Whether you have a day – or two or three – Carmel-by-the-Sea will reward you with some of the world’s finest scenery, historic sites, art galleries, restaurants, and boutique shops. On foot, by car, or both, there’s no lack of things to do. The following suggested itineraries can help you make the most of your stay.
17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach is one of the best-known scenic drives in the world. It takes visitors past dream homes and the world’s greatest golf courses, as well as miles of scenic coastline and the serene majesty of Del Monte Forest. Highway One from Monterey through Big Sur is “the road trip of a lifetime.” It’s a State Scenic Highway and has been declared an All-American Road by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Scenic Byways Program.
Discover life in Monterey’s bay without leaving dry land at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Dedicated to marine research and conservation, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is known throughout the world for its interactive exhibits and ability to present marine life on a truly grand scale.
Cannery Row is anchored by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and features restaurants, hotels, specialty shops, local artists’ galleries and wine tasting rooms, all stretching along the historic streets and waterfront. Visitors can take in the wonders of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary by scuba diving, kayaking, or bike riding along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail.
Fisherman’s Wharf in downtown Monterey should be on the “must-do” list of every visitor to the area. This is a great place to take in the sights and sounds and smells of Monterey. Because neighboring Wharf 2 is the heart of the area’s thriving fishing industry, you can usually watch the working trawlers unloading the catch of the day — just look for all of the seagulls hoping for a handout to know who’s had a successful day on the Bay!
GRAND-AM’s top-tier Rolex Sports Car Series has established itself as one of the most competitive professional road racing championship in North America. For 2013, the Rolex Series expands to a three-class format, allowing the entrance of new cars and technologies in the newly formed “GX” class.
The Daytona Prototype category that was launched as the series’ flagship class in 2003 has attracted the attention of superstar drivers and universally recognized teams through its extremely raceable and relatively affordable format. The DP class moved into a new phase in 2012 with the introduction of the third generation prototype.
Like the DP class that has redefined prototype sports car racing, the GT class has done the same for high-performance, production-based sports car racing. With an eye toward the cost-containment and close competition, the GT category provides a stable battleground for the world’s top automobile manufacturers. Famed European automobile builders Ferrari and Audi entered the division in 2012 with new cars built specifically for the Rolex Series. The production-based GX class was added to feature cars and technologies not currently involved in the Rolex Series.
Rules are being developed to allow for the exploration of a wide variety of alternative technologies and alternative fuels. This could include turbocharged engines; fuels other than gasoline, such as clean diesels; and hybrid powertrains.
The GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, featuring straight-from-the-showroom American muscle cars and the hottest imports, is also back in 2013 for its 13th season of competition under the GRAND-AM umbrella. The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge routinely features some of the largest fields anywhere in the world.
September 7-8, 2013
Advance purchase general admission starting at $20 or a three day pass for $60. General admission and paddock is free for Children 12 and under with a paying adult. Hospitality packages starting at $300.
Rolex Sports Car Series – Sunday, September 8
Star Mazda and USF 2000
Parking and Gates:
Free parking available. VIP Parking: $25. Gates open at 7 a.m.
SPEED has the broadcasting rights to this event. Air dates and times are TBA. Please check back for updated information.