- Oct 10, 2019
We did a similar trip over Labor Day last year (flew into San Jose, drove to Monterey for 3 nights, drove back to San Jose). We stayed at the Embassy Suites Seaside and, while there's not much to do RIGHT THERE, it's a quick drive into Monterey proper. Be advised that it can be difficult to find parking around the aquarium on the weekends, but definitely try to hit the aquarium. It's world-class. Other than that, an interesting thing we did was visiting the Carmel Mission Basilica in Carmel. We hit it for a Saturday afternoon Mass, but it's a beautiful little (and very old) church. I also agree with the posters above about the beach in Carmel; it's very beautiful and a great place to watch a sunset.