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Things to do in Carmel

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Carmel. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Carmel attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Carmel to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Carmel.

  • 17-Mile Drive

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

    Poke into this charming shop for exquisite French antiques and linens. More
  • Weston Gallery

    The third oldest vintage and contemporary photography gallery in the United States dates to 1974. Over the years, owner Maggi Weston has regularly ... More

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