Monterey And Carmel
Wrapped by the Pacific on three sides, the Monterey Peninsula at once offers wind-tossed beaches and quiet coves, fine dining and casual eats, early history and postmodern art. You'll first arrive in artsy Carmel-by-the-Sea (locals just call it Carmel), a town that deftly straddles the balance point of rich history and new wealth. The Carmel Mission is one of the state's most beautiful, and shady trails fan out from the site into lush Mission Trail Nature Preserve. Stroll the white sands of dog-friendly Carmel Beach, or explore a mosaic of meadows, wave-battered bluffs, and wind-twisted trees at nearby Point Lobos State Reserve. Come back to explore Carmel's main village, with gallery-lined streets, cozy gastropubs, and even cozier inns.
Continue around the arc of Monterey Bay to visit the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, with its psychedelic jellies and a bat-ray petting tank is a must-visit, especially for families. Mesmerizing tanks and exhibits showcase more than 35,000 animals and plants representing over 550 species—a large number of them California natives, including California sea otters. Insider tip: Get tickets online in advance to skip long lines.
An exhilarating driving experience, this twisting, cliff-hugging, 123-mile (198-kilometer) route along the central California coast takes about five hours to complete at a leisurely pace. Designated an All-American Road—among the nation's most scenic
Start in Santa Cruz & Monterey
The town served as California's capital under Spanish, Mexican, and American flags, and by the early 1900s boasted an important sardine industry. Surviving sites include the Royal Presidio Chapel, s, as well as touristy Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row, home of the celebrated Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf was used as an active wholesale fish market into the 1960s. As commercial fishing tapped out, it became the tourist attraction it is today, lined with one seafood restaurant after another, one of the few places on the image-conscious Peninsula (Cannery Row is another) where you can find a novelty store, revel in junk food, or buy a cheap T-shirt.
Less than a half mile from Fisherman's Wharf, a short walk down the recreation trail that runs the length of the Bay, you'll find Cannery Row. Immortalized by local son John Steinbeck in his writings, it has been transformed into a commercial destination of significantly greater scope than Fisherman's Wharf.
Although its days as an industrial fishing juggernaut is long behind it, you don't have to look far to see remnants of its sardine canning roots:
Carmel-by-the-Sea, 17 Miles and Pebble Beach and Carmel Mission
After enjoying Monterey, drive 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) south on Highway 1 to Carmel-by-the-Sea, an upscale village of quaint colorful cottages, restaurants, inns, shops, and art galleries fronted by a broad beach fringed with Monterey pines. Among the highlights are Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo, second of the California missions, founded by Padre Junípero Serra in 1770.
Big Sur (Only with combination tour)
After driving through Carmel Highlands, where impressive houses perch on granite cliffs above the sea, you reach the start of Big Sur, which extends 90 miles (145 kilometers) south to San Simeon. On this fabled coastline, redwood groves reach skyward, the Santa Lucia Range plunges into the sea, and waves are beaten to froth on ragged rocks. It's a place of elemental power that can make human affairs seem inconsequential.
Much photographed Bixby Bridge is a single-span concrete arch more than 260 feet (80 meters) high and 700 feet (200 meters) long. Park at turnouts near either end to gawk or take pictures. where the Big Sur River runs through 964 acres of redwoods, sycamores, and ferns. Then go 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) south and turn right on the 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) road down Sycamore Canyon Road to the white sands of Pfeiffer Beach, where the surf roars through arched rocks.
California Delight Tour
Private Tour of Hwy 1. up to 6 People (All Day Tour)
2 people: $650 (first two in the group)
Each Additional Adult $150 (in same group)
Kids under 9 yrs. old: $100
For larger Group, please Call
(Includes SUV vehicle, entry tickets to Monterey Aqua.17 Mile, Parking, Bridge tolls)