Our Scenic Movie Tour of Monterey takes you through the many historic sites in the Monterey area that have appeared in countless films over the years. You'll explore the sites in downtown Monterey, Cannery Row, Monterey Bay, Pacific Grove, 17-MILE DRIVE® in Pebble Beach, and Carmel-by-the-Sea.
This spectacularly fun land tour begins in downtown Monterey where one of our most historic sites, Colton Hall, has stood in as a girls boarding school in the movie A Summer Place and a court house in the movie The Big Bounce. Our Fisherman’s Wharf area has been used for scenes in several movies including I Cover the Waterfront, Play Misty for Me, The Candidate and P.K. & the Kid.
Travel through historic Cannery Row that has been the setting for many movies over the years including Clash by Night starring Marilyn Monroe and Barbara Stanwyck, and a few scenes in the movie, you guessed it, Cannery Row! Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home was filmed at our world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium where Humpback whales were held in captivity…. no, just kidding here! Only Hollywood and the magic of special effects can make that happen!
Lookout onto Monterey Bay where sailing scenes were filmed in the movies Captains Courageous and Mutiny on the Bounty. And, least we forget one of our most memorable movies… Monster from the Ocean Floor (once you’ve seen this monster you’ll see why it should have been left on the cutting room floor)!
View the City of Pacific Grove and its majestic coastline that was turned into the fictitious town of “Cypress Grove” in the movie Turner & Hooch. The resort seen in A Summer Place is also located in this picturesque coastal community.
Things really get busy on 17-MILE DRIVE® in Pebble Beach. The magnificent beauty of this coastline has been used in many action driving scenes in such movies as My Favorite Brunette, Julie, Chandler, The Big Bounce, The Parent Trap, My Blood Runs Cold, Susan Slade and many more! Several scenes have been filmed in and around homes situated along this unbelievably scenic drive.
The Lodge at Pebble Beach and the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links have been the location for memorable scenes in such movies as National Velvet, Julie, Follow the Sun, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir and In Love and War.
Travel through the charming little hamlet of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The downtown and residential areas of this quaint little resort community has been used for scenes in It Seems Like Old Times, The Lady Says No, A Summer Place, Play Misty for Me and others!
Watch the actual scenes where they were originally filmed on overhead monitors inside our luxury high-back seat tour coach.
Tour Duration & Stops
The tour is approximately three hours in length, depending on traffic conditions. All three of our stops are made on 17-MILE DRIVE® in Pebble Beach.
Our first stop is at Bird Rock, the largest rock just offshore on the Monterey Peninsula and a resting place for many of our wonderful marine mammals including Harbor Seals, Sea Lions and our precious little Sea Otters. A variety of birds including Black Brandt Cormorants and Pelicans can usually be spotted on the rock or frolicking in the waters just offshore. Love scenes between Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue in the movie “A Summer Place” took place on the beach in front of the rock.
Our second stop is at the Lone Cypress Tree, one of the most treasured landmarks along California’s coastline. This magnificent tree is one of the most photographed in the world and is more than 260 years old. This tree has been used as a scenic backdrop in several movies filmed on the Monterey Peninsula.
Our third stop is at the world-renowned Lodge at Pebble Beach, originally built in 1919. You’ll be able to walk out onto the back deck of the Lodge to view one of the greatest scenic settings in the world, the 18th hole of the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links. Several movie scenes have been filmed at the Lodge and on the 18th hole of this great golf course.
While Monterey Movie Tours® makes every effort to provide on-time service, it does not guarantee its departure and arrival times, which may be delayed by any number of factors, including weather, traffic, road conditions, mechanical problems or any other conditions beyond Monterey Movie Tours® control. Monterey Movie Tours® is not liable for any inconvenience or expense caused as a result of such delay.
Monterey Movie Tours® assumes no liability or responsibility for injury, loss, or damage to persons or property, delay, or expense arising from or caused by weather conditions, acts of God, war, accident, government restrictions or regulations, from an act or omission of any individual , traffic, road conditions, mechanical problems, or any other cause or condition beyond its control.
Monterey Movie Tours® reserves the right to cancel or change any tour, advertised schedule, or route without notice and assumes no liability or responsibility for any conditions beyond its control that may interrupt or cancel any tour or strand individuals on the bus. Fares are subject to change without notice. Monterey Movie Tours® is not liable for lost, stolen or destroyed tickets. Tickets are non-refundable. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Policy & Restrictions
Monterey Movie Tours® reserves the right to refuse to transport or retain any person as a member of the tour. If you witness any disorderly conduct or suspect any problem with any fellow passenger during the tour, please notify your Monterey Movie Tour guide.
Any person under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a person at least 15 years of age or older at all times.
The use or consumption of alcohol products is strictly prohibited on the bus. Federal and State law prohibit smoking on the bus.
Video and audio recording on the bus is strictly prohibited. Tours take place on luxury coach buses. Buses are not equipped with lap or shoulder belts or harnesses.
Monterey Bay Scenic Tours, LLC, (parent company of Monterey Movie Tours®) holds a Public Performance Movie License that allows us to show productions onboard our luxury coach. Movie Tours is the trademark of Movie Tours, Inc., a Hawaii Corp. Used by permission. Pebble Beach®, 17-Mile Drive® and the Lone CypressTM and their underlying distintive images are trademarks, service marks and trade dress of Pebble Beach Company. Used by Permission.