Top Outdoor Activities in Carmel

Filled with majestic scenery, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a little slice of heaven on earth. With stunning views throughout the town and so much to look at, it can be hard choosing how to spend your time. Here are the top outdoor activities that are guaranteed to make you feel like you’re in a fairy tale while visiting Carmel.

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Scenic Carmel-By-The-Sea Guided E-Bike Tour

Meet: Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop SW Corner of Ocean Ave and Mission St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921
Price: $60 special, $75 usual

This guided electric bike tour is a fantastic way to see everything that Carmel has to offer. You will ride through downtown and get a glimpse of the cottage-like architecture, then cycle through Scenic Drive, which has landmarks like the Tor House, Butterfly house, Carmel River State Beach, Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch, and more.

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Off the Beaten Path in Carmel-by-the-Sea: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Start: Pine Inn Ocean Ave &, Lincoln St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923
Price: $8

Explore at your own pace on this self guided walking tour of off-the-beaten-path sights in Carmel. Your walk will take you by artist Mary Austin’s Rose Cottage, the Jane Powers Walkway, the historic Pine Inn, the First Murphy house museum, Carmel Beach, Pebble Beach Golf Links, and more, all while listening to tales of the past.

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Guided 2-Hour Point Lobos Nature Walk

66 CA-1, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923
Price: $49

Take a guided nature walk along the exquisite cliffs of Point Lobos and look out for wildlife, such as otters, seals, sea lions, birds, and other land and sea bearing animals. On your walk, learn engaging stories about how Carmel evolved from a town of whalers and fisherman to the fairy-tale-like destination it has become.

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Scenic Path Carmel-by-the-Sea: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Start and end: Camino Real & 8th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923
Price: $8

Explore Carmel-by-the-Sea’s sweeping views on Scenic Road during this self guided and paced walk. You will pass the North Dunes Habitat Restoration Project, Carmel Beach Overlook, the home where Clint Eastwood lived while serving as mayor, and more while learning about Carmel’s iconic architecture style and other stories of the past.

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Guided 2-Hour Walking Tour in Carmel by the Sea

Start: Pine Inn Ocean Ave &, Lincoln St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923 | Return: Carmel Art Association Gallery Dolores Street between 5th &, 6th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921
Price: $35

Gain a new perspective on Carmel as you are guided through town and listen to storytellers talk about the arts and artists, architecture, and other history of the residents of Carmel. Learn how Carmel became the cute village it’s known as today.

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17 Mile Drive Guided E-bike Tour Pebble Beach From Carmel

17 Mile Drive Guided E-bike Tour Pebble Beach From Carmel
Price: $60 special, $75 usually

Cycle through the iconic route 17-Mile Drive and explore the peninsula on an electric bike. You will start by riding through downtown, then your guide will take you to Pebble Beach and landmarks like The Lodge at Pebble Beach, The Lone Cypress, Bird Rock, Point Joe, Spanish Bay, Crocker Grove, and more.

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