A few months ago we took one of the road trips of all road trips. It was everything we hoped for and more. We drove up the California coastline to Monterey County. Monterey County offers everything from beautiful beaches, majestic cliffs, delightful sea creatures and magnificent redwood trees. We grabbed life by the moment and we made each and every moment of every day memorable.
We spent 5 days and 4 nights in Monterey County enjoying ourselves all the while taking in the many sights. Historic Highway 1 is a beautiful drive with many rest stops and innumerable panoramic views. While road tripping we’re never in a hurry. This gives us ample opportunities to pull over and enjoy capturing the surrounding beauty.
The beaches are gorgeous with a lot of uniqueness thrown in. Take Carmel Beach for example: Rated “One of America’s Top Beach Towns,” Carmel Beach is open 365 days a year and welcomes dogs. And unleashed no less! It’s a kick to watch the dogs race around on the sand and in the water. But that’s not all! Monterey County also offers awesome hiking trails, whale watching, surfing, fishing and golfing, along with the Monterey Mirror Maze, Monterey Zoo, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Pebble Beach’s 17-Mile Drive. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
There seems to be something for everyone, from kayaking and Segway tours to the ghost tour trolley ride through Old Town Monterey. Cannery Row was right up our alley. But if you have a need for speed … check out Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Oh my yum! The restaurants are amazing! I’m gluten-free and vegan so finding something that both David and I enjoy isn’t always easy. But the varied genre of restaurants and menu items suited both our palates. During our stay in Carmel-By-The-Sea we were invited to an olive oil tasting tour. Perfect for us! While we’re not wine drinkers, there are walking and trolley wine tasting tours.
California history is everywhere in Monterey County. We spent hours exploring the gorgeous and historic Carmel Mission. It’s gorgeous! Our granddaughter’s 4th-grade history curriculum covers all of the California Missions. We wished more than once that she could have been with us!
So … have you ever been to Monterey County in California? In case you’re wondering, right smack in downtown Monterey on Cannery Row you’ll find the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The world-famous aquarium houses thousands of fish, plants, and animals, representing more than 600 species. It’s a delightful and educational activity for all.