Monterey Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

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the city of Monterey sits on the central California coastline a scenic five-hour drive north from Los Angeles and an easy two hour drive south from San Francisco [Applause] perched on the edge of a Marine Sanctuary larger in size than Yellowstone and twice as deep as the Grand Canyon Monterey's wild Majesty has long humbled those who walked her rugged shores this is a place where the up dwelling of cold dark Pacific currents lifts the bounty of sea life and mystery onto the shore this is a place where the breath of the sea shapes both stone and wood and has stirred the imaginations of artists and writers like Salvador Dali and John Steinbeck Monterey's modern story began when the Spanish established a Presidio here Halling skywards chapel bells that have been calling the faithful for over two centuries in 1846 the US flag was raised over the custom house marking the end of California's Spanish and Mexican chapters three years later delegates from all over California converged at Monterey as Colton Hall to thrash out the state's first constitution continue your journey through the city's early pages at the Monterey State Historic Park follow the self-guided walking tour that breathes life into the brick and adobe buildings where the port's whalers once lived and relaxed but while the city's early prosperity was fueled by whale oil it was a much smaller sea creature that brought Monterey its greatest riches wander down cannery row past processing plants that once steamed and tinned billions of sardines each year earning Monterey the title the sardine capital of the the characters noise and gut-wrenching stench celebrated in Steinbeck's classic cannery row faded with the collapse of the silver tide in the 1950s but it was soon replaced by a new wave of prosperity hospitality today gift shops and restaurants fill the former canneries with the largest of all now home to the acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium gaze up as clouds of sardines unmolested by the purse nets of old glide through towering kelp forests and don't miss the rescued sea otters chowing their way back to good health on fresh clams while in the jellies gallery incredible invertebrates put on a psychedelic light show worthy of a rock concert when you're ready for your own seafood dinner head down cannery row to old Fisherman's Wharf sign up for a fishing charter and you'll soon be filleting your own catch or just make a selection from restaurants that have been serving up the fruits of these waters for generations Monterey has a knack for making old things useful again from Fisherman's Wharf walked the Monterey Peninsula recreational trail which follows the former tracks of the Southern Pacific Railway head east past the marina to the graceful arc of Del Monte Beach then continued a little further into the ever shifting sands and floral displays of the Fort Ord Dunes State Park from Fisherman's Wharf the trail also heads north to Pacific Grove enjoy the warm sheltered sands of lovers Point Beach then stop by Point Pinos light where a piano-playing lighthouse keeper entertained Robert Louis Stevenson when the wandering writer called by in 1879 from point Pinos follow the coastal trail down the peninsula's west coast to Asilomar state beach where icy waters from deep in the Monterey Canyon roll into rock pools rich in marine life after being serenaded by the wild surf at Asilomar who rent a convertible or hop on a bike and follow one of the USA's most scenic roads 17 mile to from Pacific Grove this privately managed toll road winds its way along the coast past the acclaimed fairways of Pebble Beach towards Carmel Bay stop by the 250 year-old lone cypress then spend some time amid the ghost trees at Pescadero point 17 mile drive emerges onto highway 1 which hugs one of the longest and most spectacular stretches of undeveloped coastline in the USA explore the windswept Bluffs and secluded coves of the Point Lobos State Park where the alone a people once harvested shellfish from the nutrient-rich waters and Shore winners scoured the horizon for telltale spouts at Guerra potta State Park buckle up for the two-hour adventure through Big Sur where California's Santa Lucia Mountains tumbled down into the swaying kelp forests of the Pacific catch your breath at Bixby Canyon bridge one of the highest single-span concrete bridges in the world in the 1960s writer Jack Kerouac almost lost his mind on the beach below trying to capture the grandeur of Big Sur in words as you follow each and every twist and turn down highway one you too will be lost for words for this is a place that often defies the limits of language indeed a visit to Monterey and it's nearby shores is a lesson in the futility of searching for the perfect adjective the ideal hashtag Monterey is a destination that invites you to silence it's a place to let the crackle will the beachside fire do the talking a place to allow the winds and waves to sing their wild timeless songs you


Expedia · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

Have you ever visited Monterey? What’s your favorite thing to do in this sunny Californian city?

Thérèse M Cortes · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

Please do Sardinia, Italy!! It's a beautiful island. Who's with me? If we all keep suggesting maybe Expidia will make a video of it. Like and commet (asking them) if you agree! ☺

Dunny2k · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

Another shithole American place? Boring. Do other countries.

Thanh Nguyen · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

That’s right. Monterey is always beautiful
I have been living in Monterey 35 years.

Mase Travels · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

Great work Expedia !

josue montejano · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

I life there lol why am I watching this

Particular Channel · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

It's very nice channel & so quietIy presentation and conversation so totally is so good & I like it.I want to do work with the expedia channel..👏✌

TravelingDorks · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

We live in California and we love Monterey!

Aravind Kumar · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

Expedia why your channel does not makes video on places in india

phong nguyen · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

Please make video in Hanoi Vietnam

Megan Marie · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

I was just in Monterey about a month ago! It’s really pretty there! 😍

p.s. I have a travel channel 🙂

Mia Lynn · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

Enjoy before "the Big One".

Pasha Dwantara · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

It happened in Monterey, a long time ago…

nesira mhamed · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

what a wonderfull place l love america

Young Republican · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

Do Tucson, AZ and Kansas City, MO!!

Kristian · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

I've recently been to Monterey with my dad on a road trip, and i really liked the place!

Ken Bugawisan · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

Expedia, I really do hope and pray that you make a Travel Guide video about the famous cities in the Philippines.
Baguio City,Boracay,Manila,Vigan,Laoag
Bohol,Cebu and Davao.

A B07 · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

Love you Expedia and thanks for showing us such a beautiful places around the world thanku.. one request please make video more longer… 🌍🌍😍😍

Show Me the PLAYLIST with Andrew Palma · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

Love & like this & that.

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L'Italia un bel paese · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

Expedia, great video, congratulations !! make more long videos about Italian cities, for example: Turin, Milan, Bologna, Verona, Rome .

KMV7 · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

Really interesting video to watch and learn about Monterey Vacation Travel Guide and who plans to visit Monterey one day?

Ricky P · July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

Barcelona coming anytime soon? Cool video btw.

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