Best things to do in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California!

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Explore Carmel Beach: Carmel Beach is a picturesque stretch of sandy shoreline where you can take leisurely walks, enjoy stunning ocean views, and even bring your four-legged friend for a walk as it is a dog-friendly beach.


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Visit Carmel Mission: Founded in 1771, the Carmel Mission (officially known as Mission San Carlos Borromeo del río Carmelo) is one of California's most historic missions. Explore the beautiful grounds, learn about the history of the mission, and admire the stunning architecture.


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Stroll down Ocean Avenue: Ocean Avenue is the main street in Carmel and offers a delightful array of shops, art galleries, cafes, and restaurants. Take a leisurely walk along the street, explore the charming boutiques, and enjoy the town's unique ambiance.


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Discover art galleries: Carmel is known for its thriving art scene. The town is home to numerous art galleries showcasing a wide range of artistic styles and mediums. Spend some time browsing the galleries and appreciate the diverse artwork on display.


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Explore the Carmel Mission Basilica Museum: Located on the grounds of the Carmel Mission, the Carmel Mission Basilica Museum houses a collection of artifacts and artwork related to the mission's history. It offers a fascinating glimpse into the area's past.


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Visit the Tor House and Hawk Tower: The Tor House and Hawk Tower are the former residences of poet Robinson Jeffers. Take a guided tour to explore these unique structures, which were built using local stone and feature stunning ocean views.


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Take a scenic drive along 17-Mile Drive: Just south of Carmel, the 17-Mile Drive is a world-renowned scenic route that winds through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove. Enjoy breathtaking coastal views, visit famous landmarks like the Lone Cypress, and admire beautiful mansions and golf courses along the way.


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Indulge in fine dining: Carmel boasts an impressive culinary scene with a variety of upscale restaurants offering delicious cuisine. Treat yourself to a memorable dining experience and savor the local flavors and fresh seafood.


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Hike in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve: Located just a few minutes south of Carmel, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a nature lover's paradise. Explore the numerous hiking trails, enjoy breathtaking ocean vistas, and spot diverse wildlife, including seals and sea lions.


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Attend a cultural event or festival: Throughout the year, Carmel hosts various cultural events and festivals, including art shows, music performances, and food fairs. Check the local calendar to see if any events coincide with your visit.


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