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Top things to do in Monterey Peninsula

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Ranked #1 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Beaches; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; State Parks; Hiking Trails

 Point Lobos State Reserve is a "must" when visiting the Carmel area.  A small fee will gain you entrance into the park.  The ranger will gladly hand out information and maps for... more »

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Ranked #2 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Historic Walking Areas; Landmarks
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Ranked #3 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Biking Trails
Popular hiking trail running along the Pacific Grove and Monterey coast.
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Ranked #4 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Golf Courses; Sports Complexes
A golf course of legendary status, Pebble Beach is renowned for the challenge and panorama of its links.
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Asilomar State Beach (Pacific Grove)
Ranked #5 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Beaches; State Parks
Owner description: The name of this State Beach means "a refuge by the sea," which describes the breathtaking views of forest, surf and sand on... more » Owner description: The name of this State Beach means "a refuge by the sea," which describes the breathtaking views of forest, surf and sand on more than 105 secluded acres of scenic forest and sand dunes. « less
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Ranked #6 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Beaches

 The Carmel City Beach and the Carmel River Beach are two of the most scenic beaches in this area.  The pristine white sandy beach at Carmel is a nice place for a picnic, to fly a... more »

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Monterey Bay (Monterey)
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$220* and up
Ranked #7 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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$85* and up
Ranked #8 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Aquariums
Owner description: Located at the ocean's edge, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a window to marine life -- for dive masters and non-swimmers alike.... more » Owner description: Located at the ocean's edge, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a window to marine life -- for dive masters and non-swimmers alike. It's home to sea otters, penguins, sharks, jellies and thousands of other marine animals and plants. Its mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans. « less
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Carmel Village (Carmel)
Ranked #9 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Neighborhoods; Other
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Ranked #10 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #11 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Beaches
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Tor House (Carmel)
Ranked #12 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites; Landmarks
The historic home of the poet Robinson Jeffers is open to the public for group tours.
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Lovers Point Park (Pacific Grove)
Ranked #13 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #14 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Nature and Parks
Designed by the creator of Dennis the Menace, this park has all sorts of unique attractions.
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Ranked #15 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Scenic Drives
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Mission Basilica (Monterey)
Ranked #16 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #17 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a federally protected marine area offshore of California's central coast.... more » Owner description: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a federally protected marine area offshore of California's central coast. Stretching from Marin to Cambria, the sanctuary encompasses a shoreline length of 276 miles and 4,601 square nautical miles of ocean. The sanctuary contains our nation's largest kelp forests and one of North America's largest underwater canyons. Its diverse marine ecosystem also includes rugged rocky shores, wave-swept sandy beaches, and tranquil estuaries. The sanctuary is managed to balance recreational and commercial uses with protection of natural resources, water quality, habitats, and its bountiful resident and migratory marine life. Visitors will find in the southern half a mostly undeveloped shoreline of rocky shores and steep mountainsides. The northern shoreline is similar but is dotted with settlements of small towns and moderate-size cities. Visitors to Monterey Bay National Marine Sancuary can enjoy surfing, diving, snorkeling, tidepooling, and camping. Hiking, biking and touring by car are just a few ways visitors can view this stunning coastline. « less
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Lovers Point (Pacific Grove)
Ranked #18 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Beaches; Landmarks/ Points of Interest

 Lover’s Point is a very nice way to spend some time while in the Pacific Grove area.  The grassy park with beautiful views of the coastline is often a place where you will see... more »

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Ranked #19 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Missions; Landmarks
Owner description: Established in 1771, this Spanish mission is one of the most beautiful in the state and worth a visit for its serene aura.... more » Owner description: Established in 1771, this Spanish mission is one of the most beautiful in the state and worth a visit for its serene aura. The mission includes a working church, gardens and interior exhibits. « less
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17-Mile Drive (Monterey)
Ranked #20 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Scenic Drives

The 17 mile drive, CA , is a wonderful and scenicdrive with beautiful views. However, you should keep in mind that this is a toll road and you will have to pay a fee to drive on... more »

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Ranked #21 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: State Parks; Nature and Parks
This park lacks the expected amenities but compensates with its spectacular setting.
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Garrapata Beach (Monterey)
Ranked #22 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Beaches; State Parks
This rocky beach is typical of the beautiful scenery along the Big Sur coastline.
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Ranked #23 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Natural History Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Pacific Grove Museum is your living personal field guide to the California Central Coast. Explore the birds and wildlife,... more » Owner description: The Pacific Grove Museum is your living personal field guide to the California Central Coast. Explore the birds and wildlife, plants, geology and cultural richness that make this region unique in the world. Its mission is to inspire discover, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. This Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. « less
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Point Pinos Lighthouse (Pacific Grove)
Ranked #24 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Lighthouses; Landmarks
One of the oldest operating lighthouses on the West Coast.
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Ranked #25 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: State Parks; Nature and Parks
A state park in Monterey that operates tours of its gardens and historic buildings dating back to the 17th century.
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Ranked #26 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Museums; Performances
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Monarch Grove Sanctuary (Pacific Grove)
Ranked #27 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
Owner description: The Monarch Sanctuary is open from sunrise to sunset, but volunteer monarch docents, who assist with the viewing of monarchs... more » Owner description: The Monarch Sanctuary is open from sunrise to sunset, but volunteer monarch docents, who assist with the viewing of monarchs and can answer questions about the butterflies and their migration, are only there from 12pm-3pm as available. It is highly recommended that you go to the Sanctuary when a docent is present. There is no charge to visit the Sanctuary, but donations are accepted.The Monarchs arrive in the Sanctuary towards the end of October, and leave around the beginning of March. The monarch population peaks the week after Thanksgiving. The monarch migration to Pacific Grove is so inspiring that Pacific Grove is nicknamed "Butterfly Town, U.S.A." The community has always welcomed the butterflies and sought their protection. Citizens of Pacific Grove voted to create an additional tax to create the Monarch Grove Sanctuary, led by dedicated volunteers.The volunteers at the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary are from the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. The Museum, which is just about mile away from the Sanctuary, has a large exhibition on monarch butterflies containing videos and interactive experiences for visitors of all ages. As both the Museum and Sanctuary are free, it's great to pair them together to get the most out of your experience to the monarch Sanctuary. « less
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Coast Guard Pier (Monterey)
Ranked #28 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Other
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Ranked #29 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: State Parks; Nature and Parks
This large park has a diverse range of trails that run along the Big Sur River or out to the coast.
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$220* and up
Ranked #30 of 123 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Neighborhoods; Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks

Monterey Fisherman Wharf Area has restaurants, unique tourist shops, whale watching opportunities, bay cruises,and fishing and sailing excursions. more »

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