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Popular Attractions in Monterey

If you're a first time visitor to Monterey, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but it may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about attractions in Monterey.

What are some good attractions in Monterey?

Here are some of the most recommended attractions in Monterey.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row Monterey, CA
Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach, CA
Point Lobos
Monterey County, CA
Point Lobos State Reserve
27830 Highway 1 Carmel, CA
17-Mile Drive
Carmel, CA
Bixby Creek Bridge
27494-27498 Cabrillo Highway Monterey, CA
Pebble Beach Golf Course
Monterey, CA
Cannery Row
Cannery Row Monterey, CA
Dennis the Menace Park
777 Pearl St Monterey, CA
Old Fisherman's Wharf
Wharf No. 1 Monterey, CA
474 Alvarado St Monterey, CA
Cannery Row Brewing Company
95 Prescott Ave Monterey, CA
Will's Fargo Dining House & Salon
16 W Carmel Valley Rd Monterey, CA

(831) 659-2774
Carmel Beach
Scenic Dr Monterey, CA

(831) 620-2000
Monterey Farmers Market
Alvarado Street Monterey, CA


Here's what Trippy members had to say about attractions:

"In California I would recommend the San Diego Zoo, and at least one of the Sequoia tree parks -Yosemite National Park or Sequoia and possibly Monterey Bay Aquarium in addition to Disneyland  Then go to Las Vegas  From there you can do daytrips Boulder Dam and to Grand Canyon National Park or you can just drive to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas."  See More

"I don't know as much about the actual hotels in Carmel, we basically stayed in Monterey to walk around that area easily, then drove the 17 Mile Dr down to Pebble Beach and parked in Carmel By the Sea to walk around and eat at a really great Japanese restaurant (can't remember the name now)."  See More

"Hearst Castle, drive Big Sur, stop at Nepenthe and Post Ranch Inn, Visit Carmel By the Sea, Point Lobos Monterey, then into SF for a few days in the city."  See More

"Also of course there is Muir Woods National Monument and Point Reyes National Seashore (you could stay in SF or in Marin) and a bit farther south is Point Lobos State Reserve"  See More

"There is a neat 17-Mile Drive that takes you along the coast with lots of nice views of the water."  See More

"Garrapata State Park , a short distance before Bixby Creek Bridge , is my favorite beach in Big Sur."  See More

"The 17 mile drive, passing by Pebble Beach Golf Course is really scenic."  See More

"1) Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar - Cannery Row: If you only have one night for dinner, this is where you should go."  See More

"Near SF, I would recommend Dennis the Menace Park and Big Basin State Park"  See More

"Aubergine in Carmel By the Sea is really great and if you're a steak person (and I am) I would drive out to Will's Fargo Dining House & Salon in the Carmel Valley"  See More

"I suggest checking out Lallapalooza or Chart House."  See More

"There's also a great brewery in Monterey Bay called Cannery Row Brewing Company"  See More

"Monterey -- Monterey Bay Aquarium and downtown Santa Cruz -- Boardwalk Half Moon Bay -- Beach and tidepools Carmel Beach -- Beaches Big Sur -- Hiking and beaching I've done the drive between SLO and San Francisco quite a few times and I feel like after Carmel, unless you want to go hiking or beaching at Big Sur, there's not much going on until you get closer to SLO."  See More

"com), but since it isn't quite ready, here are a few suggestions: 1) Monterey Farmers Market (it's on Friday's, but works for an extended weekend)."  See More

Where can I find out more about Monterey?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from Monterey locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about Monterey.

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