CoM-250yr-Logo-WebMonterey is a scenic and historic California coastal destination. Just two hours by car from San Francisco or a five hour drive from Los Angeles, Monterey is place to EXPLORE and ENJOY! From the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to Spanish-era adobes and John Steinbeck's Cannery Row, Monterey welcomes visitors from around the world. 

Monterey turned 250 years in 2020!

A few reasons to visit Monterey:
Featured Trail Town - Monterey for Runners (American Trail Running Association, Mar 2021)
Experience the Magic of Monterey, CA - A weekend stroll reveals 250 years of history and a slew of modern wonders. (AAA Via Magazine, Feb 2020)
9 charming small towns that look just like a Hallmark Christmas movie (Matador Network, Dec 2019)
14 Exciting California Family Vacations with Activities for all Ages (Trip Advisor, Aug 2019)
15 Idyllic Long Weekend Getaways Perfect for a Summer Trip (Trip Advisor, Jun 2019)
9 Awesome One Week Vacation Destinations (Expedia, Dec 2018)
9 Iconic Flavors Across the USA (Expedia, Sep 2018)
21 of the Most Scenic West Coast Cities (Expedia, Jul 2018)
20 Must See Literary Destinations Around the World (Expedia, Mar 2018)
15 Best Romantic Weekend Getaways for Couples in the USA (TripAdvisor, Aug 2018)
12 Government Instagram Accounts you Need to Follow (Citysourced, Aug 2017)
One of the Best Small Cities, Reader's Choice (Condé Nast Traveler, Oct 2017)
Best Beach Vacations in the USA for Total Relaxation (TripAdvisor.com, Sep 2017)
Gray Whales Are Migrating Now: See Them Close-Up In Monterey, California (Forbes.com, Jan 2017)
Bicycling Magazine names Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail one of California's Best Bike Paths
Travel + Leisure Magazine named Monterey #6 "America's Favorite Beach Towns" 2016
Watch Big Blue Live Online! Episodes are available to watch on PBS.org
Check out Buzzfeed's "14 Reasons Monterey Will Ruin You For Life"
10 Places Where the Wild Things Are - "Monterey Bay is the best place to see marine mammals outside the Antarctic"

Fly direct to Monterey from Denver and Dallas!


Grab Life by the Moments
Let SeeMonterey.com help you plan your adventure in Monterey. Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Visitor Center
The helpful visitors center staff at Lake El Estero can provide tons of information for your visit. The center is full of pamphlets for individual attractions, hotels, and restaurants.