Made famous by John Steinbeck's novel, Cannery Row, this one-mile stretch is the heart of Monterey. Discover history and picturesque charm at this waterfront attraction that was once the center of Monterey's sardine canning industry. Historic Cannery Row offers a mix of restaurants, wine tasting rooms, art galleries, and shops, and is where you'll find the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Distance from hotel: 0.01 miles
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Located at the north end of Monterey's Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is dedicated to marine education, research, and preservation. Explore unique exhibits featuring sharks, penguins, a kelp forest, sea otters, and mysterious jellyfish. The Monterey Bay Aquarium also offers guided tours and feedings. Please know that tickets need to be purchased from the Monterey Bay Aquarium in advance.
Distance from hotel: 0.16 miles
Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail
From Castroville to Pacific Grove, this 18-mile recreation trail hugs the Monterey Bay coastline. Following the old Southern Pacific Railway route, the paved path is a popular spot for biking, walking, running, in-line skating, and snapping photos from incredible vista points.
Distance from hotel: 2.06 miles
Point Lobos State Reserve
The "jewel" of the California state park system, Point Lobos State Reserve teems with interesting tidal effects, rare Monterey Cyprus tree groves, and spectacular beaches. Spot sea lions resting on the shores, or go hiking along the oceanside trails. Point Lobos State Reserve offers spectacular ocean views.
Distance from hotel: 0.32 miles
Founded in 1770 by Spanish missionary Father Junipero Serra, Carmel Mission is one of the area's top attractions. Experience traditional mission life through exhibits with religious artifacts and antique Spanish and Native American implements. Explore the library, beautiful gardens, and the church sanctuary.
Distance from hotel: 6.72 miles
Monterey Wine Country
Explore the wine-growing region of Monterey County. Wine lovers can tour more than 45 wineries and sip on regional varietals, from aromatic pinot noir to cabernet sauvignon. Pack a gourmet wine and cheese lunch and enjoy a romantic picnic surrounded by the stunning landscape of the Salinas and Carmel valleys.
Distance from hotel: 18.25 miles
Point Pinos Lighthouse
It first shone its light on February 1, 1855. Since then, Point Pinos Lighthouse has been both a guide and warning to ships sailing along the rocky California coast. Step back in time with a tour of the Point Pinos Lighthouse, considered the West Coast's oldest continuously functioning lighthouse.
Distance from hotel: 2.44 miles
Drive along US 1 through mountains and coastal bluffs that meet the shimmering Pacific Ocean. Big Sur is one of the most beautiful and unforgettable destinations in Northern California. Discover stunning ocean and mountain views. Hike through Big Sur's pristine parks and trails, or explore the jaw-dropping coastline with beautiful beaches and overlooks.
Distance from hotel: 11.39 miles
Take a road trip along one of the world's most scenic drives. 17-Mile Drive follows the Monterey Bay coast to California's most iconic natural landmarks like Fanshell Beach, Spanish Bay, Point Joe, and the Lone Cypress.
Distance from hotel: 3.70 miles
Explore the gorgeous beaches of Monterey from the Spindrift Inn. Take a romantic walk on Monterey's golden sands. Enjoy kayak and paddleboard adventures on the bay. Soak up radiant sunsets. We're within steps of McAbee Beach, the perfect spot to kayak or scuba dive.
Get ready to step out and enjoy the natural wonders of Monterey Beach after having spent months indoors. The beautiful town of Monterey has may outdoor activities and scenic spots where you can go to recharge your mind.
Monterey Events, Festivals and Sports
Monterey offers the most exciting events and festivals on the Northern California coast, including the annual Monterey Jazz Festival and Pebble Beach Food & Wine. See the world's top racing series at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.