With a focus on the marine life of the Monterey Bay that's just outside its windows, the aquarium is a favorite of kids of all ages, with live sea otters, touch pools, and special exhibits that make it seem new every time you visit. This is a popular attraction and can be very busy with crowds packing the halls to see the kelp forest, anchovy tank, and the giant octopus, so arrive early for a quieter visit. Check the Monterey Bay Aquarium Visitor Guide for the latest and greatest attractions.
Cannery Row is the street running parallel to the Monterey shoreline and gained fame from the same-named novel written by John Steinbeck in 1945. Cannery Row is a mix of old cannery buildings, with sardine processing equipment rusting in empty lots next to fancy hotels. While that might sound less than appealing, it has a certain rumpled kind of charm. Fans of the book will especially enjoy catching sight of the historic worker homes and Reduction plant.
This museum is dedicated to one of the twentieth century's most renowned artists, Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali. The Dali 17 (the 17 is for the 17-Mile Drive nearby), is full of works by the artist, who lived in the Monterey area for a few years in the 1940s. The collection is the most extensive private Dali collection on exhibition in the United States and includes rarely seen works like his book of illustrations. It's also the only collection that showcases photographs from Dali’s fundraiser party A Surrealistic Night in an Enchanted Forest, which was held at the old Del Monte Hotel in Monterey.
Monterey is one of California's oldest towns. Spanish explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno first came here in 1602 and the Spanish returned in 1770, creating their first military settlement. Head onto the grounds of the Monterey State Historic Park for a step back into history by exploring the preserved collection of homes and buildings. Finding the path is easy with yellow-tiled markers showing the route that travels by a dozen buildings, including the Customs House, the state's oldest government building. Guided tours are offered within some of the buildings.
Follow 17-Mile Drive’s red-dotted line to arrive at an enchanting world full of dramatic coastal cliffs, snow-white beaches, mystical forests and iconic golf courses. Discover one of the most scenic drives in the world as you meet the inspiring Lone Cypress, ponder the giant trees at Crocker Grove, digest the untouched beauty at Fanshell Beach, behold the power of the Restless Sea at Point Joe, stroll the boardwalk above the beach at Spanish Bay, and much, much more.
Get goosebumps while standing on the first tee at Pebble Beach Golf Links — the No. 1 public course in the country. Let the bagpiper serenade you during a Spanish Bay sunset. Draw inspiration from the proud Lone Cypress. Discover your own favorite spot along 17-Mile Drive, or our 25 miles of trails, or the serene Stillwater Cove. Join us at Pebble Beach Resorts and make your own unforgettable memories.
Carmel-by-the-Sea is a small beach city on California's Monterey Peninsula. It's known for the museums and library of the historic Carmel Mission, and the fairytale cottages and galleries of its village-like center. The Scenic Bluff Path runs from surf spot Carmel Beach to bird-rich Carmel River State Beach, with a scuba entry point. South lie the sea animals and whaling museum of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is outstanding for sightseeing, photography, painting, nature study, picnicking, SCUBA diving, and jogging. In addition to the spectacular beauty, nearly every aspect of its resources is of scientific interest. There are rare plant communities, endangered archeological sites, unique geological formations, and incredibly rich flora and fauna of both land and sea. Deriving its name from the offshore rocks at Punta de los Lobos Marinos, Point of the Sea Wolves, where the sound of the sea lions carries inland, the Reserve has often been called "the crown jewel of the State Park System". Point Lobos has offered many things to millions of people who have visited it over the years.
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