Although Santa Lucia Highlands ranks as one of the premier winemaking districts in Monterey, River Road is one of the few areas with tasting rooms where visitors can kick back and sip wine. Follow this route from the coast and the sandy shores of Monterey Bay.
Big Sur Road Closure: Highway One is closed at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, which is being replaced after damage from California’s winter storms. The new bridge is expected to open in late September 2017. For updates, see Caltrans.
Monterey to River Road Road Map
5 Places to Visit from Monterey to River Road
The heart of Marina’s epicurean evolution, this winery warehouse district features Comanche Cellars, Cima Collina and Sinecure Wine.
Hit the steeply sloping sands for epic sunset views across the Monterey Bay. You could get lucky and spot a spouting whale.
Chow down on Castroville artichokes, classic meatloaf, smoked chicken gnudi and more upscale comfort food at this indoor/outdoor roadside restaurant.
Catch an auto race, music festival or an organized twilight bicycle ride around the famous track. Its recreation zone features biking, hiking, camping, bird-watching and more.
This country byway is lined by the only tasting rooms in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Both Ventana Vineyards and Hahn Family Wines offer an incredible variety of wines and prices.
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