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Monterey County, tucked along California's scenic central coast, is a vibrant vacation destination with 99 miles of Pacific coastline, 25 golf courses, 40,000 acres of vineyards and 3 historic missions. Visitors can pet sharks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and explore the life of a literary legend at the National Steinbeck Center, or cruise the coast on Pebble Beach's 17-Mile Drive before savoring fresh local seafood on Cannery Row.
Historic adobe tours and cultural celebrations are among nearly 300 annual events, and adventure addicts find opportunities to kayak, hike, scuba dive, rock climb and, of course, bike. From the spectacular Monterey Peninsula, the Tour of California route twists along dramatic oceanfront cliffs and pine-filled canyons on Big Sur's winding Highway 1.