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Path of History

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Address: Monterey, CA
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Self-guided 2.7 mile walking tour around 46 historic buildings in downtown...
Self-guided 2.7 mile walking tour around 46 historic buildings in downtown Monterey.
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In So Many Lauangues

Follow this trail and you will find famous writers, an old theatre, places to go to the restroom, buy a bite to eat, and generally see the Monterey that others hurry by. It's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
Aprilfoolizzy
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Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Follow this trail and you will find famous writers, an old theatre, places to go to the restroom, buy a bite to eat, and generally see the Monterey that others hurry by. It's worth it!

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Monterey, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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2,118 reviews 2,118 reviews
1,295 attraction reviews
1,231 helpful votes 1,231 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
29 helpful votes 29 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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175 reviews 175 reviews
83 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
33 helpful votes 33 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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