Get Outdoors in Monterey County

Whenever I have visitors coming in to California I always encourage them to take some time to head up north to Monterey County. The trails up in Big Sur are some of the most breathtaking in the state — and the region is rich with options for outdoors activities of all kinds, from hiking and biking to sailing and snorkeling.

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

If you’re hitting the trails, you can choose from incredible views from coastal bluffs, thick redwood forests, wildflower-filled meadows, and hidden coves with never-ending views of the Pacific Ocean.

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Andrew Molera State Park

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Limekiln State Park

Of course, no one said you have to be hiking all the time, so you may also want to visit one of Monterey County’s many wineries or fine dining establishments … because if you’re sitting outside while you’re drinking wine, that counts as an outdoor activity!

Learn more about the travel destinations of Monterey County and #GrabYourMoment to experience it for yourself!

Also, as a special opportunity, See Monterey is giving away 5 pairs of tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium! All you have to do is leave a comment about what you’d like to see in Monterey County right here (and be sure to use your email address so we can get in touch with you afterward). They’ll be selecting their five favorite comments from a series of other travel and outdoors sites, so make your comment stand out. has official travel info for Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel Valley, Salinas Valley, Moss Landing, Marina, Sand City, Seaside, Del Rey Oaks and Salinas.