Step into history when you visit the attractions of Old Monterey and discover a region that has inspired literature and legacies for generations. Explore the world-famous Cannery Row, experience the saga of California's Mission Trail, or steep yourself in the area’s roots and legends with a walk along the Path of History.
The rapid expansion of the Monterey fishing industry in the early 1900’s gave birth to the fish canning trade and the street that would become Cannery Row. The first major cannery along the street was the Pacific Fish Company, born on February 14, 1908. After World War II, the unregulated over-fishing of sardines caused the species to virtually disappear from Monterey Bay, bringing economic disaster to the once thriving area. A few privately owned fishing companies still exist on Cannery Row, housed on piers just a short distance from today’s lively entertainment district. The picturesque surrounding area is an official marine sanctuary now, home to a healthy population of sea lions.
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission (Carmel Mission)
Venture back to the time when the Spanish conquistadors first settled in the Monterey area. The Carmel Mission was founded in 1771, and the Basilica Church, a registered National Historic Landmark, is the centerpiece of the Mission. The Munras Courtyard features the Munras Family Heritage Museum, which displays the treasured keepsakes of this once prominent Monterey family. Maria Antonia Field, Estéban Munras’ great granddaughter, is buried in the cemetery here.
Path of History (Monterey State Historic Park)
Travel back in time as you stroll down the Path of History located throughout historic downtown Monterey. This fascinating self-guided tour begins just steps from the Casa Munras Hotel & Spa, and will allow you the flexibility to explore at your own pace.
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