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Path of History

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Address: Monterey, CA
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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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Great way to see the old town and some

This walk was recommended by the Information Centre staff and at 1st glance was "well it will fit in an hour or so". How wrong were we? The yellow dotted path takes you around... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 October 2016
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Herts
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Herts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

This walk was recommended by the Information Centre staff and at 1st glance was "well it will fit in an hour or so". How wrong were we? The yellow dotted path takes you around historic sites and buildings - all with a story to tell. Includes free admission into the museums so was a welcome bonus. We loved it, and... More 

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Seattle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Kudos to the city of Monterey for conserving these beautiful old Hispanic style buildings! The tour is easy, the buildings are well marked and have good information about their historical importance. Stopped for tea and pastries at a wonderful French bakery - Parker-Lusseau.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Get up early, begin the tour. Stop by the Old Monterey Cafe for breakfast. Be sure to have the camera ready as some of the architecture is just beautiful. With the climate in Monterey, this is a comfortable and enjoyable tour to take at a leisurely pace.

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Sevenoaks
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

An excellent walk around Monetery to see some of the surviving buildings in the original Spanish and early American settlements. Lots of information too.

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Hollister, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

After being surprised that the former Maritime Museum is now devoted to a permanent exhibit on the works of Salvador Dali, we chose to explore the Path of History, walking across the plaza. I had lead students on it quite a few years back. I think the garden pary (thanks, Garden League) is beautiful but wish I had refreshed my... More 

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Tucson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

There is a big map on the wall of the hotel's buildings that lays out the route. Many historic buildings line the path. It takes a little time to make the route complete, probably a little line the "Freedom Trail" in Boston (but western style).

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Fresno
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Great way to learn about the history of the area. Start at Custom House building and the Pacific House Museum in Custom House Plaza by Fisherman's Wharf. Volunteer docents inside will explain the rise in importance of Monterey as a hub of trade on the West Coast. Be sure to explore the small garden areas behind the first brick house... More 

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Las Vegas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

We throughly enjoyed the path of history. Wonderful old buildings have been preserved and show the beginning of Monterey and its development in the early days.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

Tried the cellphone tour this time. Nice but even better if the locations are open. Sadly all were closed by 3pm that day we walked.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015 via mobile

This historic area is nice for a stroll if you're interested in history, or even if you're not all that interested in it. My friends and I enjoyed it and would recommend it, especially if you're not familiar with Monterrey.

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