Monterey, a city with a rich cultural heritage, is the oldest city in the state and served as the state capital for a short period of time. Founded in 1770 by Captain Gaspar de Portola and joined by Franciscan Father Junipero Serra, Monterey was under the rule of the Spanish until July 1846 when Commodore John Drake Sloat arrived and claimed California for the United States.

With its unique adobes and famous attractions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row, home to the famous Doc Ricketts Lab where Steinbeck spent time. Monterey has become a thriving tourist destination with world-class dining, scenic beaches with accompanying hiking & biking trails, and historic parks. Along with the home to the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, the Naval Post Graduate School and Presidio of Monterey

Not to be missed is the beautiful harbor for sail boats, power boats, fishing fleets and the fun Fisherman’s Wharf No. 2 with fabulous restaurants and shops. If you want to buy the freshest fish, go down to Fisherman’s Wharf #1, the commercial pier, at the end, buy your fish for dinner. Along the way, you will find Loulou’s Griddle in the Middle or the Sand Bar and Grill restaurant – a local’s favorite.

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