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Visit Monterey, California

Monterey was first colonised by the Spanish in 1770 when it was founded as the military and administrative centre of a territory that extended east to the Rockies and north to the Canadian border. Although something of a backwater, it was the site of the Battle of Monterey on 7th July 1846 during the Mexican-American War. It was on this date that the U.S. flag was raised over the Monterey Custom House and California was claimed for the United States.

Fisherman's Wharf, MontereyThe compact town centre has some of the best vernacular buildings of California's Spanish and Mexican colonial past, most of which stand just a few blocks from the more modern waterfront. Today most visitors flock to the waterfront area where disused wharves and canneries have been converted into boutiques, restaurants and shopping malls.

Monterey Bay Aquarium has one of the world's most spectacular displays of marine wildlife, including a two-storey sea-otter exhibit and a fascinating underwater kelp forest. In addition, nearby 17 Mile Drive is a highlight of the California coast, offering beautiful coastal scenery, delightful beaches and some excellent golf courses.

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