Things to Do in Big Sur + Monterey Bay

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Tour the 17-Mile Drive—preferably in a convertible—around the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links, ogling fantasy mansions with ocean views. Read More

Take a kayak tour ($50) of the bay from Cannery Row. Read More

The University of California at Santa Cruz mascot, the banan slug, adorns hats, mugs, t-shirts, and other goodies at the campus store. Read More

Although the 12-mile trail takes about six hours, moderate hikers can easily handle it (pick up a map at the ranger station before starting out). Read More

The hike through Big Sur is challenging with lots of switchbacks. Read More

The old canneries made famous by John Steinbeck are now filled with shops, restaurants, and galleries. Read More

Don’t miss this out-of-the-way (and out-of-the-ordinary) vineyard, which specializes in Rhône Valley varietals (think Grenache and Mourv... Read More

The old-time candy shop is a sweet-lover's inspiration. Read More

That they serve garlic ice cream is no surprise in the garlic capital of the world, where the annual Garlic Festival dazzles garlic lovers with food,... Read More

Along with a sparkling strand and a gently honky-tonk wharf, Santa Cruz has a boardwalk graced with the Giant Dipper—one of the oldest wooden... Read More

Aromatic soaps and sachets are for sale here. Read More

Tour Hearst Castle, perched high on La Cuestra Encantada (“the enchanted hill”) nine miles north of Cambria. The closest thing California... Read More

Poke into this charming shop for exquisite French antiques and linens. Read More

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

This winery is a best bet for educational tastings and tours. Travelers can visit the wine caves and a ISOSCELES Library 120 feet underground. Tastings... Read More

Stop here for the best carne asada around. Read More

Splurge on a romantic balloon ride over the vineyards. Read More

Start, of course, with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Its Splash Zone, an interactive exhibit for kids, recently doubled in size—now you can walk ... Read More

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

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