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2401 Del Monte Avenue, Monterey, California 93940
831-373-7100
Monterey Hotel near the Bay aquarium, California

Things to Do in Monterey, California

Wow is there a lot to do in Monterey! Conveniently located off of Coastal Highway 1, the La Quinta Inn Monterey is just minutes away from all of the Monterey Bay area's finest attractions!
Stay with us this fall or winter and enjoy a wide range of indoor and outdoor recreational activities including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, world-class golf and sightseeing, and many historical points of interest.
Or take in one of Monterey's special local events:

Local Events Calendar

Stay with us while attending these special Holiday events:
  • 02/09/2015 - 02/15/2015 - AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
  • 01/30/2015 - 02/22/2015 - PacRep's SoDAonStage presents The Pirates of Penzance
  • 02/15/2015 - Carmel Music Society Presents Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • 02/20/2015 - 10th Annual Chocolate & Wine Tasting Benefit
  • 02/21/2015 - Monterey Symphony Concert III: Charismatic Glow
  • 02/21/2015 - SF Giants World Championship Trophy Tour
  • 02/22/2015 - Monterey Symphony Concert III: Charismatic Glow
  • 02/22/2015 - The 25th Annual Great Taste of PG
  • 02/28/2015 - Margarita Mania
  • 02/28/2015 - Steinbeck's Birthday Celebration
  • 03/05/2015 - 03/08/2015 - GourmetFest
  • 03/06/2015 - 03/08/2015 - Jazz Bash by the Bay
  • 03/07/2015 - 03/08/2015 - Inspired Home Expo of Monterey
  • 03/16/2015 - 03/17/2015 - Insider Threat 2015 Summit
  • 03/20/2015 - New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players: HMS Pinafore
  • 03/21/2015 - Bach's Birthday Bash
  • 03/27/2015 - 03/29/2015 - Next Generation Jazz Festival Presented by Monterey Jazz Festival
  • 04/09/2015 - 04/12/2015 - Pebble Beach Food & Wine
  • 04/10/2015 - 05/03/2015 - PacRep's SoDAonStage presents Disney's Mulan Jr.
  • 04/11/2015 - 04/12/2015 - Pacific Grove Good Old Days
  • 04/12/2015 - 04/15/2015 - ADIM 15
  • 04/12/2015 - 04/16/2015 - 4th Annual Plein Air Convention and Expo
  • 04/16/2015 - 04/19/2015 - Sea Otter Classic
  • 04/17/2015 - 04/19/2015 - Wildflower Show
  • 04/24/2015 - 04/25/2015 - Big Sur International Marathon Expo
  • 05/01/2015 - 05/03/2015 - TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
  • 05/01/2015 - 05/03/2015 - Wildflower Triathlon
  • 05/02/2015 - Art in Bloom Gala 2015
  • 05/02/2015 - Monterey Street Food Festival
  • 05/02/2015 - 05/03/2015 - ROTA Psychic Fair
  • 05/02/2015 - Winemakers' Celebration
  • 05/08/2015 - Language Day
  • 05/09/2015 - 5th Annual Fort Ord Warhorse Day Celebration
  • 05/09/2015 - Herb Alpert & Lani Hall GALA EVENT
  • 05/14/2015 - 05/17/2015 - Carmel Art Festival
  • 05/14/2015 - 05/17/2015 - Salinas Valley Fair
  • 05/16/2015 - Relay For Life of Monterey Peninsula
  • 05/16/2015 - The Quail Motorcycle Gathering
  • 05/22/2015 - 05/24/2015 - California Roots Music & Arts Festival
  • 05/23/2015 - 05/25/2015 - MayFest Monterey Bay
  • 05/30/2015 - 05/31/2015 - Artichoke Festival
  • 06/03/2015 - CIF State Boys Golf Championships
  • 06/06/2015 - 06/07/2015 - Monterey Wine Festival
  • 06/06/2015 - World Oceans Day Celebration
  • 06/07/2015 - 12th Annual Cannery Row Block Party
  • 06/08/2015 - 06/13/2015 - 2015 Monterey Beer Week
  • 06/19/2015 - 06/21/2015 - 4th Annual "Ink by the Bay" Tattoo Convention
  • 06/20/2015 - Carmel Valley Art & Wine Celebration
  • 06/27/2015 - 06/28/2015 - Monterey Americana Festival
  • 07/04/2015 - 09/06/2015 - Evenings by the Bay at the Monterey Bay Aquarium – Saturdays & Sundays (July 4 – September 6)
  • 07/04/2015 - Pacific Grove City 4th of July BBQ
  • 07/10/2015 - Aerosmith at the Salinas Sports Complex
  • 07/16/2015 - 07/19/2015 - California Rodeo Salinas
  • 07/16/2015 - 07/19/2015 - California Rodeo Salinas
  • 07/17/2015 - 07/19/2015 - FIM Superbike World Championship
  • 07/18/2015 - 78th Annual Carmel Bach Festival
  • 07/22/2015 - 07/26/2015 - Feast of Lanterns
  • 07/26/2015 - Moss Landing Antique Fair
  • 08/01/2015 - 08/02/2015 - 48th Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
  • 08/01/2015 - Salinas Valley Half Marathon
  • 08/05/2015 - AUTOMOTO Film & Arts Festival
  • 08/08/2015 - 08/09/2015 - Blues, Brews and Barbecue at Monterey Bay
  • 08/10/2015 - 08/16/2015 - Monterey Car Week
  • 08/12/2015 - The Little Car Show in Pacific Grove
  • 08/13/2015 - 08/16/2015 - Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
  • 08/15/2015 - Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally
  • 08/21/2015 - West End Celebration Kick off Party
  • 08/22/2015 - 08/23/2015 - Sand City West End Celebration
  • 09/02/2015 - 09/07/2015 - Monterey County Fair
  • 09/05/2015 - Marina's Labor Day Parade & Festival
  • 09/05/2015 - 09/07/2015 - Monterey Bay Greek Festival
  • 09/11/2015 - 09/13/2015 - Festa Italia
  • 09/11/2015 - 09/13/2015 - Pirelli World Challenge
  • 09/11/2015 - 09/13/2015 - Triathlon at Pacific Grove
  • 09/18/2015 - 09/20/2015 - Monterey Jazz Festival
  • 09/22/2015 - 09/27/2015 - First Tee Open at Pebble Beach
  • 09/25/2015 - 09/27/2015 - Porsche Rennsport Reunion
  • 09/26/2015 - 09/27/2015 - California International Airshow
  • 09/26/2015 - 09/27/2015 - Old Monterey Fine Art Festival
  • 10/03/2015 - Annual Butterfly Parade & Bazaar
  • 10/03/2015 - 10/04/2015 - Make it Sustainable Celebration
  • 10/03/2015 - 10/04/2015 - Monterey Beach SportsFest
  • 10/03/2015 - 10/04/2015 - Oktoberfest Monterey Bay 2015
  • 10/03/2015 - Wine Fest!
  • 10/04/2015 - Historic Home Tour in Pacific Grove
  • 10/18/2015 - Fiesta del Mar
  • 10/21/2015 - 10/25/2015 - Carmel International Film Festival

