Most vacation destinations are famous for having either amazing attractions or unparalleled beauty, but few can mix them together seamlessly. Such is the case on the Monterey Peninsula, where world-renowned golf courses meet the natural beauty of California’s Pacific Coast. Next time you’re on the Monterey Peninsula, you have to check out these amazing attractions:
17-Mile Drive- Winding its way through the Monterey Peninsula and along the Pacific Coast, 17-Mile Drive is one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the world. The drive takes you past several of the peninsula’s beautiful golf courses, and includes other landmarks such as the Lone Cypress, the Cypress Point Lookout, Fanshell Beach, Seal Rock, China Rock, and Point Joe among several others. The drive has a way of putting your mind at ease with its majestic views, and only costs $10.50 per car, which makes the drive more than well worth the price of admission.
World Class Golf Courses- If for nothing else, the Monterey Peninsula is known for its world class golf courses. Pebble Beach Golf Links is certainly the headliner, famous for its breathtaking views and championship golf pedigree. Established in 1919, Pebble Beach currently hosts the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, a yearly PGA Tour stop that pairs professional golfers with famous celebrities such as Tom Brady, Alice Cooper, Ray Romano, Bill Murray, and Clint Eastwood among many others. The course has also hosted six US Opens, a PGA Championship, a Women’s US Open, and numerous amateur championships. Other notable courses on the peninsula include Poppy Hills, Spyglass Hill, the very exclusive Cypress Point Club, Monterey Peninsula Country Club, and The Links at Spanish Bay. All of these courses are elite in their own right, but to have all of them collected in such a small area makes the Monterey Peninsula the ultimate golf destination.
Monterey Bay Aquarium- Located on the north end of the Peninsula, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is world famous for its marine exhibits, which are made possible by its seawater system that brings in water from the Pacific Ocean. The aquarium also has a kelp forest and an open sea exhibit which are must-see attractions as well.