Ready for the long drive
We stayed in a cottage in Pacific Grove which borders Monterey.
We were five minutes from Cannery row, which was the first stop we made.
We walked around Cannery row and visited all the little shops and ate amazing food.
The next day the kids and went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It's HUGE and as amazing as we thought it would be. Our favorite places to visit were the Jelly Fish, the otters and the hands on tide pools.
The next day we spent the morning at the Aquarium - you really need a day and a half or two days to really enjoy the place. The afternoon was spent at a free children's museum where hours were spent crafting, playing and having fun.
When I spot a French Bakery, especially an award winning one, I MUST go in and try their baked goods. This one was so good that a second visit was required.
The rest of the time spent there was visiting the beautiful beaches in that area and Fisherman's Wharf. One day we drove the "17 mile drive", which is this beautiful span of beaches and scenery. It was beautiful!
We stopped at a beach where we could hear seals barking and could watch them out on this little island. The kids loved it.
We drove through Carmel by the Sea, Big Sur, Pebble Beach, etc. Such beautiful and breathtaking landscape.
We also visited Dennis the Menace park. It's a must if you're visiting Monterey with little kids. Such an awesome playground.
For the drive back we decided to take a longer route by driving along the Pacific Coast Highway. I am so glad we did. The drive was BEAUTIFUL!
We made a few stops along the way. The first stop was at this beach where hundreds of Elephant seals were sunning themselves. They were right up next to us. The kids thought it was smelly, and it was, but they were so close to us and a lady came and educated the kids on them, which now has caused them be slightly obsessed with elephant seals.
We also stopped at Grover Beach...for obvious reasons. The kids thought it was pretty cool.
Next to Grover Beach was Pismo beach. We stopped to have lunch, grab a world famous cinnamon roll and of course...drive the car on the beach. It's one of the few beaches you can drive right on the the beach. I opened the sunroof and let the kids stand up and stick their heads out the roof while we drove on the beach. They loved it.
There were hundreds of sand dollars all along the beach. You couldn't walk without seeing them all around you. We of course collected "a few"...
I was so glad to have done this trip before we move. It has been on my list of things to do with the kids for years now. I hope they will have good memories of the trip...I think they will.