Monterey, California World-Famous Local Attractions

World-Famous Local Attractions


Cannery Row -

A historic waterfront district, once the heart of a thriving sardine-packing industry, that was immortalized in John Steinbeck's novel, Cannery Row. Today the area offers great shopping with a few surprises that offer a glimpse into its industrial past.


Monterey Jazz Festival -

The Monterey Jazz Festival was founded in 1958 and is now an annual event showcasing the best jazz performers in the
Monterey, California Jazz Festival
 world. The Festival features three days of jazz performances, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, clinics, and an international array of food, shopping and festivities at the Monterey Fairgrounds.


Dennis the Menace Playground -

This famous playground, created in 1956 by cartoonist Hank Ketcham, is known throughout the state for its unusual playground equipment, including a swinging rope bridge, roller slide, and a life-sized hedge maze. The park also offers a lake, complete with picnic area and ducks. Open to kids of all ages, daily from 10am - dusk.

Carmel Mission -

Monterey, California Menace Carmel Mission
The Carmel Mission was founded in 1770 by Father Junipero Serra and offers visitors a glimpse of some of the most significant religious artifacts in California, including California's first library, as well as a collection of tools, equipment and appliances used by the Spaniards and Native Americans in their day-to-day life at the mission. Open Mon. - Sat., 9:30am - 4:15pm, Sun. 8:30am - 4:15pm , June through August.
Monterey California Pebble Beach Golf Courses

Pebble Beach Golf Courses -

With world-class golf courses and spectacular views of the Monterey Bay, Pebble Beach offers a superb golfing experience. Home to several annual professional events, including the AT&T National Pro-Am and the U.S. Open, the courses at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Poppy Hills, Spyglass Hill, Spanish Bay, and Del Monte, offers some of the best golfing available in the world.

