Day Trip, Big Sur
This famous street, formerly known as Ocean View Avenue, became world famous due to the Famous Novel of John Steinbeck called Cannery Row that also became a movie. In 1958 it was renamed into Cannery Row in honor of the Novel and Film. It was before a long line of Sardine Canneries, which was the main business along the street but the last one closed in 1973. Due to the Novel and film, the place became famous and Tourism Related Activities started to pick up and the tourism related establishments like restaurant, shops, hotels, the Monterey Bay Aquarium began to sprout and many of which are located in former cannery buildings, and a few historic attractions. Some privately owned fishing companies still exist on Cannery Row, housed on piers located a short distance from the historic district frequented by tourists.
the 17 mile drive is one of the most wonderful attractions in Monterey County. This is a private enclave straddling the Pacific Grove, Monterey and Carmel Towns and is where the world famous pebble beach golf course, home of the US Open, is located. It also has the less expensive Spy Glass Hill Golf Course plus other assorted areas of Interest like the rocky outcroppings along the drive in the beaches, the famous lone cypress, the Spanish Bay and more. The 17 mile drive provides vistas of golf courses including Spyglass Hill, Cypress Point and Pebble Beach. After reaching Carmel Way, and the exit to Carmel, the 17-Mile Drive then heads northeast to the Highway 68/Highway 1 interchange, where one can exit, or continue to loop along the higher vistas of 17-Mile Drive, some of which offer views from more than 600 feet above sea-level. The full loop will take you back to the Pacific Grove Gate at Sunset Drive, roughly a distance of 17 miles hence the name.
The 17-Mile Drive is a 17 miles (27 km) long scenic loop having five entrances, including one at California State Route 1 and one at Pacific Grove off Sunset Drive and you have to pay an entrance fee of $ 9.50 per person to enter it (will be free if you dine at any restaurants inside the pebble beach and have them validate your admission ticket and the guardhouse will refund the price upon exit).
Drive South on Highway 1 for about 40 miles,true mileage is available on tourist guide,and head for Jade Beach,When you pull up to the area,you cross a green field,just keep heading towards the cliffs,here,you will find,the worn path to go down to the beach,which you will have to wait for when the tide is out,but we lounge the day away with a picnic, Anyhow,once down here,you will find Green Jade.
Lake San Antonio, an hour east of Hwy 101 near King City is a great spot for camping, boating,water fowl viewing and splashing around in the lake. Temps get to 110 in the summer...a bit hot ...but thats what the lake is for!!