Monterey Off The Beaten Path

  • Coastal Views / Beaches
    by machomikemd
  • Coastal Views / Beaches
    by machomikemd
  • Coastal Views / Beaches
    by machomikemd

Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Monterey

  • 1. Parks

    The Frog Pond Wetland Preserve in Del Rey Oaks is maintained and operated by Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District. This tiny 17 acre park is open for pedestrians only and has about one mile of...

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  • 2. Coastal Views / Beaches

    if you are visiting the Hearst Castle Historical State Park after a walk through of Monterey and Carmel with lost of spare time or having 2 to 3 day extra time, I would suggest a timely stop along Big...

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  • 3. 17-Mile-Drive

    Lucia is a Small Hamlet in the Santa Lucia Mountain Range at the Winding and Scenic Highway 1 and is bannered by a small lodge and restaurant where there are spectacular views of the pacific Ocean and...

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  • 4. Sea Life

    Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is a 1400-acre laboratory for scientific research and estuarine education. It is one of just 26 National Estuarine Research Reserves nationwide and...

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  • 5. The Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum

    The Spirit of Monterey Wax Musuem is an off the beaten path activity for history buffs and people who love to see wax figures hehehe. Located inside this small...

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  • 6. Go to Hearst Castle

    Driving up to the Highway 1 for 99 miles from monterey will lead you to Hearst Castle, It is a 2/12 hour drive along the scenic and winding roads of CA Route...

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  • 7. Take a Red Trolley Tour

    On a red trolley you can be given two very different tour options. A wine tour of Carmel Valley Wineries in Monterey County. Or more unique, a ninety minute...

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  • 8. Old Monterey Path of History Walking Tour

    Yes, I included the walking tour under my "things-to-do" tip, but I also include it here because the path covers many historic sites and gardens that the...

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  • 9. Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo - Old Town

    The smallest cathedral in the US, this is also the oldest continually operating church in America and the oldest stone building in California. In its early...

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  • 10. Point Lobos State Reserve

    Located about 3 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, Point Lobos State Reserve has some of the most breathtaking beauty and diverse scenery in the Central Coast....

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  • 11. Mission Basilica in Carmel

    The Carmel Mission Basilica is a beautiful mission located outside of Carmel. For photo buffs, plenty of historic architecture. Also a wonderful garden path and...

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  • 12. Cactus Garden

    Across the parking lot from the Del Monte Hotel is the Arizona Cactus Garden. The garden was created 1881-1882, fell into disarray and was fully restored in...

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  • 13. Short Road Trip for Seafood and Antiques

    There isn't really a lack of things to do in Monterey, but if you're looking to get out of town for a day, this is great place to visit. Tons of wildlife, ocean...

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  • 14. Haunted Monterey

    Monterey is one of the oldest European towns in Monterey, so it's not surprising that it has a share of so-called haunted houses and ghost stories. Some of the...

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  • 15. Relax on a heated bench next to a fountain!

    This place is amazing its right off the rec trail and nobody seems to know about it. Even on the craziest day on Cannery Row you go on down to the tea room and...

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  • 16. Monterey Fire Department Historical Museum

    Monterey Fire Station #2 is located at 582 Hawthorne Street New Monterey and provides first response to New Monterey, Cannery Row, and the Presidio. The station...

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  • 17. Watsonville Ocean Speedway

    If you're looking for something to do on a Friday night (not that Monterey won't have plenty) drive north to Watsonville. About 20 minutes from Monterey is the...

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  • 18. Thomas O. Larkin House

    In 1832 Thomas O. Larkin, the half brother of John Rogers Cooper (of the Cooper-Molera Adobe), joined his brother in business in Monterey. Larkin was a New...

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  • 19. Cannery Row has some history!

    Cannery Row isn't all tourist restaurants, hotels, and souvenir shops; this area actually has some real history! Starting with early Chinese immigrants and...

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  • 20. Robert Louis Stevenson in Monterey

    Robert Louis Stevenson, famed Scottish author of numerous books including Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, spent about six months in...

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  • 21. Frog Pond Del Ray Oaks

    Small parks can be found allover the Monterey area. If you travel through Fort Ord, towards Monterey, you'll exit the old base in Del Ray Oaks near the Frog...

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  • 22. Monterey's Best Back Alley - Houston Street

    My favorite little back alley in Monterey is the amazingly short one-way road called Houston Street. This tiny, rarely visited patch of asphalt houses two key...

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  • 23. Historic New Monterey

    New Monterey has quite a bit of history, though it is newer than Old Monterey. A key component of New Monterey is Cannery Row, the historic canning district,...

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  • 24. Cooper Molera Adobe

    The Cooper-Molera Adobe was begun in 1823, and today it is a wonderful, yet hidden, green oasis in the middle of downtown Monterey. It is surrounded by tall...

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  • 25. Golden State Theatre

    Built in 1926, this classic theater is still in use today. In 1929, it became the first theater to show talking pictures on the Monterey Peninsula. The décor in...

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