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Monterey Travel Tips for a Perfect Stay on the Northern California Coast

A Enjoy a day of Wine Tasting. Grab a map of Wine Tasting Rooms at https://montereywines.org/ and spend a day with friends tasting some excellent wines produced in the Monterey County. Monterey is a beautiful destination on the central California coast with scenic beaches, parks, golf courses, museums, historic sites and famous attractions like Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row, Monterey Museum of Art, and the Monterey State Historic Park. Monterey also offers fun outdoor activities on the bay, including scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, and whale watching.
A Our hotel is within a few blocks of the Del Monte Shopping Center, with major stores including Macy's, Banana Republic, and the Gap, as well as restaurants, a cinema, and Whole Foods. It's just a 1-mile walk to historic downtown Monterey, Monterey Conference Center and Monterey State Beach, 1.5 miles to the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, and two miles to Fisherman's Wharf.
A The hotel is next to the Del Monte Shopping Center, a hub for the public bus system, Monterey Salinas Transit. The best way to get around Monterey is on the free MST Trolley from downtown. Route information can be found at http://mst.org/.
A The Monterey Bay Aquarium is 2.6 miles from The Inn at 1252 Monterey, less than a 10-minute drive from our front door. Getting there is easy by car and there are a several parking lots and metered parking near the aquarium. You can also take the free trolley from downtown, which is walking distance from the hotel. Aquarium tickets are available at front desk. Prices range from $29.95-$49.95.
A Along the Monterey coast, whales can be seen in Monterey Bay throughout the year. The Monterey Submarine Canyon is perfect habitat for many whale species, including allowing them to come close to shore to feed. The best time to spot gray whales and orcas is December to May. To see humpback whales, visit May through November, and for blue whales, the largest animal on Earth, stay between July and October. Plan your adventure wit The Inn at 1252 Monterey Whale Watching Package.
A Following the Pacific coast in Pebble Beach, 17-Mile Drive is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Cruise down the central coast by car or bike past dramatic cliffs, gorgeous white sand beaches, iconic golf courses, and some of the most breathtaking scenery in California. Entrance fee is $9.75 per car.
A The Inn at 1252 Monterey is less than 1/2 mile from US HWY 1, and 17 Mile Drive is one exit away. The total drive is about 4.5 miles and takes about 12 minutes. The entrance fee for 17 Mile Drive is $9.75 per vehicle.
A The closest airport to Monterey is Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), which offers daily flights from around the world through major airlines including, Delta, American Airlines, United, Southwest, Alaska, Air Canada, British Airways, JetBlue, Hawaiian Airlines and Frontier.
A When planning a trip to Monterey, pack attire for the beach and swimming in the Pacific Ocean, including shorts, t-shirts, bathing suites, sunglasses and sunblock. In the spring and summer, the weather is warm but the breeze at night warrants a light sweater. In the winter, pack a sweater and a jacket as the California coast gets cool and windy.
A Cannery Row is a historic destination with waterfront restaurants, pubs, wine tasting rooms, and shops. Explore this landmark on Monterey Bay with its natural beauty, colorful culture, and popular attractions like the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Go kayaking, and paddle boarding or enjoy bike and Segway tours.
A The distance from San Francisco to Monterey is about 120 miles. With no traffic, the drive is about two hours south via Highway 101. This close proximity makes Monterey the perfect coastal escape for a day trip from San Francisco or the Bay Area.
A From Monterey it's only 4.2 miles on CA-1N and Pacific Street to beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea. The 11-minute drive along the coast offers breathtaking scenery and views of the Pacific Ocean.
A Located in Monterey, our hotel is 10 miles from the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. It's a 15-minute drive by car via CA-68 E. Guests can also use public transit including the free bus service for race patrons by Monterey Salinas Transit (MST).
A There is free general parking in the Purple 10 area, accessed via the South Boundary Road entrance or Watkins Gate entrance. The parking lot is first come-first- served, with restricted areas for vehicles with parking passes only. You may purchase Preferred Parking, which is in the Green Lakebed area. To leave your vehicle overnight, you must purchase a pass for the camping areas.
A Old Fisherman's Wharf is 1.5 miles from the Inn at 1252 Monterey, a 20-minute walk or a 5-minute drive. You'll find paid parking at the Wharf and in downtown Monterey parking garages. Enjoy whale watching, fishing, sailing and dining and sea lion viewing at this famous destination or go surfing and kayaking from Monterey Beach.
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