Monterey's Hidden 9 According to Insiders


Monterey, a coastal city in California, offers hidden gems beyond its popular attractions like aquarium, Cannery Row, and 17-Mile Drive, attracting locals and tourists alike.

Fort Ord Dunes State Park is a former military base turned into a state park, located in Marina.

Fort Ord Dunes State Park


Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is a hidden gem for nature lovers, located in Pacific Grove. 

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History


Lucia Restaurant & Bar is a fine dining restaurant at Bernardus Lodge, located in Carmel Valley.

Chef’s Table at Lucia Restaurant & Bar


China Cove at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a secluded cove with turquoise water and white sand, located in Carmel.

China Cove at Point Lobos


Laguna Seca Raceway is a famous racetrack, located in Salinas.

Twilight Bike Rides at Laguna Seca Raceway


Path of History is a self-guided walking tour that takes you to the historic sites of Monterey, such as the Custom House, the Colton Hall, and the Royal Presidio Chapel.

Path of History in Monterey


Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary is a magical place where thousands of monarch butterflies gather every winter, located in Pacific Grove.

Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary


Arroyo Seco Gorge is a hidden oasis in the Ventana Wilderness, located in Greenfield. It is a series of pools, waterfalls, and cliffs, carved by the Arroyo Seco River.

Arroyo Seco Gorge


Koko Crater Botanical Garden is a unique garden inside a volcanic crater, located in Honolulu. 

Koko Crater Botanical Garden


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