Insider's Guide to Monterey & Carmel

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Monterey & Carmel Attractions

Monterey Bay Aquarium

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There is a reason that Monterey Bay is considered the top aquarium in the country and draws around two million visitors a year. The nearly 200 exhibits and galleries feature 623 different species of ...  Read more

Carmel Mission

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The Carmel Mission, or San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission, to give its full name, was originally not in Carmel at all. Father Junipero Serra founded the mission at the Monterey Presidio in ...  Read more

Pebble Beach

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Pebble Beach is perhaps most famous for the Pebble Beach Golf Links, which, with its views of Carmel Bay and the Pacific Ocean, is amongst the most beautiful in the world and has hosted many ...  Read more

Cannery Row

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In 1958, Monterey’s most famous waterfront street changed its official name from Ocean View Avenue to its long-time nickname Cannery Row in honor of the 1945 John Steinbeck novel of the same name.  ...  Read more

17-Mile Drive

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17-Mile Drive is often said to be one of the most scenic drives in the world and is an essential experience on any visit to California. Driving along the road offers some of the best views of ...  Read more

Big Sur

Everything is big in the 90-mile stretch of California coastline known as Big Sur. From the mountains that seem to dive into the Pacific Ocean, the night sky crowded with glittering stars, the epic ...  Read more

Custom House Plaza

Custom House Plaza, in the heart of Monterey and next to Fisherman’s Wharf, is rich in history and named after the Spanish Colonial style adobe customhouse located there. The customhouse was built ...  Read more

Dennis the Menace Park

Good fun for kids of all ages, Dennis the Menace Park is so named as it was deigned by Hank Ketchum, creator of the famously naughty comic strip character, who lived in nearby Pebble Beach. You can ...  Read more

Fisherman’s Wharf

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Just like its San Francisco counterpart, Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf is crammed full of souvenir shops, candy stores, street performers and seafood restaurants all vying for tourist dollars.  ...  Read more

Hearst Castle

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You will travel over two hours south of Carmel to reach Hearst Castle, but you may feel like you have traveled much longer – say almost one hundred years back in time. They don’t make places like ...  Read more

Point Lobos State Reserve

The headlands, coves and lush vegetation of Point Lobos inspired landscape artist Francis McComas to declare the marine protected area "the greatest meeting of land and water in the world."  ...  Read more

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