Wanderlust got you down? Sit back, relax and enjoy the amazing views as we take you on an epic virtual road trip you won’t soon forget. We’ll travel the world-famous Highway 1 heading south from San Francisco to Moss Landing through Monterey all the way down to Big Sur. Declared an All-American Road Trip by the US Department of Transportation's National Scenic Byways Program and a State Scenic Highway by the State of California, this stretch of land is one of the most breathtaking, most awe-inspiring road trips you can take. So buckle up and get ready for an invigorating adventure.
1st Stop: Visit the Sea Otters
The Elkhorn Slough Reserve in Moss Landing harbors the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of San Francisco Bay. It’s a magical place full of wildlife and wonder, and it boasts the highest concentration of Southern sea otters in California. Here you can see hundreds of sea otters, harbor seals and California sea lions lounging along the shore. Spring is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the otters playing with their babies.
Next Stop: Monterey Bay Aquarium
In the words of Monterey Bay Aquarium, “we get by with a little help from our fronds.” With ten live cams streaming, you can experience the majestic wonder of the Monterey Bay Aquarium from home. Click here to peruse or take a moment to pause and breathe deep with the rhythmic jellies below.
Now Soar Over Pacific Grove
Famed for its breathtaking coastline and the magic purple carpet of flowers that bloom each spring along the ocean’s edge, the Pacific Grove coastline is truly a sight to be seen. Soar over the coast and get carried away with a sweeping birds eye view from The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce.
Time to Tee Off at Pebble Beach Resorts
Enter iconic 17-Mile Drive to discover majestic Pebble Beach Resorts. Take a pit-stop at the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links and imagine yourself taking a swing at this bucket-list golf destination. Golfers can play Pebble Beach Golf Links via an online simulation (or by practicing social distancing in person). And soak up the scenery at the 18th hole—the most famous finishing hole in golf—thanks to a live cam that captures the crashing surf and spectacular backdrop.
Next Stop: Carmel, for a Culinary Class
Well-known for its white sandy beaches, art galleries and fine dining restaurants, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a storybook town with unforgettable charm. Local chef Wendy Brodie, a central figure in the California Culinary scene, presents cooking ideas in her TV show. The show is broadcast throughout the U.S. on PBS stations and in the Monterey, California Region on Comcast Cable Channel 2 at 11:30am Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Now Go Virtual Wine Tasting
Monterey County is the one of the largest wine growing and producing regions in California, which is why Wine Enthusiast Magazine named it one of the "Top Ten Wine Travel Destinations" in the world. Take a virtual tour of Folktale Winery, a one-of-a-kind winery destination located in Carmel Valley. Better yet, check out the special deals and services Monterey Wine Country is offering right now and order yourself some Monterey wine.
Get Inspired in Big Sur
Take in the awe-inspiring beauty of Big Sur. This is where the river meets the sea and epic cliffs, rocks and towering redwoods abound. Big Sur has a long history of attracting famous artists, writers and musicians who seek to draw inspiration from the area.
Nepenthe artist-in-residence, Erin Lee Gafill is offering free online art classes featuring new art techniques with step-by-step instructions. The Awaken the Artist Within series invites us to explore the world and find inspiration in the simple and profound. Using sketch tools of pen, pencil, and watercolor, spend some time reflecting on what inspires you in your own environment.
We hope you enjoyed your virtual road trip and we're looking forward to welcoming you in person to Monterey County very soon!