With its vertiginous cliffside vistas, world-famous aquarium, and laid-back wine and dining scene, you’re sure to fall in love with Monterey, CA.
The best introduction to Monterey is a trip down the 17-Mile Drive. Featuring some of the most spectacular ocean views in the world, wile away your day with frequent photo stops and chances to see The Lone Cypress, Spanish Bay, and Stillwater Cove. Next, set aside a large chunk of time to explore the myriad exhibits of the Monterey Aquarium. Considered one of the best family attractions and ocean conservation sites in the world, the Aquarium features a mind-boggling 35,000 creatures, 200 exhibits, 34 galleries, and a visitor experience that is second to none. Continue your sightseeing and peruse the boutiques, galleries, wineries, and restaurants of Cannery Row. Eminently walkable and with views of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in every direction, Cannery Row charms visitors with its ambiance, nightlife, and quirky style.
Outdoor adventure seekers will find a plethora of options at their disposal with miles of pristine hiking trails -- such as Jacks Peak County Park and Point Lobos State Preserve -- to explore. For up close and personal ocean experiences, renting a kayak or paddleboard provides the perfect opportunity to view sea otters, seals, and sea lions in their native habitat. Truly impeccable pampering is to be had at tony Pebble Beach, where four famed golf courses and a spa have drawn return visitors for decades.
Enjoy your visit in Monterey with a stay at IHG hotels. With stylish and well-appointed rooms, classy amenities, and bottom-line values staying at an IHG hotel ensures your time on the Northern California coast is memorable and full of R&R.