Our Favorite Drives From & Around Monterey

Our Favorite Drives From & Around Monterey

Due to its size and grandeur, California is one of the best driving states in the entire country. And nowhere are the roads more scenic than the California Central Coast region around Monterey. To give you a sample of what’s close to us, here’s a list of our favorite drives from and around Monterey.


The Pacific Coast Highway is famous for being one of the most beautiful roads in the world. Located alongside the Pacific Ocean from Los Angeles all the way up to San Francisco, the One offers plenty of trips for Monterey visitors, including shorter trips to Big Sur and Santa Cruz.

Up To San Francisco

The two-hour drive up from Monterey to San Francisco is quite wonderful. If you want to take a little longer, you can enjoy the PCH on this ride, or you can go straight up through scenic Salinas, San Jose, and then up along the world famous San Francisco Bay.

Inland To The National Parks

Inland about four-to-five hours from The Sanctuary Beach Resort and Monterey are a number of world-class nature destinations including Yosemite National Park, Sierra National Forest, and Sequoia National Park. These drives will take you from coastal climates to lush forests filled with towering Sequoias and an abundance of wildlife.

Up Through The Redwoods

Another gorgeous natural destination, Big Basin Redwoods State Park is just an hour-and-a-half north of The Sanctuary Beach Resort. A drive up to this area will show you up-close looks at the towering, mind-blowing redwood trees, going by great locations like Scotts Valley and Boulder Creek along the way.

More Drives Around Monterey

Some of the best drives you can do when taking a trip to The Sanctuary Beach Resort will be right here in Monterey. Get a taste for the town by taking the easy, ten-minute drive from our property to historic Downtown Monterey, and be sure to explore all the county has to offer from its wineries to its parks.

17-Mile Drive

This ultra-photogrenic coastal route winds through the chic community of Pebble Beach. Motor past coves, rocky outcroppings, and the famous Lone Cypress as you travel between Monterey and Santa Barbara. Keep a lookout for sea lions!


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