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Two legendary scenic roads, the Pacific Coast Highway and 17-Mile Drive, skirt the ocean near Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea. The area''s cypress groves, Mediterranean-style villas, and rugged coves make one of the loveliest coastlines in the United States. From Monterey Bay (and national marine sanctuary) to Point Lobos, the mercurial Pacific Ocean is the star of the show; but Spanish-era missions and Carmel’s immaculate downtown play brilliant supporting roles.

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