Slices of natural beauty, art, culture and history greet visitors around every corner of Monterey.  There is an emphasis on public art, and you will see many paintings, sculptures and murals around the city.  Monterey provides a nurturing atmosphere for artists, musicians and writers.  Historic landmarks, buildings and walkways are reminders of bygone days.  Cannery Row, made famous by novelist John Steinbeck, is now a popular area where tourists shop for souvenirs and dine in seafood restaurants.  Local wineries produce exceptional vintages, and there are many wine tasting places and events.  Activities include golf, biking, hiking, sailing and whale watching.  Families will enjoy the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, which has over 500 species of marine life and is devoted to conservation of the world's oceans.