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    Our Favorite Places in Monterey


    Our Favorite Places in Monterey

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    The Monterey Institute offers professional graduate degrees with an international focus. Our students, faculty, and alumni work on some of the most critical issues of our time.

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    Old Fisherman's Wharf is a tourist hot spot for free chowder samples, whale watching tours, and viewing sea lions and otters.

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    The Monterey Bike Path runs along the ocean and offers a perfect place for bikers, runners, and walkers to enjoy the beautiful Monterey coastline.

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    Skyline Nature Trail around Jack's Peak is a scenic place to hike near Monterey

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    Carmel River State Beach is one of the most beautiful places to watch the waves crash along the coast. The marshland attracts many varieties of birds.

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    Del Monte Beach is located right off the bike path heading North from Monterey. A beautiful spot for a picnic or beach bonfire.

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    Popular for camping and hiking, Andrew Molera is at the North end of Big Sur.

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    Garrapata Beach, right off of Highway 1, offers hiking trails with beautiful sweeping views of the Central Coast.

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    Pinnacles National Park is just an hour outside of Monterey and offers incredible hiking and rock climbing opportunities.

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    Bixby Canyon Bridge is one of the most beautiful and iconic bridges along Highway 1.

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    The Fort Ord public lands offer some of the best mountain biking trails in Monterey County.

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    Carmel Valley is a sunny escape just a few miles from Monterey. The rolling hills are dotted with wineries making wine tasting a favorite activity.

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    The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey is famous for the many races that take place each year.

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    The Lone Cypress is an iconic part of the Pebble Beach coastline.

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    The beautiful trails along the Pebble Beach coastline make a perfect horseback ride.

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    One of the most famous Golf Courses in the world, Pebble Beach Golf Links overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the rugged Central California coast.

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    Elkhorn Slough is a beautiful place for kayaking, paddle boarding, and enjoying nature!

    Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

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    Asilomar Beach in Pacific Grove is a popular place to surf!

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    Paddle Boarding is a fun way to explore the Monterey Bay. Don't forget to rent or bring a wetsuit!

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    Kayaking is a great way to enjoy the beautiful scenery and get up close to wildlife in the Monterey Bay.

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    Part of the Marina shopping complex that also includes Old Navy and Bed Bath and Beyond, REI is a great place to pick up gear for the amazing outdoor activities you can enjoy around Monterey!

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    Settling in to Monterey? The Sand City Target is a short drive from Monterey and offers a wide variety of household staples. The Sand City shopping complex also houses a Costco if you are looking to buy in bulk!

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    Located in the Del Monte Shopping Center, Whole Foods is just a short drive or bike ride from downtown Monterey!

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    Need to do some shopping? The Del Monte Shopping Center has over fifty shops, a grocery store, and a movie theater!

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    Need a quick snack between classes? Grab something at Trader Joe's, a grocery store just a few blocks from campus!

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