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Top 10 Must-See Attractions in Monterey for First-Time Visitors

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Top 10 Must-See Attractions in Monterey for First-Time Visitors
Monterey, California is a beautiful coastal town that attracts visitors from all over the world. From the stunning coastline to the rich history and culture, Monterey has something for everyone. If you're planning your first trip to Monterey, you'll want to make sure you don't miss any of the top attractions. In this blog, we've compiled a list of the top 10 must-see attractions in Monterey for first-time visitors.

Cannery Row

Once home to a thriving sardine canning industry, Cannery Row is now a bustling street filled with shops, restaurants, and attractions. Stroll along the waterfront and enjoy the ocean views or stop by the Cannery Row Antique Mall for a unique shopping experience.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the top-rated aquariums in the world, and for good reason. With over 35,000 creatures representing over 550 species, you'll be amazed by the stunning marine life on display. Don't miss the kelp forest exhibit, which showcases the unique ecosystem of the California coast.

17-Mile Drive

Take a scenic drive along the 17-Mile Drive and enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the iconic Lone Cypress tree. This drive is a must-see for anyone visiting Monterey.

Old Fisherman's Wharf

Located in the heart of the historic district, Old Fisherman's Wharf is a popular spot for shopping, dining, and sightseeing. Take a whale-watching tour or grab some fresh seafood at one of the many restaurants on the wharf.

Monterey State Historic Park

Explore the rich history of Monterey at the Monterey State Historic Park. This park includes several historic buildings, including the Custom House, the first government building in California.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Located just south of Monterey, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a beautiful natural area that offers hiking trails, picnic areas, and stunning ocean views. Don't miss the chance to see the sea lions and otters that call this area home.

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Learn about the natural history of the Monterey Peninsula at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. This museum features exhibits on local wildlife, geology, and Native American culture.

Dennis the Menace Park

Located in the heart of Monterey, Dennis the Menace Park is a popular spot for families with kids. This park features a large playground, a train ride, and a paddleboat pond.

Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail

Take a bike ride or a leisurely stroll along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, which stretches for 18 miles along the coast. This trail offers stunning ocean views and easy access to several of Monterey's top attractions.


Just a short drive from Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a charming town known for its beautiful beaches and unique shops and restaurants. Take a walk through the picturesque streets and enjoy the laid-back California vibe.
Don't forget to enjoy breakfast at Casa Munras as Chef Mario has crafted a delightful menu to start your day off right. Take a seat on the patio or enjoy indoor dining. Your favorite locals spot is open for Breakfast!
Monday - Friday (7AM - 10AM)
Saturday - Sunday (7AM - 11AM)

Enjoy Spring at Inns of Monterey

Monterey is a beautiful coastal town that offers a wide range of attractions for visitors of all ages. Whether you're interested in marine life, history, or outdoor activities, there's something for everyone in Monterey. So, start planning your trip today, and don't miss these top 10 must-see attractions for first-time visitors! And when you're ready to book your accommodation, be sure to check out the Inns of Monterey for a comfortable and convenient stay.
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