Three days tours. A long weekend. That is all you need to take in the charming delights of Monterey and come away happy. The city is one of California’s most unassumingly beautiful. It is rich in activities, sightseeing, culture and history.
European ships that first tried to land here found themselves dashed on the rocks. The Spaniards came over land and made the city a part of Mexico, the capital of Alta California. After the American-Mexican war, when America gained control of these lands, it was here that the constitution of California was drafted, and the state accepted into the USA.
Today the city is famous for a few standout sightseeing factors its exceptional beauty of its natural environment; the boundless numbers and bold behaviours of the sea otters, sea lions, and seals; the many John Steinbeck novels that were set here; the outdoorsy people; and the world class Aquarium.
Essential travel information and Monterey tips for your visit
- Drive with caution. Monterey is a popular destination, which means lots of traffic.
- Street parking can be free for two hours on weekends and after 6:00 PM.
The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Monterey
Save 13%Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco1249 Reviews
Duration: 11 Hrs
Cruise along California's spectacular coastline on a relaxing day trip from San francisco. You'll follow Highway 1 to the bea...
Save 4%Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium14 Reviews
Duration: 14 Hrs
This tour will start traveling south on the famous Pacific Coast Highway, California Highway 1. We will set foot on Montereys...
Save 4%Monterey Bay Aquarium Admission85 Reviews
Dive into an underwater world of mystery, beauty and awe at the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, perched on the edge of the stun...
Save 4%Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey6 Reviews
Duration: 4 Hrs
Embark on a 4-hour whale watching tour. All trips are narrated by a naturalist or marine biologist guide, who will also spend...