1. Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail
What is it? Bask in front row views of Monterey Bay along this paved, dedicated trail that winds 18 miles along its mesmerizing shores.
Why go? Rather than plunk down ten bucks for the famed 17 Mile Drive, rent a bike (or fringe-top surrey, if you must) and experience the bay’s waterfront up-close rather than from behind a windshield. You’ll breathe invigorating sea air, and zip by the bustling wharf, past the former sardine factories of touristed Cannery Row, and alongside golden sand beach coves dotted with sculptural granite outcrops.