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Monterey is one of the coolest beach locations in central California. People visit from nearby cities such as San Jose and San Francisco to experience its laid-back charm and wild beaches. The aquarium in Pacific Grove is one of the highlights, while the historic wooden buildings in Cannery Row have been remarkably preserved. Head here to try some chowder with views of the Pacific Ocean. Rent a car through Orbitz and you can explore Monterey with ease, while also taking time to travel further afield to nearby cities, and to take the stunning coastal highway that winds all the way down to LA.

Monterey and beyond: California’s coast by car

Whether you’re in Monterey just to hang out in the trendy town, or to explore further afield, you’ll need a rental car to roam. Here are three destinations to visit on four wheels.

Pacific Grove

Monterey’s neighbor feels like an extension of the city, as it features many of the attractions that you’re in Monterey to see. Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the best in the state, and is home to octopuses, sting rays, sharks and turtles. Asilomar State Beach, meanwhile, is glorious, with walking trails, wildlife, and about a mile of sand stretching along the waters of Spanish Bay.

Journey time: Around five minutes

Distance: Approximately two miles

Big Sur

California’s coastline is famously beautiful, but Big Sur might just be the most breathtaking stretch of it. The best way to experience this jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring scenic spot is to drive along Highway 1, winding around the cliffs and beaches that make it so magical. Make sure you take time to pull over to take shots of the scenery, or to watch the water for whales and otters.

Journey time: Around 50 minutes

Distance: Approximately 30 miles

San Jose

Silicon Valley’s main city, often overshadowed by its northern neighbor San Francisco, is growing in popularity as more tech workers flock to the city. Its downtown area is a trendy spot for coffees, beers and restaurants, and it also hosts the Tech Museum of Innovation. Visitors of all ages will enjoy marveling at the progress of technology in the 21st century through interactive, cutting-edge exhibits.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 70 miles