This city of 28,000 is especially notable for its historic downtown, Old Monterey, which is a state historic park with some 55 sites dating back to the days in the 18th and 19th centuries when it was the capital of Spanish and then Mexican Alta California. Another major attraction is the Monterey Aquarium, part of the reknowned Cannery Row area made famous by the novels of John Steinbeck. On the way here, by the way, you'll pass by Seacliff, Sunset, Zmudowski, Moss Landing, Salinas River, and Marina state beaches; all are great for picnicking and fishing, but only Seacliff and Moss Landing lend themselves to actually getting into the water.

It's just one of the enticing stops on Tripatini member Teresa Brashear's post A Fantastic California Road Trip: San Francisco to Carmel.


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