Sights & landmarks in Monterey

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  • Lauren
    Raleigh, NC1 contribution
    Bike trip was amazing. Our tour guide Alex was wonderful and very knowledgeable of the marine life on our trip. On another note, this bike shop was amazing. We originally scheduled the tour on a different date but due to rainy weather coming in, they were very accommodating and changed our time to an earlier day. Can’t thank them enough.
    Written 2 December 2022
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  • Deb W
    Reno, NV2,411 contributions
    This area is like a small version of the wharf in San Francisco. We got to see a couple of sea lions. It's mostly restaurants and touristy shops.
    Written 16 November 2022
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  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, CA1,752 contributions
    The first time we came here in August, we walked down the pier and there were sea lions all along the way. In some cases, they were only a few yards away, on the other side of the fence on the rocks. At the end of the pier, we saw hundreds of cormorants. Also, along the pier are some of the Coast Guard vessels. When we came back in Sept, the Coast Guard had an event in the small park near San Carlos Beach and the ships were also open. We went on board and were able to ask questions to the Coast Guard member, which was rather interesting. Note: Also, in Sept, there were a lot fewer sea lions on the pier, as they were all in the bay area, along the walkway to Fisherman's Wharf.
    Written 25 September 2022
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  • Michelle
    Kansas City, KS31 contributions
    Lovely shopping district within walking distance of the aquarium and Fisherman's Wharf. Cute shops. Touristy.
    Written 2 October 2022
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  • Hari A
    Delta, Canada674 contributions
    The Cannery Row area is a must visit for visitors. Some very good restaurants around. The Cannery Row Monument offers some great pictures.
    Written 14 August 2022
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  • Warren G W
    Rainier, OR1,654 contributions
    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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  • Barry and Nicol... G
    Reading, UK988 contributions
    San Carlos Cathedral is the oldest stone building in California. Park up for free on the street outside and go in and sit quietly. You will feel the peace and it will surround you.
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • mr_larry_smith
    Austin, TX1,383 contributions
    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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  • jeffrey k
    Needham, MA540 contributions
    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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  • NationalParks2016
    Arlington, VA4 contributions
    We stopped here as part of a walking tour of Monterey's history. We returned to enjoy the beautiful gardens, returned again for breakfast, and then again for lunch. This is one of the most interesting and delightful spots in Monterey.
    Written 31 May 2022
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  • Ron J
    Salt Lake City, UT22 contributions
    Not only is the Perry House an exceptional wedding venue and facility but the management and staff stand above the rest. Frankie handled every aspect of our wedding planning with professionalism and grace. Even minor issues the day of the wedding were handled quickly and without undue attention. Food was flavorful with great options like a s’mores station. Servers were gracious and responsive to even the smallest request. The facility is beautiful and intimate. If you decide on this venue, you will not be disappointed. In fact, I would say you will be beyond satisfied.
    Written 12 July 2021
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  • Stephanie C
    Diamond Springs, CA243 contributions
    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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  • Mike_45454545
    Monterey, CA109 contributions
    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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  • Nancy P
    Las Vegas, NV33 contributions
    Beautiful mansion, with delightful owners. Wander the property and the home, and shop for antiques too! Pet accessories, too!
    Written 22 September 2017
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  • mini
    Fremont, CA1,75,384 contributions
    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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