Monterey, a coastal gem, has long been celebrated for its breathtaking marine beauty and cultural richness. Once the capital of Alta California under Spanish and then Mexican rule, its history is palpable through sites like the Presidio of Monterey. The world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium showcases marine life of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Cannery Row, once a bustling sardine-packing district, is now a vibrant waterfront street with shops, restaurants, and historic sites. Fisherman’s Wharf, another must-visit, offers delightful seafood, shopping, and marine tours. Highway 1 offers some of the most scenic coastal drives in the U.S. From its storied past to its marine splendor, Monterey continues to allure visitors from around the globe.