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Monterey County showcases speed and skill this September and October with three top air and track events.

The California International Airshow takes to the Salinas skies September 30-October 1, featuring F/A-18 Super Hornets, F-15 Eagles and showcopters. Vintage and contemporary aircraft, aviation booths and model planes are the buzz at the October 14 Marina Air Faire. And, on the ground, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca wraps up its 50th season with the Monterey Sports Car Championships, October 20-22. Event highlights include an afternoon-into-evening race with Le Mans prototypes and GT cars.

For more festivals and fun, visit our complete calendar of Monterey County events.

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Monterey Attractions

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What to do and Where to go

National Steinbeck CenterFrom the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium to the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, Monterey County offers an endless list of fantastic things to see and do, for both the first-time and the regular visitor. With so many options, it's best to plan your itinerary in advance, so you don't miss the attractions you really want to see. This website can help you do just that.

History buffs will enjoy walking Monterey's Path of History, looking for landmarks like Custom House, Cooper-Molera Adobe, and The House of the Blue Gate. If you love the outdoors, go tide pooling along the rocky shore, ride horseback over open meadows, or hike in one of our many nature preserves. For a more romantic getaway, indulge in one of our many pampering spas or hideaway resorts.

Spiritual speakers might find inspiration at Esalen in Big Sur, or by walking the new labyrinth near the mouth of Carmel Valley. Shoppers discover something in every price range, with dozens of local 'treasures' across the county. And families traveling with the kids should check out our Family and Children link for a list of great activities and attractions that enthrall adults and youngsters alike.

Don't worry if you can't fit it all in on one trip. It just means you now have a great excuse to return time and time again!

Monterey County Attractions

A Taste of Monterey Wine Tasting Centers
Monterey and Salinas

Cannery Row

Carmel Mission

Dennis the Menace Playground

Earthbound Farm
Carmel Valley

Edgewater Family Fun Center

Elkhorn Slough
Moss Landing

The Farm

Fisherman's Wharf

Ghost Walk of Old Monterey

The Maritime Museum of Monterey & Stanton Center

Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca

Mission San Antonio de Padua
King City

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey County Parks
All Monterey County

Monterey County Youth Museum (MY Museum)

Monterey Fairgrounds & Exposition Park

Monterey Museum of Art

Monterey State Historic Park

Monterey Wine Country
All Monterey County

National Steinbeck Center

Old Monterey Market Place

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Pacific Grove

Point Pinos Lighthouse
Pacific Grove

Point Sur Lightstation

Recreation Trail
Castroville to Pacific Grove

Redwings Horse Sanctuary

San Carlos Beach Diving

Soledad Mission

Steinbeck's Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum

Ventana Wilderness Sanctuary
Big Sur

Wild Things

Nearby Attractions

Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park

Hearst Castle
San Simeon

Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroad

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz

Winchester Mystery House
San Jose