Charisma Speaks!


Where to visit:  Monterey Bay, California

Distance/Time: From the Greater Los Angeles area: about 5 ½ hours and under 350 miles

Why you should visit:  It’s relatively inexpensive and is yet another great experience everyone should have while in California.  If you’re able, take your time with the drive and use Highway 1 as you make your way up the coast.

What to do when you get there:  Here’s what I enjoyed when visiting the area last year:

Monterey Bay Aquarium

aquarium pic 1You’re never too old or young to enjoy the aquarium and they have a pretty good exhibit.  Parking in the area is going to be pretty sketchy, so be sure to dress comfortably for that walking to and from the building.  Make sure to check online ahead of time for discount tickets.

Cannery Row

cannery row montereyFood, sightseeing and souvenir shopping is what you can do all along Cannery Row and of course – you have to check out one of many delicious seafood restaurants.  We also had the chance to participate in a wine tasting session and thanks to Groupon, enjoyed a variety of different wines at a discounted price.

Pebble Beach

pebble beach golf courseMoney, money, money, money!  Head on up to the restaurant and enjoy a few drinks while overlooking the world-renowned golf course.  I enjoyed a delectable dinner at the Stillwater Bar and Grill and yes, reservations are suggested.

17-Mile Drive

17 mile driveEnjoy the breathtaking views while on this drive with twists and turns for about 17-miles and be sure to hop out at each of the points, taking in the rich history of the bay, stories of the cypress trees and more.  You’ll see plenty of birds, seagulls and especially – seals!  But be warned; the smell of these cute creatures is a bit repulsive.

For more information on what to see when visiting Monterey, California you can check out the various articles on the Internet or visit .  Just remember no matter where your travels take you, remember to take plenty of moments to laugh and enjoy.

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

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Charisma ~


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