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Monterey Peninsula's Top Attractions

23 Jul 2014 6:51 PM
Monterey Peninsula's Top Attractions

Composed of areas like Carmel-by-the-Sea and the Pacific Grove, California's Monterey Peninsula is located on the central coast, and provides some of the state's - if not the nation's - most attractive sights. From gorgeous luxury real estate to overwhelming landscapes, to the delectable eats on the tables of the area's many lauded restaurants, everything on the Monterey Peninsula is sure to provoke gasps of awe and proclamations of beauty. 

People who live in the area are already well-aware of its breathtaking qualities. Visitors, however, may not be nearly as prepared. So here's some attractions everyone who ends up in Monterey Peninsula - be they a resident, a tourist or just a friend on a visit - need to see before leaving. You may end up extending your stay once you find out about all these attractions, and we certainly wouldn't blame you. 

The Monterey Bay Aquarium
If you're looking for somewhere to spend a day, you won't find anywhere better than the Bay Aquarium. There's a seemingly endless list of exhibits, all of which are sure to delight visitors young and old: a giant octopus, a section reversed for jellyfish studies, a well-known "kelp forest" and a whole tank full of sea otters are just a few of the attractions that bring visitors back to the Aquarium again and again. 

The 17-Mile Drive
A well known road passes through a lot of the luxury real estate located in Monterey Peninsula. You can call it the ride from Highway 1 Gate to Carmel Gate, but the trip has a much more common - and much catchier - name to rest on: "the 17-mile drive." You'll have to pay a fee for each time you drive through the road, and many reports indicate that motorcycles are not allowed on the trek at all. Yet, it you can get on the road, you surely won't regret it. There are very few routes in this country, and perhaps even in the world, that can rival the 17-mile drive for its pure scenic beauty. 

When it's time to eat...
The eateries that are located throughout Monterey Peninsula offer top-shelf dinners for all individuals - no matter what preferences define your taste, you're going to find somewhere perfect to eat in this area. For instance, there's the Cannery Row Brewing Company - it features three fire pits in its "backyard" seating, and is constantly packed with socialites.

Looking for a slightly more low-key place to eat? Then the Cantinetta Luca, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, may be your best bet. With a stacked wine list and employees who can ensure you always pick the right bottle to go with your meal, this place could be the area's standout eatery. 

We'd also be remiss to leave out Passion Fish, in Pacific Grove. Serving sustainably caught fish, and being a fully-green restaurant, Passion Fish has made a name for itself by being perhaps the most environmentally aware organization in the entire area. If you want to make a difference while you eat - this is the place to do it.

Don't forget: You're not far from Big Sur
Less than an hour's drive from Carmel-by-the-Sea is Big Sur. There are very few locations that, by nature of their scenery alone, earn the adjective "glorious." This place does: Big Sur is a glory to behold. The seaside, the mountains, the clear view of the overwhelming stars - you can lose hours at this location, simply staring out into the sights. That, at the end of the day, is what makes Monterey Peninsula such a special place: it's just as profound to look at as it is fun to reside in.