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Forget Route 66, This Is Actually America’s Greatest Road Trip

Fodor's Logo By Chantel Delulio of Fodor's | Slide 2 of 11: Live Your Big Little Best Life

Live Your Big Little Best Life

Monterey, which serves as the location for the popular HBO series Big Little Lies, makes for the perfect place to start your Pacific Coast road trip because it evokes the magical, enchanting California that’s been immortalized in so many songs. As soon as you stand still long enough to watch the mist thread through wind-sculpted cypress trees on a cool evening, it’s too late—you’re already under its spell.The city sits on the Monterey Bay, one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world. Its waters play host to the cute and lovable (sea lions and otters) to the downright unimaginable (do yourself a favor and don’t Google the black seadevil anglerfish). Consequentially, its aquarium (which can be found on the famous Cannery Row) is one of the most impressive you’re likely to find. Or, if you prefer to think outside the tank, you can try your hand at marine zoology by searching Asilomar State Beach’s tide pools for sea anemones, sand dollars, and sea urchins.
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