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I will be flying to Southern California in September(Staying in Monterey) and I have only three days to rent and ride a motorcycle in that area. What are some of the MUST SEE or MUST DO things while there? Any Suggestions?

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Just enjoy riding around in paradise Jack, all kind of good riding in that area. I used to live in Santa Cruz. It's nice to ride in 65 to 70 degree weather with no humidity and you don't ever break a sweat.
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Hwy 1 south along the coast. Don't plan on going fast, but you can't beat the scenery.

By the way, don't say "southern California" to the Monterey residents . They are decidedly "central" California. Made that mistake when I lived there a couple of years ago.

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By the way, don't say "southern California" to the Monterey residents . They are decidedly "central" California. Made that mistake when I lived there a couple of years ago.
+1. Even Santa Barbara is Central California, although many would consider it the northern most part of Southern California. To some folks, "Southern California" is synonymous with "Los Angeles" which as we all know - you either love or hate!

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+1. Even Santa Barbara is Central California, although many would consider it the northern most part of Southern California. To some folks, "Southern California" is synonymous with "Los Angeles" which as we all know - you either love or hate!
Then I lived in Southern Southern CA, San Diego, which few hate. I lived in the San Fernando Valley area north of LA for several years, even that was pretty nice. San Diego was MUCH better though.

We loved traveling north along the coast, Monterey is definitely one nice area. Unfortunately, you cannot take a motorcycle along the "17 mile drive" scenic area, motorcycles prohibited. That rules out one beautiful area, along the coast at Pebble Beach.

Check out the Monterey aquarium. One of the best in the country. It is a deep water research area, as the water just off the coast goes to 900 meters or more!

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Thanks to all who have helped! If you had three days to ride in that area...what would you HAVE to see/ride???

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Jack, you've gotten some great advice already. Head south on HWY 1; some of the best coastal riding in the country. Stay in Cambria - David Taylor turned me on to the Bluebird Motel there... Hearst Castle just a bit further south of that (that place is a must see - unbelievable). Monterey Bay Aquarium is as advertised - the world's best, IMO.

If you feel like being a real tourist, check out 17 mile drive through Pebble Beach/Cypress Point.

OR...

Head inland (several hours) to the Sierras, to Yosemite, and then North to Tahoe. Just stay off the slab east of Modesto/Stockton/Sacramento areas, and you can't go wrong! This might be tough if you must STAY in the Monterey area...

If you're already in Monterey - I say go south on highway 1, Pacific Coast Highway is the Shizz!

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