National Steinbeck Center
From the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium, to the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, Monterey County offers an endless list of fun things to see and do, for both the first-time and the regular visitor.
History buffs will enjoy walking the Path of History looking for landmarks detailing Monterey's brief stint as the capital of California. Outdoorsy-types will enjoy tide pooling along the rocky shore, or hiking in one of our many nature preserves. If you entertain more romantic notions, book a special getaway, and indulge in one of our many pampering spas. And for those who want to "shop 'til they drop" there is something in every price range, from the upscale stores at the Lodge in Pebble Beach and on Carmel's Ocean Avenue, to the Outlets at the American Tin Cannery in Pacific Grove and dozens of local 'treasures' across the county.
If you will be traveling with the kids, make sure you check out our Family and Children link for a list of great activities geared toward the younger crowd.
With all of the many fun things to see and do in Monterey County, it's best to plan your itinerary in advance, so you don't miss any of the area's great attractions. But don't worry, if you can't fit it all in on your first trip, you have a great excuse to return time and again!