Outer Bay Exhibit in the Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey is a dizzying blend of fact and fiction, history and myth, old and new. Situated on the pristine Monterey Bay, home to one of the world's most diverse marine ecosystems, this historic city offers jaw-dropping views and quaint old neighborhoods. Tourists can eat clam chowder on Old Fisherman's Wharf, visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and window-shop along Cannery Row. Once the capitol of California, Monterey's historic district includes the oldest government building in California and the state's first theater.

2010 population: 27,810
2010 median home price: $550,000

Top Monterey Attractions
1. Cannery Row
Today's Cannery Row is a popular tourist attraction, a district more than a single street, filled with restaurants and shops and home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. But when we think of Cannery Row in the realm of "seven wonders," we're probably envisioning the days of Steinbeck and sardines. FULL STORY

2. Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf is a place to get a candy apple, a free sample of hot clam chowder, a Monterey sweatshirt, a fresh-fish dinner, a boat charter, all against a picturesque backdrop. But close your eyes, take a deep breath of the salty air, listen for the sounds of sea gulls and sea lions, and you might be able to step back in time to the historic version of Fisherman's Wharf. FULL STORY

3. Path of History
Think Monterey and you think Fisherman s Wharf and Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the picturesque waterfront. But before all that was the old really old Monterey, the spot that figures so significantly into the Golden State s history that it s been called the place "where California was born." FULL STORY

4. Pinnacles National Monument
The spectacular monoliths, spires, canyons and caves are the result of a volcano and millions of years of tectonic movement. The Pinnacles rocks, according to the National Park Service, are believed to be part of the Neenach Volcano that occurred 23 million years ago near what s now Lancaster in Southern California. FULL STORY

5. Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Zagat Survey rated the Monterey Bay Aquarium No. 1 aquarium in the United States and the country s third-best family attraction.
Where: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey
Information: 831-648-4800

6. The plaza above McAbee Beach
The plaza above McAbee Beach on Cannery Row. Tote your newspaper and mocha to one of the stone benches and gab with folks from all over the world. P.S. A dog is a better babe magnet than a Frisbee or a guitar. Jerry Gervase, Monterey County Herald columnist.

7. The Osio Theater
The intimacy of your living room, viewing cutting-edge indie and foreign films usually only screened in the big cities. Jerry Gervase, Monterey County Herald columnist

8. A Stroll through Town
A walk with Joanne downtown, through the Friendly Plaza, the Custom House, Fisherman s Wharf, people watching as we stroll to Wharf 2 to the Window on the Bay, two lattes at Pino s, then a walk home down Alvarado Street through the Tuesday night farmer s market. Daniel Albert, former Mayor of Monterey

9. Dennis the Menace Park
to be a kid again. A park that s not a pocket of electronic schlock. Bring mom and dad and your imagination. Jerry Gervase, Monterey County Herald columnist.

10. Bonifacio Street
A great place to walk and shop at the Old Monterey Book Company, Luna Bly, and the edgy Outer Edge Art Gallery/Hair Salon a fitting legacy to the late hair architect, Michael Keenan. End your stroll by diving into sweet decadence at the Paris Bakery. Jerry Gervase, Monterey County Herald columnist.

Dining in Monterey

Monterey Cookhouse
2149 Fremont St
Monterey, CA 93940

Old Fisherman's Grotto
39 Fishermans Wharf
Monterey, CA 93940
Sardine Factory Info

Restaurant 1833
500 Hartnell St
Monterey, CA 93940

Insider's Guide to the Monterey Peninsula, 4th (Insider's Guide Series) by Tom Owens and Melanie Bellon Chatfield (Paperback - June 1, 2004)
The Monterey Bay Shoreline Guide(Paperback - April 6, 1999)

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Lodging in Monterey

Monterey Bay Inn
242 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
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Portola Hotel & Spa
2 Portola Plz
Monterey, CA 93940
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750 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
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