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Carmel

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State Parks · Beaches · Spas
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Situated on the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel is known for its natural scenery and rich artistic history. In 1906, the San Francisco Call devoted a full page to the "artists, writers and poets at Carmel-by-the-Sea", and in 1910 it reported that 60 percent of Carmel's houses were built by citizens who were "devoting their lives to work connected to the aesthetic arts." Early City Councils were dominated by artists, and the city has had several mayors who were poets or actors, including Herbert Heron, founder of the Forest Theater, bohemian writer and actor Perry Newberry, and actor-director Clint Eastwood.The city is known for being dog-friendly, with numerous hotels, restaurants and retail establishments admitting guests with dogs. Carmel is also known for several unusual laws, including a prohibition on wearing high-heel shoes without a permit, enacted to prevent lawsuits arising from tripping accidents caused by irregular pavement.Carmel-by-the-Sea is located on the Pacific coast, about 330mi north of Los Angeles and 120mi south of San Francisco. Communities nearby Carmel-by-the-Sea include Carmel Valley and Carmel Highlands.As of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 3,722, down from 4,081 at the 2000 census.
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Popular things to do in Carmel

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State Park
Point Lobos
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Scenic Road Walkway
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Carmel River State Beach
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Beach
Del Mar Beach
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Carmel

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Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
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Scenic Drive
17-Mile Drive Monterey
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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Beer Tasting / Tour
Monterey Bay Food Tours Monterey
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching Monterey
4.5
Duration: 3h 30 min

Hidden gems in Carmel

Beach
China Cove and Gibson Beach
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Carmelite Monastery
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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State Park
Garrapata State Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Mission
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Carmel

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Specialty Museum
Sunset Cultural Center
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Art Gallery
Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Art Gallery
Photography West Gallery
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Gallery
Gallery by the Sea Carmel
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Carmel

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Gift & Specialty Shop
The Cheese Shop
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Trio Carmel
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Kurtz Culinary
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
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Shopping Mall
Carmel Plaza
3.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Wineries in Carmel

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Winery / Vineyard
Taste Morgan
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Winery / Vineyard
Scheid Vineyards
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Winery / Vineyard
Wrath Tasting Room- Carmel
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
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Winery / Vineyard
De Tierra Vineyards Tasting Room
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

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