Monterey, California Attractions
Experience one of the most spectacular settings in California when you stay at the affordable Comfort Inn Monterey Bay hotel in Monterey, California. Our modern hotel is close to major attractions in the Monterey area, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row and nearby Carmel.
Fisherman's Wharf -
Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey was built in 1846 when Monterey, California was the major port on the Pacific Ocean. Monterey's commercial fishing fleet is now based on the municipal wharf, while Fisherman's Wharf #1 is a very popular destination for visitors seeking a taste of history and the finest fresh seafood dinners. Whale watching and fishing excursions also originate from the Wharf, which boasts unique shops selling nautical items from local artisans. For more information, visit www.monterey-carmel.com/Fishermans_Wharf_Monterey_CA_Photo_Tour.htm
Monterey Bay Aquarium -
Explore the Monterey Bay's diverse habitats through a variety of exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium that recreate shallow tide pools, sandy beaches and the deep blue sea. Get an up-close-and-personal look at kelp forests, sea otters and creatures from the outer bay including soupfin sharks, yellowfin tuna and sea turtles.
Cannery Row -
Experience the best of Monterey's shopping at the 84 retail stores that dot this historic area brought to life in the writings of Monterey Bay native John Steinbeck. When the shopping's finished, it's time to head over to Restaurant Row for fine Monterey County wine and delectable dining. For more information, visit www.canneryrow.com
National Steinbeck Center -
Relive the life and times of one of America's literary giants, John Steinbeck. The National Steinbeck Center in nearby Salinas explores Steinbeck's work, philosophy and themes via interactive, multi-sensory exhibits, educational programs and research archives. Themed theatres showcase "East of Eden," "Cannery Row," "Of Mice and Men" and "The Grapes of Wrath." For more information, visit www.steinbeck.org/MainFrame.html
Big Sur -
Within an hour of Comfort Inn Monterey Bay hotel, you can be among one of the most beautiful natural wonders on the planet. Big Sur is an outdoor lovers' paradise with its superb beaches, awe-inspiring mountains, tantalizing hiking and amazing views.
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve -
Often referred to as "the crown jewel of the state park system," Point Lobos State Natural Reserve offers a setting that's conducive for just about everything including sightseeing, photography, painting, nature study, SCUBA diving and jogging. In addition, many scientific opportunities flourish thanks to the rare plant communities, endangered archeological sites, unique geological formations and incredibly rich flora and fauna. For more information, visit http://pt-lobos.parks.state.ca.us
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum -
Experience more than 100 years of surfing history from a Santa Cruz perspective. Displays include crude surfboard models to modern high-tech designs, as well as early wetsuits, photographs featuring Santa Cruz surfers and wave riding from the 1930s to the present day. Enjoy continuous videos showing the sport's ever-changing styles. For more information, visit www.santacruzsurfingmuseum.org
Jacks Peak County Park -
Outdoor enthusiasts will be very enthusiastic about Jacks Peak County Park in Monterey. Almost 8.5 miles of horseback riding and hiking trails wind through the park's abundance of trees and native plants. Discover fossils from the Miocene epoch along the Skyline Self-Guided Nature Trail. For more information, visit www.co.monterey.ca.us/parks/Jacks_Peak.htm
Old Monterey Market Place -
Every Tuesday afternoon, rain or shine, you'll find a certified farmer's market on Alvarado, Monterey's historic main street. Fresh fruit and vegetables from farmers throughout California's Central Valley and coastal regions are on display. Plus, breads and pastries along with flowers, arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing and handmade soaps will tempt you. For more information, visit www.oldmonterey.org
Monterey Fairgrounds -
Whether you're coming to Monterey for the world-famous Monterey Jazz festival, a favorite since 1958, or the Monterey Bay Blues festival, or any one of the major horse shows, it's all happening at the Monterey Fairgrounds. Host your next company party, receptions, or family gatherings at the Fairgrounds, where its tranquil location will make that special day a memorable one. For more information, visit http://www.montereycountyfair.com/
Tor House and Hawk Tower Tours -
Take a tour of Tor House and Hawk Tower. The cultural and literary legacy of the Californian poet Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962), Tor House was built by Jeffers for himself and his family from 1918-1919. He began building Hawk Tower, which is reminiscent of ancient Irish stone towers, the following year as a retreat for his wife and sons. For more information, visit www.torhouse.org/tours.htm
Moss Landing and Elkhorn Slough -
Approximately 20 miles from Monterey is the location of one of California's second largest marine wetlands, the Elkhorn Slough, in the quaint fishing village of Moss Landing. The Slough offers a spectacular array of over 250 migratory and resident Bird species. Harbor Seals and sea otters enjoy permanent residency at the Elkhorn Slough. Rent a Kayak and paddle through the easy flat waters. End the day with a lunch/dinner and antique shopping in Moss Landing. For more information, visit http://montereybaykayaks.com/info/moss_landing.php
Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway -
Located between Monterey and Salinas on Highway 68, Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway is home to the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, Monterey Historic Automobile Races, the Honda Grand Prix, and much more. It's a world-class raceway and county park where several festivals and concerts happen throughout the year. For more information, visit http://www.laguna-seca.com/.
Roaring Camp Railroads -
Ride a historic steam train through the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains when you visit Roaring Camp Railroads near downtown Santa Cruz. Trains depart from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and from Roaring Camp in Felton. The exciting train trip revisits the routes of the late 1800s and early 1900s when vacationers would travel between the beach and the "big trees," passing through the San Lorenzo River Gorge, a circa 1875 wooden tunnel, and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Visit www.roaringcamp.com for fare and schedule information.
Bixby Bridge -
This bridge is the most iconic spot in Central California. You can see it featured in "Play Misty For Me" as well as numerous automobile commercials. You can stop on the pull-off on the west side of Highway One just north of the bridge to capture a breath taking Bridge shot, but if you want a better shot of the bridge then you can visit the Old Coast Road, a well-maintained dirt road that forks off from Highway One just north of the highway.
The Lone Cypress -
When you drive along the scenic 17-Mile Drive you will come across many beautiful mansions and green golf course pastures as well as taking in the view of the beautiful surrounding ocean. On one of the many stops is the "Lone Cypress Tree" a beautiful symbol of what Pebble Beach is. You can park a long side the 17-mile drive and take in the gorgeous views of the tree on top of the cliff.
Fisherman's Wharf -
A historic Wharf established in 1870 is a tourist attraction you can't miss. You can walk down the wharf sampling tasty clam chowder, or stop and smell the freshly rolled taffy candy being made. At the end of the Wharf you can take an afternoon ride to go whale watching, or maybe just watch the sea lions swim under the Wharf. You can take many pictures of Sea life that comes to the Wharf.
The Carmel Mission -
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, Also known as the Carmel Mission, is the second California mission. Carmel is home to one of the most beautiful missions by far. The mission still remains a parish church until this very day. You can pay a very cheap price, which goes into the mission to help restore its upkeep. Inside the mission you will have the opportunity to explore through the museum and walk through the beautiful gardens.
The Drifters Gallery at the Monterey Bay Aquarium -
You don't need to be a professional photographer to take beautiful pictures. When you visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, visit the Drifters Gallery where you will come across a dark lit room with Jellyfish gracefully swimming all around you. You will experience the sea life of the silhouette angel like creatures behind glass windows. The best part of this exhibit is taking beautiful pictures. You don't need any flash to make a picture look like a professional photographers.