Monterey Landmarks

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Monterey Landmarks

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  • Kim T T
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a leisurely drive. The drive starts long before one enters the Pacific Grove Gate. Start one's drive from the Cannery Row along the beach side road. One can't missed it. Finish this stretch and then proceed to the Pacific Grove Gate entrance and follow the signage posts or on the road. You will be on the correct side of the drive. Get a free map and try to stop at each recommended points for pics.
    The Pebble Beach stretch is somewhat disappointing as its private and hoi polloi are out of bound or view are boarded up.
    Written 20 April 2024
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  • Waddler
    York, UK10,908 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Its a touristy area but retains some authenticity in its buildings and is an attractive street.

    Loved the Fish Hopper restaurant and we enjoyed Treasure Ride. Of course the aquarium is the big attraction but you might spot sea life anyway, look out for sea otters and sea lions wherever you get an outlook over the bay.
    Written 6 September 2023
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  • Corrado R
    Vedano al Lambro, Italy1,136 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Touristic place in Monterey.
    This old wharf features lots of restaurant and shop that are very touristic but also worth a visit.
    Written 16 April 2024
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  • F W
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Coast Guard Pier is a great place to see MANY sea lions and otters. The otters play in the kelp fields just offshore and the sea lions are just everywhere. Drawback: the smell. My guess is sea lion poo. Bad. Be prepared. PLEASE NOTE: Parking lot 21 seems like a fantastic deal (around $4 for a couple of hours), but BEWARE....if you go over your time, you be HEAVILY fined (got a ticket for $48 for 6 minutes over!)!! We forgot to get our ticket out of our rental and were fined an additional $25 for being late paying it. This cast a very negative light on the City of Monterey, but that's a discussion for another time.
    Written 5 September 2023
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  • WillieMacfan
    Healdsburg, CA792 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    San Carlos Cathedral in Monterey is possibly the oldest stone building in California. Still serves as the basilica for the Monterey Diocese of the Catholic Church. Attended Mass.

    Its a long narrow building. No overwhelming artifacts. Pews on each side of the aisle hold three to four people in tight somewhat uncomfortable spaces. Kneelers are not padded well and leg room is extremely limited. But you are not there for comfort.

    The reason to visit is either historical and/or religious. The Cathedral meets both of those objectives
    Written 3 May 2023
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  • frequent1
    Groveland, CA1,495 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The place has a phenomenal view and the houses are structured away from wind. They had plenty of heaters outside and the service, food and ambiance were excellent. Everything went off without a hitch. Highly recommmended
    Written 16 April 2023
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  • traveler
    Concord, CA218 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I have been a fan of John Steinbeck since I was a child and have been to Monterey previously so found this to be a very nice addition -- very inspiring but it was meaningful to us.
    Written 21 June 2023
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  • Carolynn C
    Grand Terrace, CA55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wedding Venue
    This is a beautiful location the ambience was tranquil and stylish. The outdoor dining was great the menu accommodated vegetarian as well as fish and chicken. The floral arrangements were simple and beautiful. We danced, dined ,roared the couple and had a memorable experience. Parking is a challenge due to the downtown location.
    Written 8 June 2023
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  • Warren G W
    Rainier, OR1,654 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As a marine biology student at Stanford in the 1950's, I came with classes, to Hopkins Marine Station, and visited what was left of Doc Rickett's legacy on The Row. We all had copies of his seminal work on Pacific Coast marine biology - "Between Pacific Tides" - and we tried to find all the invertebrates that he so carefully described.
    Seventy years later, it is nostalgic to find that some small remnants of his work is left (if you would like to read his book, the MBAQ has it in their bookstore), and especially gratifying to introduce a grandchild who wants to be a "biologist" to this fascinating subject.
    Most visitors don't know that the "bike path" along Cannery Row is actually the old Southern Pacific railroad right-of-way that served the canneries and the tourists in Carmel, and that Doc Ricketts was killed by a train at the crossing just in front of the current Aquarium.
    Written 25 July 2022
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  • jeffrey k
    Needham, MA587 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    R L Stevenson stayed in Monterey for around a year at a critical part of his career. His life and times are represented in the building, which had been a hotel. The state park staff are very helpful, and it is grand to see how he lived and traveled.
    Written 2 October 2021
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  • Stephanie C
    Diamond Springs, CA249 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great spot on the “path of history “ tour in Monterey. Worth a look and if you can go into the gardens that is an added bonus. Just lovely. It is known as the prototype for Monterey Colonial buildings and showcases early 19 century antiques. Neat place to learn a bit about if you are in the area.
    Written 3 April 2019
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  • mr_larry_smith
    Austin, TX1,424 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This wharf is full of sights and places to eat. We picked a restaurant and enjoyed it. We also saw sea otters, birds and seals in their natural environments.
    Written 17 February 2022
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  • Mike_45454545
    Monterey, CA109 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's a small jail with about 6 cells but it's worth a quick stop. Will probably take about 10 min. Cells are dark, but one is lit so you can see the inside and how they used to keep prisoners.
    Written 19 July 2018
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  • mini
    Fremont, CA1,96,213 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took another drive on Highway 1 from Monterey to Big Sur. As part of this drive one drives across the historic Garrapata Creek Bridge. There are impressive views of the Big Sur area and the Pacific Ocean.
    Written 26 May 2020
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  • mini
    Fremont, CA1,96,213 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We drove to the higher area of 17 mile drive. This is where one can see and enjoy a walk at the Shepherd's Knoll area. There is a nice deluxe home area nearby.
    Written 8 September 2020
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