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Monterey County offers iconic California experiences by highlighting everything that’s best about the Golden State. There are few places on earth as incredibly dynamic and picturesque, with its rugged coastline, beautiful beaches, inland vineyards, world class golf courses and quaint seaside villages. There are dozens of memorable activities, both indoor and out, which cater to every taste and age. It was difficult narrowing our favorites to only ten, but here are the absolutely “don’t miss” vacation experiences for a trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Monterey Bay Aquarium & Cannery Row
One of the world’s best aquariums is a “don’t miss” for the whole family!
Hike Pt. Lobos State Reserve
“The greatest meeting of land and water in the world”, famed landscape artist Francis McComa’s bold but justified claim for the area.
Wine Walk Carmel by-the-Sea
Leave the car in park and enjoy a superior wine-tasting experience on this self-paced, self-guided stroll to tasting rooms.
Explore the rugged Central coastline with a drive to Big Sur
Walk on the purple sand at Pfeiffer St. Beach, featuring an 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean from the Overlook Trail.
Shop ‘til you drop!
Explore the chic boutiques, antiques and galleries in the European-style seaside village of Carmel by-the-Sea.
Let the day go to the dogs!
An afternoon run on Carmel’s beautiful “leash-free” beach is sure to build up a thirst, to be quenched at “Yappy Hour” where you’ll mingle with locals and visitors alike at Cypress Inn’s pet-friendly “Terry’s Lounge”, co-owned by legendary screen star Doris Day. Mutt-tini, anyone?