Visitors of the Monterey Bay Aquarium can explore award-winning exhibits like the interactive Splash Zone, the expanded Enchanted Kelp Forest, Coral Reef Kingdom, Rugged Rocky Shore gallery, and rotating special exhibits. Discover why the Monterey Bay Aquarium is recognized as the nation's finest aquarium.
The Pacific Coast Highway runs along the California coast and cuts right through the heart of Big Sur, meaning "the big south" - a region where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean. This dramatic geography makes Big Sur one of the most scenic regions in the country, with breathtaking vistas just steps from the road and plenty of options for hikers to explore.
John Steinbeck's Cannery Row captured life on this fabled street during its industrial heyday. Today, the unique appeal of Cannery Row is what makes it the most popular vacation destination on California's scenic Central Coast. Whether you're a history buff, shopping enthusiast, food fanatic or nature lover, Cannery Row has a memorable experience just for you.
Even before the first commercial automobiles were made, 17-Mile Drive was one of Monterey County's top scenic drives. It began as a carriage road for guests at Monterey's Hotel del Monte in the early 1880s, and since then has been lauded for its magnificent scenery. You'll see beautiful beaches, wildlife such as seals and sea lions, the famed Lone Cypress, astounding mansions, several championship golf courses and of course the legendary Lodge at Pebble Beach.
Contemporary galleries complement the old-world elegance and lavish rose gardens of this gorgeous, historic estate. Located in one of Monterey's oldest neighborhoods, La Mirada began as a modest stone adobe in the Mexican period. It was later remodeled to become an elegant home where the great stars of silent film were entertained.
Since 1919, golfers have relished this spectacular ocean-side course designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant. Signature holes and breathtaking scenery have led many to consider Pebble Beach Golf Links the greatest golf course in America.
Part of what makes Asilomar so unique is its true connection with nature. Biking, bird watching, and strolling along the boardwalk are just a few ways guests can relax and enjoy the day. In winter, guests can also admire the thousands of majestic monarch butterflies that migrate to the butterfly trees of the Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific Grove. Sports lovers can choose from an array of outdoor activities including cycling along miles of beautiful shore, kayaking, surfing, scuba diving, deep sea fishing or horseback riding.
While Carmel Valley Ranch has been a favorite getaway spot for decades, the resort recently reimagined itself as something more than a traditional escape. Play 18 holes of world-class golf, access hundreds of miles of hiking trails, wander around an organic garden, learn about honey bees in an apiary, explore vineyard terroir, enjoy mountain-top yoga, and relax by your choice of pools - all within walking distance of your suite.
Founded on historic Fisherman's Wharf in the 1950s, the Grotto features a variety of fresh sustainable seafood, certified Angus beef, Italian pasta dishes and freshly baked desserts.
TusCA presents authentic and sophisticated regional Italian dishes created from the wealth of locally and seasonally sourced California produce, meats and fish. Through simple preparation techniques such as braising and roasting, the seasonally procured ingredients of California are transformed into satisfying, recognizable, and comfortable meals.
1833 is located at the historic Stokes Adobe house. They have reinvented this landmark to offer modern, sophisticated yet casual American dining.
Old World Steak House Traditions live on at the internationally acclaimed Whaling Station, perched just above Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Named Monterey County's #1 Steak House for over 40 years, The Whaling Station takes the term "Steak House" seriously. Select your USDA Prime cut of aged beef from a silver tray, and watch your Caesar Salad being tossed tableside.
Experience the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, combined with world class dining on historic Cannery Row, within walking distance to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and fine shops. The Fish Hopper, once an original sardine cannery building, offers panoramic views of the beautiful Monterey Bay from every table and a heated outdoor patio. Enjoy sustainable seafood, certified Angus steaks, pastas, live shellfish and more.
Located on Fisherman's Wharf, Cafe Fina specializes in fresh local seafood and homemade pastas. Enjoy organic home-grown vegetables, pizzas from the wood-burning oven, ocean views, and refreshing coastal ambiance.
Select from more than 70 beers and 30 small batch bourbons, dine on burgers, steaks, and seafood, and enjoy live music and other events. This historic building features lots of TVs, outdoor fire pits, and a laid-back atmosphere.