The City of Monterey is a vibrant, historic community situated on majestic coastline in the southernmost curve of Monterey Bay. Boasting a colorful history, Monterey was the capital of the state’s Spanish territory in its early days. Today, the city’s “Path of History” tour encompasses the city’s impressive collection of carefully restored historic buildings and Spanish adobes. The city’s most famous landmark, however, is undoubtedly the blue-green waters of Monterey Bay. The most popular attractions are located along this shoreline, including Cannery Row, Fisherman’s Wharf, the very lively downtown district, and the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Internationally known for its mild Mediterranean climate, spectacular vistas, championship golf, historic attractions, and festive annual events, Monterey draws thousands of visitors from across the country each year. Newcomers to the city will find themselves fortunate enough to enjoy these amenities every day. In September, Monterey hosts the Monterey Jazz Festival, a 12-concert, three-day event. The city’s Maritime Museum celebrates Monterey’s seafaring heritage. Other attractions include Laguna Seca Raceway, a legendary racetrack that hosts five major events each year.