Things to Do

Pebble Beach

Scenic Drive 
17-Mile Drive – scenic drive along the ocean and past estates and golf courses

Horseback Riding
Horseback riding – Forest and beach rides

Kayak Tour
Stillwater Cove Kayak Tour – Two and a half hour guided kayak tour right near the Beach Club and Pebble Beach Golf Links.

The Spa at Pebble Beach


Fitness centers and classes


Downtown Carmel
For shopping, downtown Carmel as well as two shopping villages right off of Highway 1 – The Barnyard and The Crossroads

Carmel Walks
Carmel Walks guided walking tour

Carmel Beach
Carmel Beach at sunset (or anytime)

Tor House
Tor House, the stone home of poet Robinson Jeffers in Carmel (Fri & Sat)

Theater, music, or dance performances

Carmel Mission
A Place of Worship, Education, History and Art

Carmel/Big Sur

Point Lobos State Reserve
This state reserve has beautiful, easy oceanfront trails that meander around coves and inlets, where you can see a lot of wildlife (seals, sea otters, pelicans, herons, cormorants, etc.)

Big Sur coastline
Go for a drive to see breathtaking views high above the Pacific. Stop at California Market in Highlands Inn or Nepenthe for lunch. Browse the Phoenix gift shop next to Nepenthe restaurant.

Point Sur Lighthouse
Take a daytime or full-moon evening tour

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Hike the spectacular waterfall trail.


Monterey Bay Aquarium
Cannery Row
One of the best aquariums in the country! 

Wine tasting
Cannery Row
A Taste of Monterey wine tasting visitor’s center 

Tourist/souvenir shops and restaurants
Cannery Row

Wax Museum
Cannery Row

Bicycle rental
Cannery Row

Cannery Row

Whale watching
Fisherman’s Wharf

Tourist/souvenir shops
Fisherman’s Wharf

Seafood restaurants
Fisherman’s Wharf

Fishing trips
Fisherman’s Wharf

Sailing cruises
Fisherman’s Wharf

Chardonnay Sailing Charters
Carrera Sailing Charters

Path of History
Historic Downtown

Path of History self-paced walking tour of the historic adobes in downtown Monterey 

Monterey Farmers’ Market
Historic Downtown

(On Tuesdays)

Seafood restaurants
Fisherman’s Wharf

Monterey Museum of Art
Historic Downtown

Pacific Grove

Oceanfront recreation trail 
Bike or stroll along the popular 9 mile oceanfront trail from Pacific Grove to Marina

Lover’s Point
Small beach and park. Rent kayaks or bicycles at the beach and take off right from there!

Museum of Natural History
Showcasing the birds and wildlife, plants, geology, and cultural richness of Monterey County.

Victorian mansions and cottages
Visit victorian mansions and cottages throughout town

Bed-and-breakfast inns
Take a tour of these historic homes-turned-inns

Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary
See thousands of butterflies that migrate to Pacific Grove each winter (October-March)

Carmel Valley

Wine tasting
Most of Carmel Valley’s wine tasting rooms, such as Bernardus Winery, Holman Ranch Vineyards and Joullian Vineyards are located just a short stroll from each other.

Horseback riding
Saddle up for a horseback ride in beautiful wine country.

Moss Landing

Chamber of Commerce
Get general information from the Chamber of Commerce.

Antique Stores

Elkhorn Slough Safari 
Two-hour boat cruises of the wetlands – see lots of wildlife 

Phil’s Fish Market & Restaurant
Lunch or dinner at Phil’s Fish Market & Restaurant 

Whale watching
Hop aboard an eco-friendly Sanctuary Cruise for the premier whale watching adventure on the Monterey Bay!

Kayak Elkhorn Slough


National Steinbeck Center
Drawing from the works of John Steinbeck, The National Steinbeck Center is dedicated to Steinbeck’s creative legacy: to participate, to inspire, to educate, and to understand one another.

Literary Walking Tour
Covers Steinbeck literary locations in historic Old Town Salinas, the city of John Steinbeck’s birth (including his home)

Wine tasting
A Taste of Monterey wine tasting visitor’s center on Main Street

Various Locations

Monterey Movie Tours
Take a guided, narrated bus tour of the many movie locations located throughout the Monterey Peninsula 

Theater, music, dance performances