Monterey, California

Few places on earth can live up to their own mythology, but Monterey is a notable exception. No matter what you’ve heard or seen in feature films, nothing can prepare you for the jaw-dropping beauty along Monterey's fabled coast. Renowned author John Steinbeck drew considerable inspiration from area landmarks including Cannery Row, which he helped to immortalize in his novel of the same name. Meander down Monterey Old Fisherman’s Wharf to indulge in a piping hot bread bowl full of clam chowder, visit the acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium to see the spirited sea otter up-close, or book a boat tour, whale watching cruise or fishing trip to set sail on the open waters of the Monterey Bay.

Monterey is a mecca for all things active. By paddle, pedal or foot, you’ll find ample opportunity for things to do in Monterey. Its robust and remarkable history has attracted visitors for many years, and can be discovered among the storied streets, adobes and museums. Today, the abundance of shopping, beaches and attractions keep travelers coming back time and time again.

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