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Path of History

Monterey, CA
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Ranked #24 of 56 attractions in Monterey
Type: Tours, Historic Walking Areas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Trails
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Self-guided 2.7 mile walking tour around 46 historic buildings in downtown Monterey.
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San Diego, California
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94 reviews 94 reviews
34 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We have been to Monterey many times and always just hung out on Cannery Row and the wharf. This trip we stayed at Portola Hotel, ate all our meals in town and toured the city. This is a great walking tour where you can spend as much or as little time at each place as you like. Some of the... More

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Sacramento, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This patch of history walk will take one to the history of California. One does not have to look at a map, just follow the "round yellow sign" that reads path of history on the sidewalk and you'll be enlightened about what happened in CA in the early 1700's * 1800's, at the same time you'll get good exercise too!... More

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Monterey, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

As California's first capitol, Monterey provides a stunning experience for history buffs. One of the best experiences in this town (available only during summer months) involves a docent-led trek along the Path of History.

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Monterey, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

Following the path of history can take several hours and get you lost more than once as you navigate the funny streets of Monterey. The buildings are nice, but you get no real information. Take a walking tour, several are available in historic Monterey. You will learn a lot more.

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Long Beach, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

This is a nice stoll through historic Monterey. Trai Is well marked but don't forget to bring your iPod along with the downloaded tour guide. Most of the historic buildings are currently used as private businesses so not much to see in terms of period sights.

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Banff National Park, Canada
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99 reviews 99 reviews
42 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

We had a morning before we caught our plane so followed the path to 3 sites: The Presido Chapel, the Cooper- Molera house and the Colton House which tells the history in sequence from the Spanish rule to Mexican and finally at the Colton House is where California becomes a state. Volunteers are so willing to answer any questions. Very... More

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Yosemite National Park, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

Well laid out and taking you along some of the more quiet side streets of this lovely town, the Path of History is not only for history buffs. If you want to get the real feel for old Monterey, then this walking tour can be just the thing for you. Along the way you can stop and shop or rest... More

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Monterey, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

I am a huge fan of Monterey history and encourage visitors to avail themselves of the unique opportunity to enjoy CA's most historic city. Sadly, most of the historic adobes and other buildings are rarely open to the public due to budget cutbacks. Colton Hall is regularly open and a must see. The walk itself does not take that long,... More

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Auburn, CA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

I did this a couple years ago and enjoyed the walk about Monterey town and looking/visiting the buildings from the California Mexican Era. It's a level walk. There are guides of the sights available. It's FREE!

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Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, USA
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93 reviews 93 reviews
39 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

Good way to learn about CA history and the States earliest urban center/Capital. Some Buildings as old as those on the eastern seaboard.

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