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Path of History

Address: Monterey, CA
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Ranked #18 of 44 Attractions in Monterey
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Trails, Tours, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Self-guided 2.7 mile walking tour around 46 historic buildings in downtown Monterey.
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Trails, Tours, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Self-guided 2.7 mile walking tour around 46 historic buildings in downtown Monterey.
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Monterey, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Monterey's early history was critical to California's early days. What is hidden in Monterey is largely unknown to the general public. You WILL find gems that you do not expect, I absolutely promise you. Take the tours that visit the old adobe homes (wonderful!) and the restored buildings. Go ahead and pay for the whole set that the park offers.... More 

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76 reviews 76 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We picked up the map at the tourist information centre. No written guides appeared to be available. There are signs at each place along the route giving basic information. Easy to follow except near the old library where it is not clear if one is welcome in military ground!! Overall shows Monterey at it's best.

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Los Angeles, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The historic Monterey Plaza features the old custom house and several of the original buildings from the early California days when Monterey was the state capitol. It is just across the street from the old Fisherman's wharf and worth a walk through.

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Fremont, California
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1,759 reviews 1,759 reviews
1,098 attraction reviews
1,034 helpful votes 1,034 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Our favorite time to explore Paths of History is during the Chrismas at the Adobes festival. It is held each year on a December week-end prior to Christmas. Its fun to wander in the dark to candle lit adobe homes many with holiday entertainment and holiday cookies. We have done this event once in the rain - and it was... More 

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Pacific Grove, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you like history, this path is for you. You just follow the yellow dots on the sidewalk and you are led from one cool historical site to the next, from Colton Hall, where the California Constitution was signed, to California's First Theater. It is interesting and a lovely walk through downtown Monterey. Most areas are wheelchair friendly, although some... More 

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San Diego, California
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135 reviews 135 reviews
56 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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
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12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
32 helpful votes 32 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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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