While there are plenty of things to do in Monterey, such as spending some time at the Monterey Bay Aquarium to learn more about the marine life in the area, there are also nearby places to be explored as well! Monterey’s unique location makes it an ideal hub to easily get around other popular destination in California. Check out these nearby locations if you’re looking for ideas for Monterey California day trips.
This rugged stretch of coastline offers visitors an unforgettable experience of taking in the beautiful, natural landscape of the CA coast. During your drive, there are a number of places to pullover so you can snap that perfect picture. Along the way, stop off at various eateries as well as outdoor opportunities such as stopping at the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park featuring a waterfall and various hiking trails.
This National Historic Landmark gives visitors a chance to take in an incredible architectural masterpiece. Created by publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst and architect Julia Morgan, the castle was built in 1919 and was completed in 1947. There are a number of tours that you can take that explore various places of this castle. Visit the official website for more information.
Just about a 2 hour drive from Monterey, you can find yourself in San Francisco. Home to popular destinations such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Alcatraz, there is plenty to do and see in the city. Spend the day exploring various museums or head to the Marina to and take in the natural sights.
This popular seaside destination is a fun day trip to take from Monterey. Less than an hour away, Santa Cruz is known for its historic wharf featuring a Beach Boardwalk with a carousel from 1911 as well as a fun roller coaster and classic carnival games. At Downtown Santa Cruz spend some time in local cafes, galleries and boutiques.