For some, the name Monterey means John Steinbeck and Cannery Row.

Monterey California is also synonymous with music so you might want to plan your trip around the Monterey Jazz Festival in September. 2010 will be the 53rd year for the world famous Monterey Jazz Festival.

In truth, many California tours include Monterey as part of their itinerary because this Pacific coastal town has so much more to offer. Here are some things to do in Monterey California.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium is reason enough to include Monterey California your next vacation itinerary. Monterey Bay Aquarium is known around the world as a place for family enjoyment, education and marine exploration.

Hundreds of people take the opportunity to see this world-class display of nature every day. Find out about the secret life of seahorses. See sharks in the Outer Bay. And check out the fascinating Monterey Bay habitats. Monterey Bay Aquarium is currently in the process of adding another amazing display – Hot Pink Flamingos (due to open in March 2010).

Cannery Row

If the ocean world and undersea marine life are not your style, or if you have seen the world-renowned aquarium and want to experience more of Monterey California, plan to spend a day at Cannery Row.

Cannery Row is also the title of a famous novel by author John Steinbeck. The area is named for the sardine-canning companies that operated here decades ago. Developers have converted this historic region into an area of great hotels, excellent restaurants and family-oriented activities; a real tourism treat. In addition, you can wander through the many shops that offer quality merchandise.

Steinbeck, one of the most respected authors in modern history, wrote of the last days of what was once called the Sardine Capital of the World. For more than half a century the area has been known as Cannery Row, a must-see destination for visitors to the Monterey Bay area.

Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Company

The recreation trail and IMAX Theater draw many visitors to Monterey California. Those who are familiar with the movie “Forrest Gump” will be pleasantly surprised to find the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company here.

Carmel by the Sea

If celerity sighting is your passion or if you want to experience the atmosphere of a quaint but exciting seaside town, visit Carmel by the Sea. Many movie stars and musicians make this their home. Well-known actor Clint Eastwood once served as mayor of Carmel, California.

Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf

Don’t miss the chance to see Old Fisherman’s Wharf on the Monterey Peninsula. Restaurants offer excellent seafood and other fare. Whale-watching and fishing are popular pastimes. You can also satisfy your shopping desire with a stroll through some of the lovely specialty shops.

San Luis Reservoir

For an outdoor experience, take some time to visit San Luis Reservoir and the surrounding state park. This gorgeous, wind-swept site attracts thousands of visitors annually.

You may also want to experience 17-Mile Drive at world famous Pebble Beach. Some of the words you might use to describe what you can see and feel during this wonderful journey include cypress trees, seals, sea otters, wildflowers, marvellous golf courses…and much more.

Whatever your tastes, it’s a sure bet that you’ll find it in amazing Monterey California

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