An ever-growing list of cool spots I know, that you know now too.
ASILOMAR STATE BEACH (PG): Asilomar is Pacific Grove's piece of the coastline on the peninsula. It's a great place for bonfires, evening drives, or to watch the sunset.
ABANDONED CHURCH (FORT ORD): This is an abandoned church in the middle of the Fort Ord barracks. You can drive pretty much all the way up to the church, and it looks pretty cool from the outside, and also the inside. In the back, there is a room completely full of newspapers on the ground.
DEADWOOD (FORT ORD): This is a really cool pump track (sort of) located on the edge of Fort Ord and Del Rey Oaks/Ryan Ranch area. It's completely not visible from the road, but if you park where I put the location on the map (link below) you are just going to walk right into the forest (wherever you see an opening) and you should be able to find it. I don't have any pictures of this but if you like mountain biking you should definitely check it out, there are really big jumps and fun trails to ride on.
HUCKLEBERRY HILL LOOKOUT POINTS (PEBBLE BEACH): These are two lookout points that are on 17 mile drive, really not super cool but there are some nice forests around this area that you can walk through, as well as bike paths (even though biking isn't technically allowed).
Lookout point 1 (Huckleberry Hill): https://goo.gl/maps/2yuCpuwooEQ2
Lookout point 2 (Sheppard's Knoll): https://goo.gl/maps/CsSYaasSkzo
OCTOPUS SCULPTURE (PACIFIC GROVE): I love this octopus sculpture, carved directly into a Cypress Tree in someone's front yard. Sculpted by artist Griffon Ramsey.
PESCADERO POINT (PEBBLE BEACH): A forbidden little area in Pebble Beach where the forest opens to an area full of ice plant where you can see all of Carmel.
Park in the Ghost Tree Parking area and then walk toward the location on the map, you'll have to climb over/down some rocks.
RIBERA BEACH (CARMEL): This is a pretty much a really nice spot to watch thew sunset, it's basically a cliff that overlooks the beach below. Just park at the spot on the map and then walk forward (not down the stairs).
SIERRA CREST (AKA CERRO CREST) (BIG SUR): Probably my favorite hike in Big Sur. It's kind of hard to get to. Basically, you need to make your way up a very big hill (about 1000 ft of elevation). Here are some instructions on how to get there: