The coastal Calfornian community of Monterey has many activities for visitors to participate in, such as whale watching, checking out the Monterey Bay Aquarium and visiting the Monterey State Historic Park. Located less than 100 miles south of San Jose, Monterey is easy to access for tourists both in and out of state.
Monterey is famous for its whale watching. The season runs longest there, so whales are close by for most of the year. Whale watching is possible from the shoreline, but for an up-close look, take a cruise. Humpback and blue whales are commonly seen in the area.
Furthermore, Monterey also has an aquarium that includes many different sea animals. Although Monterey Bay Aquarium is popular among locals and tourists alike, it is large enough to ensure that waiting lines are not very long. Depending on the time of day, it is possible to witness feedings of animals such as octopuses, sharks and sea otters.
Monterey State Historic Park has laid out a walking path called the Path of History for visitors to enjoy. The park offers tours that showcase historic buildings, gardens and the site where the first Spanish explorers set foot in 1602. Some buildings require that a guide from the state park be present, so contact the park office directly to arrange these tours.