling attractions and activities are numerous. The Monterey Peninsula is predominantly noted as the #1 golf destination in the country. In Monterey, explore the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, Steinbeck's historic Cannery Row and the charismatic Fisherman's Wharf. Carmel-by-the-Sea is reminiscent of a European village with compelling art galleries and quaint little shops. Carmel Valley is celebrated for its world-renown wineries. Pebble Beach features the distinguished 17-Mile Drive, Stillwater Cove and the iconic Lone Cypress. Not to be outdone, a short drive south on highway 1 will lead you to the illustrious Big Sur coast.

#1 - Monterey Peninsula Golf
Monterey Peninsula Golf
The Monterey Peninsula is a world renowned golf destination, offering the most dramatic, natural settings for golf anywhere in the world. This breathtaking region host more world-class golf courses than any other with a beautiful year-round climate.

  Monterey Peninsula Golf
1491 Cypress Dr.
Unit 93
Pebble Beach, Ca 93953

#2 - Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers visitors an extraordinary experience, featuring 200 award-winning galleries and exhibitions. Rated the #1 aquarium in the country for family entertainment, this aquarium is a must see if you travel to Monterey. Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium web site to learn about ocean life, view their current exhibits or plan a visit. The Mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans.
  886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 648-4800

#3 - 17 Mile Drive
17 Mile Drive
Located in Pebble Beach, 17 Mile Drive is one of the most renown stretches of road in the country. Winding along a magnificent portion of the Pacific coast, the natural beauty and wildlife are unsurpassed. If you are looking for a elegant sightseeing experience, this breathtaking meeting of land and sea will not disappoint.

  Pebble Beach
(831) 647-7500

#4 - Big Sur
Big Sur
Big Sur is the embodiment of untouched wilderness. Invision granite rock formations engulfed by powerful surf creating some of California's most memorable ocean vistas. Big Sur is located between Carmel and the northern tip of San Luis Obispo County. Jack Kerouac and Henry Miller found their life's-breath of inspiration in its redwood lined canyons and vast coastline. Wildlife thrives in the region with gray whales migrating past twice a year, and endangered sea otters making their home in the rocky shores.


Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100

#5 - Cannery Row
Cannery Row
Cannery Row is a historic waterfront located in Monterey. Author John Steinbeck brought a spotlight to this destination with his 1945 novel "Cannery Row." Once an industrial district famous for canning sardines, Cannery Row has transformed into a destination for shopping, dining and seaside activities on the beautiful shoreline of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.


Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940

#6 - Concours d'Elegance, Pebble Beach
Concours d'Elegance, Pebble Beach
The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is the world's premier automobile celebration, dating back to it's inauguration in 1950. This event is a showcase of the greatest and most rare automobiles in the world. These magnificent cars are positioned on the famed eighteenth fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links annually in August, allowing spectators to get a firsthand view. Associated with this event is the most prestigious automobile auction in the country.

  200 Clock Tower Place, Suite 205A
Carmel, CA 93923

#7 - Fishermans Wharf
Fishermans Wharf
This landmark in Monterey has something for everybody, featuring many excellent restaurants, guided tours, and interesting shops. Whether you wish to dine on incredible seafood, go for a whale-watching tour, look at historical artifacts, or purchase exotic candy, you will find it on Fisherman's Wharf. The restaurants located on the wharf are some of the finest in Monterey. It can also be a great place to buy freshly caught fish or just walk around and look at all the sea life frolicking about. Throughout the year various special events are hosted at this historic location.

  140 W. Franklin St.
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 649-6544

#8 - Kayaking
Monterey Bay Kayaks offers a unique experience to outdoors enthusiasts. The friendly and knowledgable staff offer an outstanding combination of excellent customer service and the best selection of high quality kayaks and equipment.

  693 Del Monte Avenue
Monterey, CA 93940
(800) 649-5357
(831) 373-5357

#9 - Laguna Seca Raceway
Laguna Seca Raceway
Since 1957, the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) has operated and maintained Laguna Seca Raceway. Laguna Seca is host to five annual racing events including the Monterey Festival of Speed, Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, 35th Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races, Corona AMA Superbike Finale and the Monterey Sports Car Championships.
  1021 Monterey-Salinas Highway
Salinas, CA 93908

#10 - Monterey Bay Whale Watch
Monterey Bay Whale Watch
Monterey Bay Whale Watch offers year-round whale watching trips to observe the spectacular diversity and abundance of whales and dolphins inhabiting the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

  P.O. Box 52001
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 375-4658

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