                        Special Events coming soon to Pebble Beach:                

               09/22/2015 - 09/27/2015 - First Tee Open at Pebble Beach



 

Point Lobos State Reserve -

Known as the "Crown Jewel of the State Park System," Point Lobos offers a variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as sightseeing, nature study, picnicking, diving, and jogging. Enjoy views of rare plants, unique geological  formations, and sea lions. The park opens daily at 9am and closes at 5pm in winter, 7pm in summer. Entrance fees range from $8.00 for passenger cars to $100 for tour buses.

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History -

Monterey, California Menace Playground Learn about the life cycle of Pacific Grove's famous Monarch Butterflies, see native local animals in full life dioramas, or climb "Sandy the Whale" - a life-sized bronze gray whale sculpture at this great, kid friendly museum. Open Tues. - Sat., 10am-5pm, free admission.
 

Monterey Bay Aquarium -

Monterey, California Monterey Bay Aquarium Housed in the former Hovden Cannery on Monterey's Cannery Row, the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium has consistently been voted the #1 family-friendly aquarium by Parents Magazine and US Family Travel Guide.  Offering exciting exhibits that will please the whole family, this non-profit aquarium is dedicated to marine research and ocean conservation.  Fabulous exhibits include shark encounters, a life-sized kelp forest, live otters, jellyfish, hands-on activities for children, and much more.

Monterey Wine Country -

Monterey California Wine Country If you enjoy fine wines, Monterey County is the place to be. The area produces a variety of fine wines that are prized by connoisseurs and fine restaurants throughout the world. From Carmel Valley to the coast, Monterey County offers a virtually endless variety of wineries to choose from.

Call the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association at 866-469-5097 or visit www.montereywines.org for a wine country brochure with winery listings, tasting events and a map.

National Steinbeck Center -

Enjoy a permanent display of literary works from Nobel Prize-winning author, John Steinbeck. The museum, located in the heart of old town Salinas, offers a historical look at Monterey County's favorite native son through its diverse, interactive exhibits highlighting famous novels, like Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, and Cannery Row. Open daily, 10am - 5pm, excluding holidays.
      
Monterey, California Fisherman's Wharf

Old Fisherman's Wharf -

Enjoy a glimpse of local sea lions and otters, see a new view of the bay on a glass bottom boat tour, look for migrating whales, or simply shop till you drop at this fun Monterey attraction. Fisherman's Wharf is the perfect place to take in the sights, sounds and smells of Monterey and enjoy a fabulous meal of fresh local seafood at the same time.
      Coming Soon
     05/08/2015 - Language Day
Monterey, California Mazda Raceway

Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca -

This world-class raceway is home to the Honda Grand Prix, motorcycle racing, historic auto races, and several festivals and concerts throughout the year. Conveniently located halfway between Monterey and Salinas on Highway 68, the Laguna Seca Recreation Area also offers a county park for camping in tents and RVs while you enjoy the Raceways attractions.
Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail

Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail -

This waterfront recreation trail stretches 18 miles, from Castroville to Lover's Point in Pacific Grove. This popular paved path hugs the coast, following the same route as the old Southern Pacific Railway and is a great way to enjoy beautiful views of the Monterey Bay and visit Monterey's best attractions without the hassle of traffic or parking. Shops along the trail offer bicycles, surreys, in-line skates, and kayaks for rent.

17-Mile Drive -

The world famous,17-Mile Drive is a scenic road through Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach, which follows the coastline, passing through famous golf courses and near mansions. The road runs adjacent to beaches and up into the coastal hills, providing many scenic viewpoints, including the famed Lone Cypress Tree, the official symbol of Pebble Beach. Auto entry is $8.75. Pedestrians and bicycles enter free.
La Quinta Inn Monterey Hotel - California (CA) Located at
2401 Del Monte Avenue, Monterey, California 93940
Phone: 831-373-7100 Fax: 831-373-4813
Email: lq6095gm@laquinta.com
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