The Great California Road Trip

2015 Fall Getaway to Monterey County

Buckle up for the great California road trip. Destination: Monterey County! Autumn on this part of the California Coast is simply magnificent. Gas up, here we go!

The Great Beach Connection: Whether it's sinking your feet into the soft lavender sands at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, cozying up to a bonfire at dog-friendly Carmel Beach, or exploring the turquoise tide pools of Point Lobos State Park, Monterey County makes beach-goers giddy with options: Check out the 7 secret beaches of Monterey.

Food, Wine, Music Fest: Outdoor events hit all the right notes in Monterey, especially the one voted the world's best jazz festival four times over: the Monterey Jazz Festival (September 18–20). Hungry for more? Try Taste of Carmel!

Favorites + Hidden Gems: Surprise! Some of Monterey's most famous spots also harbor hidden gems. Cannery Row has the Monterey Bay Aquarium, whose creative exhibits are a favorite with visitors. But did you know you can enjoy a Monterey County wine tasting experience next door? A Taste of Monterey—set right above the lapping waters of Monterey Bay—serves a variety of the region's top-rated wines. Tip: Pair your tasting with sunset for a Bayutiful moment.

See all the upcoming food, wine, and cultural events, plus find great deals on fall lodging and dining at SeeMonterey.com/Fall.

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