Embark on a journey through time in Monterey, a Central California city with a rich and varied history. From Native American settlements to Spanish missionaries, Mexican ranchos to a bustling sardine industry, Monterey has seen it all. Monterey was California’s capital during Spanish, Mexican, and American military rule.
This itinerary takes you to some of Monterey’s most significant historic sites. Begin your day with a visit to Portola Plaza, home of the Custom House and Pacific House museums in Monterey State Historic Park, and step back in time as the day unfolds, revealing stories from the past that have shaped Monterey’s present. Feel free to swap morning and afternoon suggestions, depending on your tour times.
Wear comfy shoes for the day, as you will be walking a lot! (But there are ample routes for those with mobility challenges; check with the state park rangers.)