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Things to do in Big Sur + Monterey Bay

  • Henry Miller Memorial Library

  • Jan de Luz

    Poke into this charming shop for exquisite French antiques and linens. More
  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

    Deep within Los Padres National Forest, Pfeiffer Beach is a surreal mix of purple sand, giant redwoods, sycamores, and oaks. Offshore, a smattering... More
  • JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery

    This winery is a best bet for educational tastings and tours. Travelers can visit the wine caves and a ISOSCELES Library 120 feet underground. Tast... More
  • La Plaza Bakery

    Stop here for the best carne asada around. More
  • Let's Go Ballooning!

    Splurge on a romantic balloon ride over the vineyards. More
  • Lynda Turley Garrett

    Top tip: In Hobart, Tasmania, she suggests a visit to the Salamanca market, where more than 300 producers peddle artisanal foods. Years as agent: 3... More
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Start, of course, with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Its Splash Zone, an interactive exhibit for kids, recently doubled in size—now you can walk “thro... More
  • New Leaf Community Market

    Stock up on house-made sausages and organic greens to bring with you on the hike. More
  • Pebble Beach

  • Pfeiffer State Beach

  • Piedras Blancas Light Station

    Everyone will love Piedras Blancas, one of only three traditional tower-style lighthouses in California. More
  • Pinnacles National Park

    Use the park’s western entrance to get to the High Peaks Trail, a 5.5-mile round-trip hike among blooming lupines and poppies (in spring) and eerie... More
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

    Stroll down the old-fashioned strip, chomping on corn dogs and sneaking in an arcade game or two. More
  • Seymour Marine Discovery Center

    Stop by this university laboratory to watch jellyfish, hold starfish, and see the 87-foot-long blue whale skeleton. More

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