Monterey County attractions

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The Monterey Aquarium is one of Monterey County's most visited attractions.

Monterey County is a county on the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California, its northwestern section forming the southern half of Monterey Bay. As of 2000, the population was 401,762. The coastline includes Big Sur, State Route 1, and the 17 Mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsula. The city of Monterey was the capital of California under Spanish and Mexican rule. The economy is primarily based upon tourism in the coastal regions, and agriculture in the Salinas Valley. Monterey County was home to writer and Nobel prize laureate John Steinbeck, writer Robert Louis Stevenson, and California poet Robinson Jeffers.

Monterey County attractions 
Sunset over the Forest Theater in Carmel-by-the-Sea
Soledad Mission
Fisherman's Wharf and the Monterey Marina
Cannery Row Monterey
The Lone Cypress, a symbol of Pebble Beach, as seen from 17-Mile Drive
Museums
Cultural facilities
  • Golden State Theatre – 1200-seat auditorium presenting world class performers year-round.
  • Sunset Center - 700+ seat auditorium featuring professional trouping companies and productions, world-renowned artists and host to the Carmel Bach Festival and the Monterey County Symphony and the Monterey Symphony.
  • Golden Bough Playhouse – home of Pacific Repertory Theatre, the only professional theatre company in Monterey County. A two-theatre facility housing the 300-seat Golden Bough Theatre and the 120-seat Circle Theatre. 10–12 major productions annually.
  • Forest Theater - one of the oldest outdoor public theatres west of the rockies. City-owned facility with two resident companies: Pacific Repertory Theatre and Forest Theater Guild.
Historic sites
Literary sites
  • Tourist centers, including
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea - thriving artist's colony, restaurants, shops, theatres, galleries.
  • Fisherman's Wharf - restaurants, shops, marine activities
  • Cannery Row - restaurants, shops, marine activities
Scenic drives
  • 17-mile scenic drive - scenic route takes drivers through the Pebble Beach Resort with restaurants, shops and boutiques.
  • Highway 1 and Big Sur - scenic route takes drivers through a number of small towns and parks, including Big Sur.
Golf areas
  • Pebble Beach – a small coastal resort destination, home to the golf course Pebble Beach Golf Links and host to the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (formerly known as the Crosby Clambake), which is held there every February. Also the site of the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance auto show, which has been held in Pebble Beach since 1950.
  • Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses
  • Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Links, the back nine of which was designed by Jack Neville, who also designed Pebble Beach
Other
Popular hiking and outdoor activity locations

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