Carmel Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Carmel; our list of the best things to see, including 17-Mile Drive, Carmel Mission and Monastery Beach.
  • The best place in Carmel: 17-Mile Drive

    17-Mile Drive

    The northern end is in Pacific Grove and it runs though the gated community of Pebble Beach. The road winds through miles of breathtaking coastal views, with turnouts along the way at the most historical and picturesque sites. Be sure to take a picture of the Lone Cypress tree. There is a $9.50 entrance fee to the Pebble Beach part. The fee provides a map, as well as the rights to gawk at the lavish homes within the gated community. Motorcycles are not permitted.
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  • Carmel Mission

    Carmel Mission

    3080 Rio Road
    M-Sa 9:30AM-5PM, Su 10:30AM-5PM. Adults: $6.50; Seniors: $4; Children under 17: $2. One of the 21 missions established by Father Junipero Serra along the coast of California. Established in 1771, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful of the missions. Father Serra, the leader behind the greater Spanish mission to California, is buried along with his most faithful lieutenant at the front of the church. Self-guided tours take you through the remaining original buildings which now hold exhibits, a small museum, and a gift shop. Catholic Masses occur regularly. Keep in mind that the mission is a working Catholic church, so dress and act respectfully.
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  • Monastery Beach

    a great favorite among scuba divers
    Watch as you walk for ubiquitous ice plant, and maybe a golden poppy or two (the state flower).
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  • Pacific House Museum

    Custom House Plaza
    Offers detailed displays on local history and Native American life.
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  • Point Lobos

    the park is a rocky outcrop into the Pacific that has some great kelp forests
    A California State Park located just south of Carmel on Highway 1, the park is a rocky outcrop into the Pacific that has some great kelp forests, nice trails and small coves excellent for swimming (if you can survive the sea temperature).
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  • Maritime Museum of History

    also at Custom House Plaza
    Showcases exhibits that revolve around Monterey's history as a port, and the history of both seafaring and commercial fishing, from the whaling era to the present day.
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  • Tor House

    26304 Ocean View Ave
    F-Sa, tours start 10am-3pm. The famous stone home of poet Robinson Jeffers. $10.
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  • The Del Monte Shopping Center

    1140 Del Monte Center
    offers a selection of typical mall chain stores, as well as several local restaurants and a large cinema complex.
  • Soledad Bowl-Bar & Grill

    195 Monterey
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Carmel uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.