With its sunny climate, rugged coastline, and magnificent scenery, California is one of the grandest places to visit in the country. This article will concentrate exclusively on the two cities of Monterey and Carmel and the area immediately surrounding. Many of John Steinbeck’s novels are set here.
In Monterey you can see the Monterey Bay Aquarium. No one can afford to miss the fluorescent jellyfish, nor the four sea otters who live there permanently. And there are the Pacific House Museum, which houses exhibits on local history and Indian life; and Dennis the Menace Park for children, created by the author of the comic strip; and the Monterey Museum of Art. You can also see the sea lions at the wharf!
Carmel is home to the Carmel Mission, established in 17771 by the Spaniards to convert the Indians; Point Lobos State Park, with trails that take you through kelp forests; and Gravity Garden, with its nine-foot-high sculptures by Jim Needham with no adhesives! Also noteworthy is the sand sculptor who works on the beach at the bottom of Ocean Avenue.
Yes indeed, as Woody Guthrie once sang, “California is a Garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see.”