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Reasons to Visit Monterey County in the Fall

Reasons to Visit Monterey County in the Fall

Monterey County is a Fantastic Fall Destination

People who want to revel in the wonders of the fall season should make a point to visit Monterey County on California's Central Coast. Fall in Monterey is all about gorgeous surroundings, comfortable temperatures, majestic butterflies, plentiful recreational activities and exciting local events. As your local guide, we always recommend fall as a terrific time to explore and visit Monterey County cities including Carmel, Pacific Grove, Carmel Valley and Pebble Beach.

If you want to make the most of the fall, you should start organizing a trip to Monterey County ASAP.

Fall Recreation in Beautiful Monterey

Monterey County is among California's most scenic destinations at all times of the year. The region's fall landscapes, however, are particularly breathtaking, with colorful leaves galore. Its fall weather is just as noteworthy. People who visit Monterey in the fall can experience the joys of sun and gorgeous temperatures of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fall in Monterey is ideal for people who want to take in the beauty of nature. If you want to soak up the area's natural splendor, recreational activities such as cycling and hiking, this coastal area may be right up your alley. Other popular fall outdoor activities include whale watching, standup paddle boarding and kayaking.

Majestic Monarch Butterflies

If you're lucky enough to visit Monterey County in October, you may just be able to witness a majestic showing of Monarch butterflies. Countless Monarch butterflies pass through a eucalyptus grove in the coastal city of Pacific Grove each October. These butterflies stay close together while dangling from tree branches. This results in a display that's truly visually impressive. If you want to view nature at its finest, the Monarch Grove Sanctuary in the fall is without a doubt a must-see for you. This nature preserve encapsulates all of the things that make the fall season in Monterey County great. These things include soothing nature and incredible wildlife. If you're in the area on 1st week of October make sure to stop by the Butterfly Parade and Bazaar, a Monterey County tradition since the late thirties!

Exciting and Fascinating Events

Fall events in Monterey County are a major draw for many visitors. If you love live music, you should head to the Monterey Jazz Festival, a 3-day festival, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. This beloved festival displays the talents of jazz greats and rising stars in the genre alike. The Monterey Jazz Festival isn't only a terrific event for people who adore live entertainment, either. It's also a terrific one for fans of amazing food.

The California International Airshow is another major 2-day fall event. If the idea of watching dazzling acrobatics high up in the air fills you with enthusiasm and excitement, you'll adore this Salinas Municipal Airport extravaganza.

Monterey County fall visitors should head to Monterey Beach Sportsfest. This event is essential for people who want to relish Del Monte Beach's carefree and breezy setting. Fans of water polo, beach volleyball, swimming and the spirit of pure competition won't want to bypass this dynamic and lively festival.

The Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival celebrates the rich international culture of Monterey with music, flags, international crafts and food, dancers from many diverse cultures and a whole array of exhibitions.

For the foodies and wine connoisseurs, Taste of Carmel features locally sourced gourmet food, the region's finest wines and live music. Big Sur Food & Wine Festival features a beautiful coastline drop while you taste and drink local blends and flavors. Make sure you check our complete calendar of events for even more choices!

Shopping Fun

You can shop 'til you drop while in Monterey County. The Crossroads Carmel is a popular shopping center located in Carmel-by-the-Sea. It offers shoppers everything from souvenir shops to chic clothing boutiques. People who visit this shopping center can look for everything from charming home decorations to meaningful jewelry pieces.

If you want to enjoy shopping for hours, downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea is a wondrous choice. It features an abundance of stylish and small boutiques. The Barnyard Shopping Village and Carmel Plaza are two other immensely popular and enjoyable Carmel-by-the-Sea shopping spots.

Another well-known shopping spot is Del Monte Shopping Center in Monterey. This pleasant open-air destination is home to a wide range of beloved and well-known shops and restaurants.

Start Planning Your Fall Trip Today

Fall in Monterey is a great opportunity for fun, leisure and relaxation. Whether you love marvelous natural settings, golfing, amazing live entertainment, or anything in between you will enjoy your stay in Monterey. If you want your fall to be rewarding, you should begin planning your Monterey getaway right away!

For lodging and accommodations, we highly recommend Mariposa Inn & Suites in Monterey and Hofsas House in Carmel. Other options are included on our recommended hotels section.