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Exploring Monterey

California's original state capital was the scenic coastal city of Monterey, first settled during the late 18th century and perched on one of the nation's largest marine sanctuaries, Monterey Bay. The city's Spanish and Mexican background remains evident in its numerous renovated adobe buildings. Despite Monterey's relatively small population, the city boasts more historic structures than anywhere else west of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Accommodations in Monterey

There is a range of options for all travelers. The most popular hotel in Monterey is the Stonepine Estate, which has been booked 12 times from our verified guests. Our guests also highly recommended Old St. Angela Inn in Monterey as it has been reserved 5 times.

There are some amazing options offering top-notch services and facilities. Check out Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa and Quail Lodge & Golf Club.

Sightseeing in Monterey

- Cannery Row

Formerly known as Ocean View Avenue, this landmark road was officially renamed in 1958, in honor of the great John Steinbeck novel that was set here. The Row’s eye-catching sardine cannery buildings have been imaginatively repurposed as trendy boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and boutique hotels, and the area now stands as one of Monterey’s premier tourist districts. Younger visitors will be delighted by Monterey Mirror Maze & Lazer Challenger – they'll explore a mind-bending labyrinth, see an incredible sound and light show, before negotiating their way through a fun laser obstacle course. Elsewhere, you can refresh yourself with a spot of wine-tasting at A Taste of Monterey, a regional wine market and bistro with jaw-dropping views of Monterey Bay.

- Fisherman’s Wharf

This handsome, historic wharf, which dates back to the 19th century, is today a vibrant hub of tourist activity. Visitors flock here in their droves to embark on poignant whale watching excursions, fishing and sailing trips, and leisurely bay cruises. It’s the preferred hang-out spot for Monterey’s population of sea lions, so you’re likely to spot a few of these adorable creatures here, lounging around in the sunshine. The wharf is also home to the Bruce Ariss Wharf Theater, which stages productions of hit musicals performed by top local talent in a delightfully intimate setting.

Transportation in Monterey

Monterey-Salinas Transit, the area's main public bus network, operates a summer trolley bus service across downtown Monterey and a regional bus wine tour in addition to its regular bus service. MST travels regularly to Carmel, Pacific Grove, Big Sur, and Salinas. Salinas is also home to Monterey's nearest rail station. The small Monterey Peninsula Airport handles flights to much larger cities throughout the western United States. Walkers can visit up to 37 significant Monterey landmarks along the 'Path of History' trail.

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