Northern California January 09, 2017
The One Park Near Northern California That’s Unlike Any Other In America
Have you ever wanted to go on a safari and see exotic animals up close, but have never traveled to Africa to actually see this dream come true? Luckily for us here in Northern California, your wildest dreams can come true just a short drive away in Monterey County.
At Vision Quest Ranch in Monterey County, these majestic animals will walk right up to your front door and say good morning.
The accommodations are all safari themed, but no camping out or roughing it is required.
Day visitors can come and see the animals, but if you book a room through the "A Vision Quest Safari" style Bed & Breakfast, you will be fully immersed in the Safari experience for the evening.
You'll be served a continental breakfast by the elephants in the morning (really, the Ranch's staff members bring your food, and the curious elephants who accompany them might try to sneak a bite or two of your meal).
There are no other dining opportunities on site for humans, though, so you might want to get dinner in town the night before.
There's nothing like seeing an elephant in person, and how incredible is it that we can do it right here in Northern California?
There is nothing short of delightful when it comes to these impressive beasts.
If you are concerned about the animals' treatment at this facility, here's what the website says about how they came to live here: '"Monterey Zoo is dedicated to providing professionally & humanely trained wild/exotic & domestic birds and animals for film, television, live productions, education and much much more. Monterey Zoo takes great pride in offering sanctuary to many animals that can no longer participate in entertainment or would otherwise not have a home or family."
You'll truly feel like you are on safari when you take a stroll around the grounds.
The observation deck makes for a great place to soak it all in.
The Ranch is also home to more animals than just elephants!
The large cats and other predators are exclusively handled by professionals.
But you are allowed to get up close and personal with several of the gentler exotic animals.
There is such a wide variety of creatures that you will never know which species you'll meet next.
Like this guy! We're not really sure what kind of creature he is, but we definitely want to go meet him and find out.
Some animals you even get to hold or pet.
And others you can take for a little stroll around the park.
Despite all these crazy and unique experiences to be had at Vision Quest Ranch, hands down the coolest one is the breakfast with the elephants.
Learn more about the animals you can meet here:
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For more information and to book your trip, visit the
Vision Quest Ranch/Monterey Zoo site.