Monterey, CA. and surrounding towns offer so much to see and do you'll need at least a week here.
Strategically located between Big Sur and Santa Cruz on California’s beautiful coast lies idyllic Monterey. Tent campers should head to Veteran’s Memorial Park. It’s just a mile from historic downtown Monterey and offers 50 acres of forested hills. The hiking trails in the pine forest deliver stellar Monterey Bay views. Two of the best RV parks are Monterey Pines and Carmel by the River. Full hook-ups, great Wi-Fi, and clean bathrooms make the dog-friendly Carmel park a favorite. No visit to the Monterey Peninsula is complete without a stop at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This Cannery Row must-see houses 35,000+ sea creatures representing over 550 species. Round the bay, and refuel with clam chowder and shrimp cocktail at Fisherman’s Wharf. Keep your eyes peeled for sea otters, harbor seals, and migrating gray whales. Fork over $10.50 and motor along 17-Mile Drive through Pebble Beach. The legendary Lone Cypress, dramatic cliffs, and mystical forests are worth every penny. Pass Spanish Bay, and stop to explore Asilomar State Beach. This dreamy stretch of white sand boasts tide pools and massive rock formations. By now you’re right next door to quaint Pacific Grove. It’s the home of the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary and romantic Lover’s Point Park. If you fancy an inland camping adventure, head east to Salinas. The Laguna Seca Recreation Area welcomes tents and RVs, even during very loud race events.