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Whether it's your first or 10th time visiting the area, the stunning scenery along the 17-Mile Drive never disappoints. The beaches and coastal terrain  best found in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve  are also worth exploring. Follow one of the reserve's hiking trails and you're sure to encounter memorable views. Most everyone likes the aquatic displays at the Monterey Bay Aquarium as well. And those who visit Monterey regularly continue to indulge in the luxury of Carmel-by-the-Sea and still go out of the way to get a glimpse of the unforgettable views from the Pebble Beach Golf Links.

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#1
Carmel-by-the-Sea Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Located south of Monterey and Pebble Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a humble seaside village with a few small shops and cafes ... read more»

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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: South of Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve receives praise from almost everyone who visits. The dramatic rock formations ... read more»

#3
Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Open Sea Exhibit best exemplifies how special the massive Monterey Bay Aquarium is. Sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, jellyfish and ... read more»

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#4
Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Golfers dream of playing at the Pebble Beach Golf Club, which is often considered to be one of the most ... read more»

#5
17-Mile Drive
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Tracing the rugged Pacific coastline, the 17-Mile Drive isn't just a road. The route offers breathtaking views of the ... read more»

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#6
Old Fisherman's Wharf Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Near Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Old Fisherman's Wharf is not the smelly, salt water-stained place it ... read more»

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Cannery Row Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Anchored by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row is the epicenter of Monterey's tourism industry. Boutique hotels, shops and ... read more»

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