Escaping WWII in Europe, Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí lived and worked in the Monterey and Carmel area in the 1940s. Comprising over 300 Dalí etchings, mixed media, lithographs and sculptures, this permanent exhibition in the Museum of Monterey is named after Carmel's 17-Mile Drive, where the artist lived at Pebble Beach from 1943 to 1948.

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1. Custom House

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In 1822, a newly independent Mexico ended the Spanish trade monopoly and stipulated that any traders bringing goods to Alta (Upper) California must first…

2. Pacific House

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Find out what's currently open at Monterey State Historic Park, grab a free map and buy tickets for guided walking tours inside this 1847 adobe building,…

3. Monterey State Historic Park

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Old Monterey is home to an extraordinary assemblage of 19th-century brick and adobe buildings administered as a state park and linked by a 2-mile self…

4. Old Whaling Station

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Open to the public, this fine adobe structure was originally built in 1847 by Scottish settler, David Wight.

5. California's First Theater

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Originally built as a lodging house and tavern in 1847, and used as a theater from 1850, this building is currently closed for renovation.

6. Presidio of Monterey Museum

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On the grounds of the original Spanish fort, this specialized museum (of interest only to history buffs) looks at Monterey’s history from a military…

7. Stevenson House

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Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson came to Monterey in 1879 to court his wife-to-be, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. This building, then the French Hotel…

8. Colton Hall

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Peek inside brick Colton Hall, where California’s first constitutional convention took place in 1849. Once the capitol of Alta (Upper) California, today…