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If you're looking for a quiet place to relax and unwind, welcome to Monterey, California. With a population of only 28,000 residents, the city is celebrated for its rich history of artists who fell in love with this Pacific coast beauty.
Monterey is well known for the painters who have come for inspiration, including Arthur Frank Mathews, Armin Hansen, Xavier Martinez, Rowena Meeks Abdy and Percy Gray. Authors have also been inspired to write in Monterey – most notably Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, the author of classic American novels including The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden and Of Mice and Men. Monterey has celebrated Steinbeck's legacy with an avenue of flags depicting his characters and historical plaques. Monterey is also famous for its fisheries. Original cabins can still be found along the city's most famous street – Cannery Row – which also gets its name from a Steinbeck novel.
Aside from literary history, Monterey is also recognized for its abundance of marine life. Step onto the wharf and look for sea lions, otters, seals, bat rays, kelp forests, pelicans and dolphins. Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the largest in North America, which houses marine science laboratories. Another popular museum is MY Museum, also known as the Monterey County Youth Museum. This attraction, popular with small children, is located within walking distance of the Fisherman's Wharf, a tourist destination in its own right and located beside the Museum of Maritime History.
Monterey is a popular destination choice for scuba divers. Only a few miles offshore is Monterey Canyon, the largest and deepest underwater canyon off the Pacific coast of North America.
If you're looking to get active, consider a stop at the Lake El Estero. Hop in a paddle boat and see how many species of birds you can find.
Monterey offers a special escape for all visitors. As locals will tell you, it's always a good day to explore Monterey Bay.
WestJet is pleased to offer service to this destination through our code-share agreement with American Airlines, one of our great airline partners.
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