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4/5Very Good!(31 area reviews)
The pristine beaches and popular aquarium are top of the list for many visitors to Downtown Monterey. A stop by Monterey Bay or Fisherman's Wharf might round out your trip.
Downtown San Jose
3.5/5Good!(5 area reviews)
Known for its fascinating museums and great live music, there's plenty to explore in Downtown San Jose. You can visit top attractions like SAP Center at San Jose and San Jose Museum of Art, and jump on the metro at San Fernando Station or Convention Center Station to see more of the city.
4/5Very Good!(15 area reviews)
If you're spending some time in Downtown, Pismo Beach Pier and Pismo State Beach are top sights worth seeing.
Westside Santa Cruz
4/5Very Good!(31 area reviews)
Travellers to Westside Santa Cruz praise its stunning beaches. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to stop by Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Monterey Bay.
4.5/5Wonderful!(31 area reviews)
Old Monterey is a destination visitors seek out for its pristine beaches, ample dining options and popular aquarium. You might also want to check out attractions like Golden State Theatre or Monterey County Youth Museum while you're exploring the neighbourhood.
Visiting Central California
Nature enthusiasts will enjoy exploring Central California, and visitors give high marks for the beaches, must-see aquarium and top-notch restaurants. This city also attracts tourists with its sporting events, cafes and mountain views. Top sights in the city include General Sherman Tree, Save Mart Center and Fresno Art Museum.
- There are 5750 hotels and other accommodation options in Central California
- The closest major airport is in Visalia, CA (VIS-Visalia Municipal), 18.7 mi (30.1 km) from the city centre
- The next closest is in Fresno, CA (FAT-Fresno Yosemite Intl.), 45.1 mi (72.5 km) away
Sightseeing and Staying in Central California
Cultural venues in the city include Save Mart Center, Fresno Art Museum and Kern County Museum. Attractions like Dennis the Menace Park, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk are fun for kids of all ages. The city is notable for landmarks like General Sherman Tree, Mission San Miguel and Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.
In San Jose, there are 5750 accommodation choices and hotels so you can easily plan your holiday getaway at an affordable rate. These are highly ranked ones based on Expedia user reviews:
- The Inn at Croad Vineyards - With a stay at this 3.5-star bed & breakfast, guests can enjoy access to a winery and free breakfast, along with free WiFi. It's a favourite with Expedia travellers for its location and clean, comfortable rooms.
- J Patrick House Bed and Breakfast Inn - Our customers like the breakfast and clean, comfortable rooms at this B&B. This 3.5-star bed & breakfast features free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking.
- The Casitas of Arroyo Grande - This 4-star bed & breakfast features an outdoor pool, free WiFi and free parking. Expedia customers like its breakfast and pool.
Other favourite sights in Central California include Forestiere Underground Gardens, Mariposa Grove and Mammoth Mountain.
Getting around Central California
With so many ways to get around, exploring Central California is easy. You can take advantage of metro transport at San Martin Caltrain Station, Morgan Hill Station and Santa Teresa Station. If you'd like to explore more of the area, hop aboard a train from Hanford Station, Corcoran Station or Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park Station.
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