Point Pinos Lighthouse, Pacific Grove

Point Pinos Lighthouse, Pacific Grove

Historic Attractions

The history of Monterey is part of its charm. Throughout the county, the story of Monterey's rich heritage is writ large in its adobes, gardens, mission bells, and lighthouses. Monterey is the most historic city in California, and the allure of the area continues to enthrall writers, artists and retreat seekers. You can explore the history of Monterey County through guided or self-guided tours.

Explore the Path of History, a two-mile, self-guided tour of Old Monterey. (Click here for a free walking map.) Marked by bright yellow tiles, the path leads through Monterey's quaint downtown, adobes, gardens, museums and other historic sites. Among other interesting stops is Colton Hall, where California's Constitution was developed and signed in 1849. Be sure to include both Old Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row on your historic trail to get a feel for the region's turn-of-the-century fishing history.

To complete your seaside tour, stop in Pacific Grove at Point Pinos Lighthouse to visit the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast, or travel south on Highway 1 to visit its neighbor the Point Sur Lightstation.

A quest to discover historic Monterey County isn't complete without a visit to at least one of the three California missions established by Spanish missionaries in Carmel, Soledad and Jolon in the late 1700s. Or, get transported to the late 19th century with a tour of the Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum in the Salinas Valley. Its historic train depot, school, and farmhouse along with early cultivating and irrigation equipment paint a vibrant picture of California's early days. Pacific Grove's Museum of Natural History is a great place to capture information on local wildlife and early Native American culture.

Enjoy a blockbuster trip around the Monterey Peninsula on Monterey Movie Tours' luxury coach. Visit numerous movie set locations, along with must-see spots like 17-Mile Drive.

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Colton Hall Museum & Old Jail

570 Pacific Street , Monterey, CA 93940
Phone  (831) 646-5648
Fax  (831) 646-3917
The Old Monterey Jail was constructed in 1854 and served as the City Jail until 1956. The building is open to the public daily. more

Ed Ricketts’ Lab

800 Cannery Row , Monterey, CA 93940
Phone  (831) 646-5648
The City of Monterey schedules free public tours of this historical site & provides special opportunities for educational or cultural groups to visit. more

First Mayor's House of Salinas City

20 Station Place , Salinas, CA 93901
Phone  (831) 214-8661
The First Mayors House was home to Isaac Julian Harvey. Today, it is one of only ten that still exist; it operates as a museum to interpret the early history of Salinas.  more

Henry Miller Memorial Library

48603 Highway One , Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone  (831) 667-2574
A non-profit organization championing the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist and Big Sur resident Henry Miller. more

Historic Casa Serrano Adobe

412 Pacific St , Monterey, CA 93940
Phone  (831) 372-2608
Built 1843-Saved 1959. Open to the public on Saturdays from 2-4pm and also available for special event rental. Casa Serrano has lived many lives: home, schoolhouse, Italian restaurant! It has a... more

Jose Eusebio Boronda Adobe

333 Boronda Road , Salinas, CA 93907
Phone  (831) 757-8085
Fax  (831) 757-8086
Nestled on 5 acres on the outskirts of Salinas surrounded by agriculture fields sits the 1844 Jose Eusebio Boronda Adobe listed on the National Register of Historic Places and built on 2,230 acre... more

Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad

36641 Fort Romie Road , Soledad, CA 93960
Phone  (831) 678-2586
Fax  (831) 757-8086
Established in 1791, the mission was returned to the Catholic Church andis in restoration with the chapel now completed. Open to the public. more

Mission San Antonio de Padua

End of Mission Rd , Fort Hunter Liggett, CA 93928
Phone  (831) 385-4478
For those interested in the history and archeology of early-California and Native American cultures, the Mission offers the perfect venue to explore cultural past. more

Monterey State Historic Park

20 Custom House Plaza , Monterey, CA 93940
Phone  (831) 649-7118
As an early capital under Spanish and Mexican rule, this area is filled with showcase historic buildings and sites, as its museum and educational exhibits can attest. more

Pacific House Museum

10 Custom House Plaza , Monterey, CA 93940
Phone  (831) 649-7118
A collection of historic houses and buildings interspersed throughout Old Monterey. The inside of many historic adobes can only be viewed with a State Park Guide.  more

Point Pinos Lighthouse

80 Asilomar Boulevard , Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone  (831) 648-3176
Oldest continuously-operating lighthouse on the west coast. Open Thursday through Monday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Entry donations $2 for adults and $1 for children 7-12. more

Point Sur Lightstation

Hwy One
19 Miles South of Carmel , Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone  (831) 625-4419
On the National Register of Historic Places and a California landmark, Point Sur can be visited by guided walking tours year round. more

Robert Louis Stevenson House

530 Houston St , Monterey, CA 93940
Phone  (831) 649-7118
This two-story adobe has sheltered families, government officials, artists, writers and fishermen, beginning in the Mexican era. During its time as a rooming house, known as the French Hotel, a young... more

Robinson Jeffers Tor House

26304 Ocean View Ave , Carmel, CA 93923
Phone  (831) 624-1813
Fax  (831) 624-3696
Tour Tor House, climb Hawk Tour, reminiscent of ancient Irish stone towers. Stroll through an English cottage garden rich in color, texture and fragrance. Experience the atmosphere that inspired some... more

St. Mary's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church

146 12th St , Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone  (831) 373-4441
Fax  (831) 373-4443
St. Mary’s by-the-Sea is an Episcopal parish founded in 1886 in the Diocese of El Camino Real—which is a member of the Worldwide Anglican Communion. We are located in Pacific Grove—also known as... more

Carmel Hertitage Society

Lincoln & 6th Avenues , Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
Phone  (831) 624-4447
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