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Best Things To Do in Monterey

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 universal traveler favorites worth exploring. Most everyone likes the aquatic displays at the Monterey Bay Aquarium as well. And those who visit Monterey regularly stick to the indulgent comforts of Carmel-by-the-Sea and the golf courses like Pebble Beach Golf Links.

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#1
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 this pristine portion of ... read more»

#2
Carmel-by-the-Sea Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: South of Monterey and Pebble Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a humble seaside village with a few small shops and caf├ęs -- at ... 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 and schools of ... read more»

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

Why go: Every golfer dreams of playing at the Pebble Beach Golf Club. And most can only dream about it, as the ... read more»

#5
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»

#6
17-Mile Drive
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Coursing through the Pebble Beach-Pacific Grove area, this stretch of roadway offers breathtaking views of the Pacific and multi-million-dollar houses ... read more»

#7
Cannery Row Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

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

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