Monterey Staycation Series: What to See and Do
Monterey’s natural scenery and sprawling landscape are the perfect setting for some fresh air and outdoor activities. Here are our favorite activities for getting your heart rate up while still seeing the sights. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
With beautiful coastal views and well-maintained trails, this hike is a favorite among visitors and locals. Around every turn is a new breathtaking vista and the seal birthing areas might make even the most stoic of hikers whisper an “awww.” Arriving early is the best way to beat the midday crowd and increase your chances of snagging a parking spot in the small lot. Want to make a day out of it? We suggest packing a picnic to enjoy cliffside.
Summer hours: 8am-6:30pm
Winter hours: 8am-4:30pm
Rates: $10 per passenger car
Let these shots from Point Lobos do the true persuading:
The 17-Mile Drive is a scenic loop that stretches from Pacific Grove to Monterey, providing views of Spyglass Hill, Cypress Point and Pebble Beach golf courses, as well as stunning vistas of the California coastline. The Lone Cypress, the trademark of Pebble Beach golf course, is a prominent landmark along the drive. You can drive the course for $9.75, or visit one of the many nearby bike rental shops, like Bay Bikes, for a leisurely afternoon bike ride on the iconic path.