If you are in the area of Monterey or Carmel for a day or two I would highly recommend a visit to Point Lobos State Reserve. It costs about $10 to get in initially but the views and experience are well worth it! You have the option to drive to several locations and take in the views from a short walk or hike throughout the reserve. I would suggest bringing a lunch, being well stocked with water, and plan a solid half day to go hiking through. There is so much wildlife to see from birds to deer on the mainland from otters to whales in the ocean! The trails take you through the whole reserve and allow you take in breathtaking views of rock formations, spectacular tree lines, nature at its finest!