MONTEREY BAY I СALIFORNIA
For me one of my most favorite things to do, when I move to a new city or country is to explore it. To go deep, visit historical places, learn about the culture and the popular people from the past. And when we are talking about country as USA, there are so many things that you want to see and you are even not sure where to start.
So at the end of January we pack our weekend bags and went down to Monterey Bay. We did that trip three years ago, driving the popular Highway 1, but we didn’t have enough time to stop and look around all the beautiful places. And this time we stayed in Monterey and explored the surroundings for two full days.
We went there exactly for many reasons: first comes the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium – maybe one of the most beautiful aquariums that I’ve ever seen. Beautiful mix of concrete, industrial touch and history. The second is probably the literature – John Steinbeck immortalized the town in his novels Cannery Row, Tortilla Flat and East of Eden. And talking about the literature, very near is also located the famous Big Sur – a magical place where Jack Kerouac spent time in a cabin in Bixby Canyon.
Here are the places that are worth visiting:
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Big Sur Bakery
the best ahi tuna ever (keep in mind that I’m crazy about tuna, so that statement coming from me definitely means something)
Whaler’s Cabin Point Lobos
Carmel Mission Basilica
and every single Vista point that you will see during the road. Literally I think I can drive for days down Highway 1, stopping on every vista point and never be tired of the views.
Fun. You can get right up to the getty where all the sea lions hang out. You will be so close you can smell their fish breath. They will swim alongside your kayak. And you may see an otter or even a dolphin.