With 18 miles of car-free coastal beauty, the Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail is a flagship of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The converted railroad track passes eucalyptus forests, sand dunes, and a montage of Monterey classics. It’s easy to spend a day biking and exploring iconic spots like Steinbeck’s Cannery Row or the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. (Who knew jelly fish could be so hypnotic?) Back on the bike, keep an eye out for flirtatious sea otters swimming with kayakers. And if the mood strikes you right, Lover’s Point provides a poetic overlook you should be sure not to overlook.
BONUS: If you want to overnight it, grab a room at the historic Asilomar in Pacific Grove.
The Monterey Recreation Trail starts at Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove, or 18 miles north at the junction of Del Monte Blvd. and Lapis Rd. in the town of Marina. Bike rentals are available from Bay Bikes near the aquarium.