Monterey offers the iconic California experience and much more. As a city defined by its proximity to the ocean, Monterey’s industry, culture, and cuisine are seafood influenced. John Steinbeck, author of The Grapes of Wrath, was a frequent visitor and drew a lot of inspiration from Monterey.
Cannery Row, once named Ocean View Avenue, used to be the epicenter of the city’s sardine industry. Today, it serves as a hotspot for restaurants, hotels, and other attractions.
The Annual Monterey Jazz Festival occurs every September with more than 500 artists across 8 stages. Notably, it’s one of longest continuously run jazz festival in the world.
Just north of Cannery Row is the Monterey Bay Aquarium, offering a closer look into ocean life. Sea otters, sharks, jellyfish, and penguins fill its tanks.
Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the best places to visit in Monterey. It has a wide range of seafood restaurants, including Big Fish Grill, Abalonetti Bar & Grill, Crabby Jim’s, and Old Fisherman’s Grotto.
The National Steinbeck Center has an interactive exhibit that explores “The Grapes of Wrath” and the Great Depression. The Museum of Monterey has the original Fresnel lens that used to guide ships to safe harbor.
To get a lot of shopping done in one place, Del Monte Shopping Center features department stores, numerous national retailers, and a wide variety of entertainment options to boot.