The city of Monterey is steeped in California history with its adobe buildings that date from the days of Spanish and Mexican rule and, on Cannery Row, stakes its place in American literary history. Monterey is also home to one of the world’s best aquariums, which offers educational exhibits and interaction with sea critters. Carmel, though no longer the bohemian artist colony that made it famous, retains its charms with its storybook homes, art galleries and quaint cafes. Be sure to leave enough time to take in the 90-mile stretch of dramatic coastline known as Big Sur, favored spot of artists, hikers and romantics. And last but not least, with dozens of wineries and a thriving fishing industry, you can be sure to eat and drink well in Monterey and Carmel.
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