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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17-Mile Drive

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Primordial nature resides in quiet harmony with palatial, mostly Spanish Mission–style estates along 17-Mile Drive, which winds through...

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...

Asilomar State Beach

  • Beach–Sight

A beautiful coastal area, Asilomar State Beach stretches between Point Pinos and the Del Monte Forest. The 100 acres of dunes, tidal...

Bernardus Tasting Room

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

At the tasting room of Bernardus, known for its Bordeaux-style red blend, called Marinus, and Chardonnays, you can sample current releases...

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...

Carmel Beach

  • Beach–Sight

Carmel-by-the-Sea's greatest attraction is its rugged coastline, with pine and cypress forests and countless inlets. Carmel Beach, an...

Carmel Mission

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Long before it became a shopping and browsing destination, Carmel was an important religious center during the establishment of Spanish...

Carmel River State Beach

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

This sugar-white beach, stretching 106 acres along Carmel Bay, is adjacent to a bird sanctuary, where you might spot pelicans, kingfishers,...

Carmel Wine Walk By-the-Sea

  • Tour–Sight

If you purchase a Wine Walk Passport, you can park the car and sample local wines at any 10 of 14 tasting rooms, all within a few blocks...


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