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Summer Staycation Destination: Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

It’s mid-July, the mercury is rising, and you still haven’t found time for a summer vacation. It’s never too late for a well-crafted staycation. No need to gallivant off to faraway places with astronomical prices when there is an abundance of hot spots to see locally. Need recommendations on where to stay, where to eat and what to do? Stay tuned throughout the week—We’ve got you covered. Destination: Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Fast Facts:

  • On the map:
    • On the Central California Coast; about 330 miles north of Los Angeles and 120 miles south of San Francisco.
  • In the history books:
    • Monterey was established in 1770 by Father Junipero Serra, founder of the California mission chain, and Gaspar de Portola, the same explorer who also founded San Diego.
    • Monterey was the capital of California from 1777-1849 under the flags of Spain and Mexico.
    • Monterey was home to California’s first theater, public library, public school and California’s first newspaper, The Californian.
    • Carmel was founded later in 1902.
    • Clint Eastwood was mayor of Carmel from 1986-1988. A focal point of his campaign was to ban eating ice cream on public streets…the law was overturned.
  • At a glance:
    • Cannery Row
    • Monterey Bay Aquarium
    • 17-Mile Drive
    • Pebble Beach

  • On second look:
    • Quaint small-town ambiance
    • Breathtaking scenery with coastal vistas and towering conifers
    • Charming art galleries and cozy cafes

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