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The jewel of California's Central Coast provides a veritable feast for the outdoor adventure enthusiast: from mountain biking to whale watching, trail running to staggering sunsets, Monterey County has it all *and* some of the best food and wine anywhere in the world.

Top Spots

Sail on Monterey Bay

Monterey, California

Scuba Dive Breakwater Cove

Monterey, California

Huckleberry Hill Loop Trail

Monterey, California

1.84 mi / 620 ft gain

Shoreline Stroll Trail

Monterey, California

9.56 mi / 292 ft gain

Relax at Lover's Point Beach

Pacific Grove, California

4.8

Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail

Pacific Grove, California

3.95 mi / 125 ft gain

Explore Lovers Point

Pacific Grove, California

5.0

Paddle Lover's Point

Pacific Grove, California

SFB Morse Botanical Reserve

Del Monte Forest, California

3.03 mi / 381 ft gain

Places to stay

Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds

Pacific Grove, California

Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds

From $176 / night

Moss Landing KOA Express

Moss Landing, California

Moss Landing KOA Express

Salinas / Monterey KOA

Prunedale, California

Salinas / Monterey KOA

Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

La Selva Beach, California

Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

Creekside Paradise

Watsonville, California

Creekside Paradise

From $185 / night

Big Sur Lodge

Big Sur, California

Big Sur Lodge

From $199 / night

Guides and stories

5 Pieces of Gear You Need for a Weekend Adventure in Monterey, California

5 Pieces of Gear You Need for a Weekend Adventure in Monterey, California

Mitch Pittman

72 Hours of Food, Fun, and Outdoor Adventure in Monterey County

72 Hours of Food, Fun, and Outdoor Adventure in Monterey County

Mitch Pittman

Your Coastal Refuge in the Monterey Bay: Asilomar Hotel

Your Coastal Refuge in the Monterey Bay: Asilomar Hotel

The Outbound Collective

5 Must-Do Adventures near Asilomar, California

5 Must-Do Adventures near Asilomar, California

Karissa Frye

A Perfect Coastal Escape for the Holidays

A Perfect Coastal Escape for the Holidays

Sara Sheehy

Seek Beauty on the Big Sur Coast

Seek Beauty on the Big Sur Coast

Sara Sheehy

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