Hard to believe that a city so small can offer up such a great number of things to do! Guess it’s no surprise, considering the star-studded list of artists and writers — John Steinbeck, Robert Louis Stevenson, Xavier Martinez, and more — who have, at some point, lived in Monterey, California. Might as well go see what’s so inspiring about the place yourself, right? Oh, and while you’re at it, see if you can spot the road shark.
1. With a history that dates back to 1770, and a name that’s nearly as long, Misson San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelostrong is well worthy of worship. Inside the astounding five-foot thick walls of this National Historic Landmark, is an architecturally amazing church with an interesting collection of old Spanish religious art, and also on the grounds is oh, you know, just a museum or two.
2. Fishing around for something neat to see? Head to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. People rave about this place, and despite the $30 entry fee, it’s no wonder why; its filled with mesmerizing displays, from swaying kelp forests to joy-inducing sea otters.
3. There must be a reason why Point Lobos State Park is nicknamed the “crown jewel of the State Park System.” Perhaps it’s the rocky ocean views, stunning enough to knock the wind out of you. Perhaps it’s the ribbons of pristine walking trails. Perhaps it’s the delicate flora. No matter what it is, we reckon you ought to find out!
4. It’s hard to believe that this store, now stuffed full as a teddy bear with old oddities and delights, was once a canning warehouse. Cleaned up a bit since 1927, but still boasting its original architecture, the Cannery Row Antique Mall is a vintage lover’s Land of Oz. With reasonable prices and mountain ranges of antiques to pore over, this store will have you saying, “There’s no place like this!”
Have you cruised around this California town? What did you do?