Monterey, California

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Named by the Spanish merchant and explorer Sebastian Vizcaíno in 1602, Monterey went from a Spanish military and administrative center to, in the mid-nineteenth century, a sleepy Mexican town. After the US took over, in 1846, it later became the site of the negotiating and writing of the state constitution, and soon became the first capital of California, before being superseded by Sacramento. The compact center still features some of the best vernacular buildings of California's Spanish and Mexican past, most sitting within a few blocks of the waterfront. A loosely organized Path of History …
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Monterey Bay Aquarium

This is one of the best designed aquariums going. A unique feature is the two-story tank, home to a kelp forest in which swim sunfish, sharks, and the occasional ...

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Old Fisherman's Grotto

Since the very beginning, the Shake family has dedicated itself to preparing and serving only the finest cuisine, offering fresh seafood from the Monterey Bay and from around the world. We deal directly with the fisherman, buying through our own fish market, Peninsula Fish and Oyster Bar. We believe you can actually taste why a half-century of family tradition and commitment to excellence have earned Old Fisherman?s Grotto a worldwide reputations for quality dining.Fine dining, full bar & banquet facilities* Steaks* Seafood* Pasta* Vegetarian Meals* Child Menu* Full Service Bar over 200 wines to Choose From* House Specialties* Poultry* Local Salads* Clam Chowder* Combination Plates* ?READER?S CHOICE AWARD?* Best Clam Chowder 2004-2009* One of the Top 10 Seafood Restaurants as listed in The Monterey County Herald?s ?Go! Magazine? Monterey HeraldAMENITYOcean View Dining