Nowhere is evidence of the state’s Hispanic heritage richer than in Monterey. The city has numerous lovingly restored adobe buildings from the Spanish and Mexican periods, and it’s enlightening to spend a few hours wandering about the town’s historic quarter. Less worthy of note are the tourist ghettos of Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row.
As you’ll see at the amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey Bay is one of the world’s richest and most varied marine environments. It boasts dense kelp forests and a diverse range of marine life, including mammals such as sea otters, seals and sea lions, elephant seals, dolphins and whales.
Starting only a few hundred yards offshore from Moss Landing, the Monterey Canyon plummets to a depth of over 10, 000ft. In summer the upwelling currents carry cold water from this deep submarine canyon, sending a rich supply of nutrients up toward the surface level to feed the bay’s diverse marine life. These frigid currents also account for the bay’s generally low water temperatures and the fog that often blankets the peninsula in summer.
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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco
Cruise along California's spectacular coastline on a relaxing day trip from San Francisco. You'll follow Highway 1 to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula home of the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Explore Monterey's charming shops or choose to add aquarium admission. See the stunning estates of 17-Mile Drive.
We've all had that craving for the warm sunshine, sandy beaches and fabulous lifestyles of the rich and famous that call California home. But there is much more to discover away from the big sights on a trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco.