Dec 18

Fort Ord Dunes State Park is a newly opened state park which features expansive views of the Monterey Bay. This recently opened state park has a 1,500 foot trail to 4 miles of ocean beach for hiking and bicycling roads and shoreline. Opened in 2009, the park, which spans almost 1,000 acres, has gorgeous panoramas.

Eight educational panels have been installed that will inform the public about the natural and cultural history of the park. You can use your cell phone to learn more about the history of Fort Ord and its cultural and natural features. There is also a boardwalk taking you to the top of a bluff where there is a viewing platform. Formerly used as a weapons firing range the dunes are now home for many endangered birds and other wildlife.

Stay at the Monterey Stage Coach Lodge when you visit Fort Ord Dunes State Park, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit:

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Dec 11

Point Pinos Lighthouse is the oldest and continuously operating lighthouse anywhere on the Pacific Grove, Monterey. Technically, it is the second lighthouse ever built after Alcatraz but was never destroyed or decommissioned while Alcatraz is somewhat older and its lighthouse demolished so, later it was rebuilt outside the prison walls.

Built in 1855, the Point Pinos Lighthouse is on the northernmost tip of the Peninsula. The light is a third-order Fresnel lens with lenses, prisms and mechanism. The present light source is located 89 feet above from sea level, is a 1000 watt bulb, which is amplified by the lenses and prisms to produce a 50,000 candlepower beam visible under favorable conditions up to 15 miles distant. The Point Pinos was named by the Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino in 1602 during an exploration of the California coastline for the Count of Monterey.

Hours: Thursday-Monday, 1-4pm

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Dec 04

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a cemented road racing track in central California intended for both auto racing and motorcycle racing. It was originally build in 1957 near Salinas and Monterey, California and was previously known as Laguna Seca Raceway.

One of the most popular race tracks in the country and the 11 turn, 2.238 mile course is best known for the legendary Corkscrew turn that drops an equivalent of 5 1/2 stories. The challenging and demanding track attracts all forms of motorsport from the American Le Mans Series and Grand Am to historic racing and MotoGP. A variety of racing, exhibition and entertainment events are held at the raceway, ranging from super karts to sports car racing to music festivals.

If you are curious to know more about the motor races then come and stay at the Monterey Stage Coach Lodge, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit:

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