The Monterey Bay Area Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Monterey Bay Area - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Monterey 20

Santa Cruz 14

Carmel-by-the-Sea 8

Carmel Valley 6

Pacific Grove 5

Salinas 2

Pebble Beach 2

Aptos 1

San Juan Bautista 1

Capitola and Soquel 1

Moss Landing 1

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Beach–Sight 5

Educational Institution 1

Farm/ Ranch 1

Forest 1

Historic District/ Site 2

House/ Mansion/ Villa 5

Information Center 1

Local Interest–Sight 1

Marina/ Pier/ Dock 1

Museum/ Gallery 13

Nature Preserve/ Wildlife Refuge 4

Nautical Site/ Lighthouse 1

Neighborhood/ Street 3

Park (National/ State/ Provincial) 5

Park/ Playground 2

Pedestrian Mall 1

Promenade/ Boardwalk 1

Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 1

Scenic Drive/ Tour 2

Tour–Sight 1

Winery/ Brewery/ Distillery 6

Zoo/ Aquarium 3

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A Taste of Monterey

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Without driving the back roads, you can taste the wines of nearly 100 area vintners (craft beers, too) while taking in fantastic bay...

California's First Theatre

  • Museum/Gallery

This adobe began its life in 1846 as a saloon and lodging house for sailors. Four years later stage curtains were fashioned from army...

Cannery Row

  • Neighborhood/Street

When John Steinbeck published the novel Cannery Row in 1945, he immortalized a place of rough-edged working people. The waterfront...

Casa Soberanes

  • House/Mansion/Villa

A classic low-ceiling adobe structure built in 1842, this was once a Custom House guard's residence. Exhibits at the house survey life...

Colton Hall

  • Museum/Gallery

A convention of delegates met here in 1849 to draft the first state constitution. The stone building, which has served as a school, a...

Cooper-Molera Adobe

  • House/Mansion/Villa

The restored 2-acre complex includes a house dating from the 1820s, a gift shop, and a large garden enclosed by a high adobe wall. The...

Custom House

  • Museum/Gallery

Built by the Mexican government in 1827 and now California's oldest standing public building, the Custom House was the first stop for...

Dennis the Menace Playground

  • Park/Playground

The late cartoonist Hank Ketcham designed this play area. Its equipment is on a grand scale and made for Dennis-like daredevils: kid...

Fisherman's Wharf

  • Pedestrian Mall

The mournful barking of sea lions provides a steady soundtrack all along Monterey's waterfront, but the best way to actually view the...

Fort Ord National Monument

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Scenic beauty, biodiversity, and miles of trails make this former U.S. Army training grounds a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts...