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Monterey

4.1
Aquariums · Scenic Drive · Dolphin & Whale Watching

Popular things to do in Monterey

Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
17-Mile Drive ©
Scenic Drive
17-Mile Drive
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Monterey Bay Food Tours ©
Beer Tasting / Tour
Monterey Bay Food Tours
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
4.5
Duration: 3h 30 min
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. It stands at an elevation of 26ft above sea level, on a land area of 8.466sqmi. The 2010 census recorded a population of 27,810.Monterey was the capital of Alta California under both Spain and Mexico. It was the only port of entry for taxable goods in California. In 1846, the U.S. flag was raised over the Customs House, and California became part of the United States after the Mexican–American War.The city had California's first theater, public building, public library, publicly funded school, printing press, and newspaper. The city and surrounding area have attracted artists since the late 19th century and many celebrated painters and writers have lived there. Until the 1950s, there was an abundant fishery.Among Monterey's notable present-day attractions are the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf and the annual Monterey Jazz Festival.HistoryNative American periodLong before the arrival of Spanish explorers, the Rumsen Ohlone tribe, one of seven linguistically distinct Ohlone groups in California, inhabited the area now known as Monterey. They subsisted by hunting, fishing and gathering food on and around the biologically rich Monterey Peninsula. Researchers have found a number of shell middens in the area and, based on the archaeological evidence, concluded the Ohlone's primary marine food consisted at various times of mussels and abalone. A number of midden sites have been located along about of rocky coast on the Monterey Peninsula from the current site of Fishermans' Wharf in Monterey to Carmel. Take stress off the schedule by using our United States trip itinerary builder tool.

Side trips from Monterey

Point Lobos ©
State Park
Point Lobos Carmel
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Historic Walking Area
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard Pacific Grove
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching Moss Landing
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Asilomar State Beach ©
Beach
Asilomar State Beach Pacific Grove
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Monterey

Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Biking Trail
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
Old Fisherman's Wharf ©
Pier / Boardwalk
Old Fisherman's Wharf
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Park
Dennis the Menace Park
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Monterey

Cannery Row ©
Historic Walking Area
Cannery Row
3.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
Perry House ©
Historic Site
Perry House
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
San Carlos Cathedral ©
Church
San Carlos Cathedral
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Cooper-Molera Adobe ©
Historic Site
Cooper-Molera Adobe
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Monterey

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Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe ©
Art Museum
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Monterey County Youth Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Monterey County Youth Museum
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Colton Hall Museum ©
History Museum
Colton Hall Museum
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Selfieville ©
Specialty Museum
Selfieville
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Wineries in Monterey

Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room ©
Winery / Vineyard
Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Ventana Vineyards ©
Winery / Vineyard
Ventana Vineyards
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Carmel Ridge Winery ©
Winery / Vineyard
Carmel Ridge Winery
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
A Taste of Monterey-Wine Market & Bistro ©
Winery / Vineyard
A Taste of Monterey-Wine Market & Bistro
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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