View jolly giant farmers standing 20 ft. high in the fields off Highway 68 at the entrance to The Farm. Crafted by local artist John Cerney, these larger-than-life statues of packers, trimmers and irrigators are a tribute to the hard-working men and women of Salinas Valley. Follow up with some fresh veggies from the farm stand.
Take a free personal “Asilomar Ramble” tour with local California State Parks rangers and cut loose on 80 acres that includes historic architecture, forested hiking trails and ready-to-wear dunes topped with wooden walking trails. Key sites include 16 structures designed by Julia Morgan ( Hearst Castle) between
1913 and 1928.
Watch gray whales on their annual winter (Dec-Mar) migration between Alaska and Mexico from one of Monterey County’s promontories: Pt. Pinos, Pt. Lobos or the Big Sur coastline.
Enjoy spectacular Carmel Valley views from trails at Garland Ranch Regional Park.
Head out on nearly 90 miles scenic mountain bike trails and roads on the former Fort Ord military base.
Do some birding at Point Lobos, Elkhorn Slough, Salinas River State Beach or Lake San Antonio.
Grab a kite, pack a picnic, and head to the sand dunes at Marina State Beach for a day of play. Also a great place to catch the sunset.
Visit the bookstore and redwood-shaded lawns at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, honoring the writer who spent 18 years in the area.
Uncork the oenophile inside with a tasty trek along the burgeoning River Road Wine Trail, featuring seven award-winning wineries as of April 2005.
There are so many unique attractions in Monterey that it can be hard to pick just one! Here's an overview of Monterey County’s top attractions.