Cannery Row MonumentSnap a selfie at this historic monument and learn more about the history of Cannery Row. Dedicated to nine historical figures that each played a vital role in the history of the area, this monument is a great photo op as well as a vital look back. From author John Steinbeck to biologist Ed Ricketts, the statue features some of the area's most well-known historic figures.
Play on Pebble Beach Golf LinksTest your swing and tee off on the No. 1 Public Golf Course in America. Over its 5-year history, this legendary course has hosted championship events like the US Open and Pebble Beach Pro Am, and is set to host the Women's Open in 2023. With captivating courses surrounded by the incredible coastal beauty of Pebble Beach, this is a can't-miss for any golf enthusiast.
Hiking at Jack's Peak ParkLocated in Monterey, Jack's Peak is a must-see for anyone traveling to the area. Hike along the Skyline Trail, past a waterfall, catch a glimpse of the native California wildlife, and ascend to the highest point on the Monterey Peninsula. Rising more than 1,000 feet above Monterey, it's a sight you won't forget.
Go on a Whale Watching TourNo visit to Monterey is complete without a whale watching tour. Embark on the adventure of lifetime and catch a glimpse of some of nature's most beautiful and beloved creatures. Set out for a tour of the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, teeming with diverse underwater sea life, and snap photos of these majestic creatures in their natural surroundings.
Bike the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational TrailTake in the dramatic coastline and beautiful sunsets as you bike along this waterfront trail, stretching for 18 miles along the Monterey Bay coast. It's a great way to enjoy a safe, socially distanced adventure with friends and family, while taking in the spectacular scenery and sights along the water. You might even catch a glimpse of some sea lions or sea otters.
McAbee Beach and Del Monte BeachesStroll the shore, catch sight of local wildlife as you traverse the boardwalk paths through sand dunes, enjoy a beachside picnic with the family, or simply soak up the sun. McAbee Beach and Del Monte Beach are two hidden gems, known among locals and enjoyed for their privacy. Plan a visit and treat yourself to a peaceful day at two of Monterey's best kept secrets.
Visit the Monarch Butterfly SanctuaryThe Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary shelters thousands of Monarch Butterflies from October through February, offering a truly mesmerizing glimpse into the habits of these beautiful insects. Located in Pacific Grove, this cluster of eucalyptus branches is a sanctuary for these majestic creatures. This is a must-add for your itinerary if you're a nature lover.
17-Mile Drive Electric Bike TourStretching from Monterey to Carmel, the scenic 17-mile Drive has been a favorite for both locals and out-of-towners for years. Now, there's a new way to experience this scenic byway. Hop on an electric bike and embark on a coastal adventure that winds its way through some of California's most striking scenery.
Walk Along Lover's Point in Pacific GroveEnjoy a little romantic time with someone special. This state marine reserve is a vital protected area along the southern tip of Monterey Bay. Whether planning an intimate stroll along the shore, taking a break from exploring other local sights, or planning a picnic for two, this peaceful spot provides the perfect backdrop.
With these and other things to do in Monterey, there's no shortage of safe, fun activities to embark on for the new year. While you're in town, make the Inns of Monterey your home base. We're right in the heart of everything, and our warm, friendly staff will happily point you in the direction of these and other sights.