Monterey Bay Aquarium area. We watched humpback whales slapping and breaching for about 10 minutes straight out in the bay, but they were too far away to get photos. We were pretty sad about that, but they were amazing!
Castlewood Canyon State Park. A little place we had driven by many times but never actually visited. There's so much more to it that we didn't see that we may make it a regular stop when we head to Colorado Springs.