Beyond wine touring, there's much to do. Historic sites abound, and beach hikes and whale-watching excursions are popular. The region has two of the most breathtaking scenic drives on the California Coast: the 17-Mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsula, and Highway 1, which traverses the rugged and beautiful terrain of Big Sur south of Carmel.
Please note that prices, hours of operation and other details can often change, and we recommend that you call ahead before you go.
MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM
886 Cannery Row, Monterey
Telephone (831) 648-4800
Open Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost Adults, $39.95; students and seniors, $34.95; children 3 to 12, $24.95
One of the largest and most highly regarded aquariums in the world, this is a must-see. Located right on Monterey Bay, it offers extraordinary exhibits of jellyfish, sea otters, seahorses, a giant octopus, penguins and more. It's all kid-friendly, with opportunities to touch the likes of starfish, abalones, sea urchins and kelp crabs. Allow a few hours to see it all.
Pebble Beach Golf Links overlooks Carmel Bay for stunning views while golfers play the holes.
PEBBLE BEACH GOLF
Telephone (800) 877-0597
With four 18-hole courses, Pebble Beach Resorts is seventh heaven for golfers. The best-known course is Pebble Beach Golf Links, which plays host to the annual Pro-Am Tournament. Although it has a steep green fee ($495 for resort guests), it is frequently rated among the top 10 courses in the world. Spyglass Hill is known as one of the most demanding courses in the Americas, while The Links at Spanish Bay offers windswept Scottish-style play. Located off the water, Del Monte is considered a good value at $110. Golfing priority is given to resort guests; inquire well in advance for information about accessibility.