There is plenty to do in Monterey, California, from going to the aquarium, driving 17 miles, eating at the Fishermen’s Wharf, art galleries in Carmel, or walking along the Pacific Grove coastline. But if you are a little heartbroken and you are exploring some amazing Central Beach offers near you, here is a short list of day trip ideas to get you started.
1. Pinnacles National Monument – Located east of Soledad, south of Salinas 101, this magical place with stunning geographical beauty. Routes revolve around strange cliffs that make you wonder if you are still on planet Earth. Do not forget to bring plenty of water and close lunch. The Chalone winery is nearby, if you want to give them a little taste of wine.
2. Point Lobus – Located just south of Carmel, the state reserve Point Lobus. It costs $ 8 per car (if there is an elderly citizen within $ 4) and there are several small sections to choose from once in the park. From these parts you can access various routes, some of which lead inland and others to the pristine coastal bays.
3. Santa Cruz – Go north from Monterey to the beach and finally you will be in Santa Cruz. The sidewalk on Santa Cruz Beach has a popular roller coaster and recreation area on the oceanfront, while the beach has warmer waters than most of Northern California and is popular with surfers. The Santa Cruz Mountains area of the Redwoods has several wineries to visit, as well as a narrow-width steam train that exits the Felton.
4. Big Sur – South of Monterey on Highway 1 is the Big Sur area, a land of famous artists, writers, nature lovers, photographers and other ghosts. There is virtually no single destination called Big Sur, but driving it is like experiencing magnificent scenery on a winding road between spectacular mountain cliffs and colliding with the sea below. There are very special places to eat, such as Nepenthe, which hangs along the road ocean. There are several hiking trails in Big Sur, or you can go to one of the beaches by the sea.
5. Wine tasting in the Carmel Valley – If you have enough fog, you will often relax by driving on the Carmel Valley road for 15 minutes in the heat and sun (sometimes considerably). Several wine tasting rooms are located in or around this small village. Chateau Julien is a winery where a tasting room was found before entering the Carmel Valley off the road. In the village, you can visit the wine tasting rooms of Joullian Vineyards, Heller Estate, Robert Talbott Vineyards and Bernardus Winery and Vineyard. If you really want to get away from it all, Galante Vineyards is remotely located indoors.
6. The Steinbeck Museum – Finally, why not head to the Old Town Salinas and visit the Steinbeck National Center? Inspired by the Salinas Valley and its people, John Steinbeck was the author of the Nobel Prize-winning works such as Canned Row, Tequila Throne and Grape of Wrath. The museum houses art exhibitions, cultural exhibitions, a museum shop and a café. In addition, they will soon include an agricultural history and education center.
Then, when you have finished your out-of-town tour, head back to Montreux and consider yourself lucky to have visited one of the best places on earth: Central California Beach.