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Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf by Trolley

Hop on and of the free MST Trolley to get between downtown, Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row. Begin by visiting the Monterey Museum of Art or the Monterey County Youth Museum before grabbing lunch downtown. Next, take the MST trolley to Fisherman’s Wharf where you can board a boat to go whale watching. After returning, windswept and with lots of photos to share on Instagram, board the Trolley again to head to Cannery Row for some souvenir shopping and to pick a dinner spot among the many options. Return downtown on the trolley for an after dinner drink and to prepare for visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium at the end of the MST Trolley line on the next day.

Take the Bus to Big Sur

Big Sur, the iconic rugged stretch of coast line south of Monterey is home to several state parks, allowing visitors to explore both beaches and hike trails amidst redwood forest. Take the bus down highway 1 and enjoy every moment of the breathtaking coast line. You can even bring your bike – MST buses are equipped with bike racks.

Bike to Beaches and Attractions

Bring your bike (or rent a bike, link to map) and ride the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail to enjoy the beautiful view and access several relaxing beaches. Beaches easily accessible from the bike trail include:

  • Lover’s Point
  • San Carlos Beach Park
  • Monterey Municipal Beach
  • Del Monte Beach
  • Monterey State Beach
  • Fort Ord Dunes State Park
  • Marina State Beach

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Bike the 17-Mile Drive

You can drive the 17-mile drive, but biking allows you to experience the beauty in a more leisurely and enjoyable way. Take your time photographing the Lone Cypress. Feel the breeze. Enjoy a picnic with ocean views at Seal Rock Picnic Area.


Care-Free Wine Tasting: Carmel Valley By Bus

More than 25 wineries and tasting rooms offer visitors the opportunity to taste and delight in local wines. The Carmel Valley Grapevine Express provides safe and convenient transportation without the hassle of having to drive and find parking. Running hourly, it allows visitors to get on and off the bus to explore wineries along the route.

Car-Free Access to Nature and Adventure

Take the express bus to Santa Cruz (Route 78) and get off at Moss Landing near Elkhorn Slough, a tidal salt marsh area that is full of wildlife and beauty. Rent a kayak and watch California sea lions and Southern sea otters frolic in the slough. Bird watchers can also delight: over 340 species have been identified in the area.