California Dreamin’ in Monterey

Lone Cypress Tree Monterey California

It’s been a difficult winter in many parts of the country, with snowfall coming on a weekly basis in areas like the Northeast. At times like these, when you wake up to find your car buried under a mountain of snow, or that your shower doesn’t have any hot water, it can be relief to picture yourself in a far-off destination where the weather is warm and sunny. At TakeTours, it’s our job to help you make those daydreams a reality; with thousands of tours to locations around the world, we make it easy for you to book travel plans and hotel stays at prices that accommodate any budget.

If you are looking for a warm place to spend a few days away from snow, look no further than California. With its diverse landscape of incredible beaches, far-stretching deserts, and Pacific forests, the Golden State offers something for every visitor. The town of Monterey is somewhat of a hidden gem along the California coastline. A two hour journey south from San Francisco will take you to this town whose history dates back to the years of Spanish exploration in the area during the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1967, the town hosted the Monterey Pop Festival, which is said to have kick-started the “Summer of Love” and the Hippie movement in 1967 thanks to performances from Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

Monterey is becoming an increasingly popular destination to visit, and now at TakeTours, you can book tours to Monterey that include trips to the town as well as stops at the most famous places across the state. As you make your way along the 17-Mile Drive, a stretch of road that hugs the coastline, you will see amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, getting the opportunity to take photographs of these serene vistas to your heart’s content. The drive passes through the affluent community of Pebble Beach, which is most famous for its exquisite golf course where the U.S. Open Tournament is often held. Near Pebble Beach, you can find the Lone Cypress, a solitary tree on a cliff overlooking the ocean, which has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Monterey is a perfect destination for romantic couples, and the appropriately-named Lovers Point Park is one of many scenic lookouts that provide stunning backdrops for a tender moment. In Monterey Bay, the local aquarium, a facility made up of repurposed buildings from the old Cannery Row docks, is one of the most-visited in the world. It pumps fresh ocean water into its tanks on a daily basis. In 2004, it became the first aquarium in the world to keep a Great White Shark in captivity. With so much to see and do in Monterey, you’ll wish that it was the Summer of ’67 once again.

California is the closest you can come to paradise in the United States. If you’re feeling those winter blues, then maybe it’s time to set off for the West Coast. On vacations like this 4-Day San Francisco and Monterey Tour Package, not only will you get to appreciate the coastal scenery of this beautiful state, but you will also tour the exciting city of San Francisco, see the campus of Stanford University, and stop by Solvang’s Danish Village, as well as a variety of other amazing locations. is the best place to go online for budget-friendly travel arrangements, so book your plans now. You don’t want to be stuck inside all winter; make your California adventure a reality!

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.