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When you're ready to stop imagining and start adventuring, Expedia is here to help you organize your vacation in Monterey.

This area of Central Coast California has roughly 28,000 inhabitants.

Sacramento, the state capital, is roughly 140 miles to the north of Monterey, while Capitola is 25 miles to the north.

Start your adventures at the iconic Monterey Bay Aquarium and Fisherman's Wharf.

Dennis the Menace Park and the Monterey County Fairgrounds are great places to have some quality time with the children. The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds and the MY Museum Monterey County Youth Museum are also worth visiting if the little ones aren't too worn out.

There is a good chance you've spent a while sampling the various beers here, so why don't you head over to the Sante Adairius Rustic Ales and find out why it's so delicious? If you're lucky, there'll be a few drinks around the place as well!

Find a trackside seat and feel the vibrations as the engines take off at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the area's number-one destination for motorsports lovers.

You won't find too many things that can match the pleasure of a delicious wine. Sample what this region has to offer at the Bernardus Winery and the Galante Vineyards. Ready for the next one? The Talbotts Vineyards and the Cowgirl Winery should also be added to your itinerary.

For fresh air and relaxation, pack some lunch and head out to one of the scenic urban parks, such as Toro County Park and Ramsay Park. Gravity Garden and Don Dahvee Park are two more nice places to while away a lazy day and catch up on some reading.

Get up to date about Monterey by picking up some maps and chatting to the workers at Big Sur Station and Carmel Chamber of Commerce.

Contemplate the wild landscape while you listen to the reverberating sounds of tumbling water at McWay Falls.

Be sure to set aside a day to experience the scenic stretches of coastline, such as Carmel Beach and Seacliff State Beach. Manresa State Beach and Sunset State Beach are also popular.

Need to escape the stresses of city life? Head out on an adventure to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Point Lobos State Reserve. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and Fort Ord Dunes State Park are also appreciated by nature enthusiasts.

See the world from a new perspective with some time at one of the area's intriguing exhibition spaces. Savor the contemplative atmosphere as you check out the displays at the Presidio of Monterey Museum and the Jameson's Classic Motorcycle Museum. Also worth considering are the Pacific House Museum and the Steinbeck's Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum.

Those travelers with an interest in seafaring traditions should organize a trip to the Maritime Museum and the Stanton Center.

You don't have to be a genius to appreciate the scientific objects and innovations at the Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories.

The samples of speciments at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History will give you fascinating insight into exotic worlds.

Monterey is a frenzy of artistic activity, with gallery spaces all over the place. Start off your tour of this creative destination at the Monterey Museum of Art and the Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada. If these leave you feeling energized, wind up your day at the Grove Homescapes and the Strouse and Strouse Studio-Gallery.

The Pajaro Valley Historical Association and the Capitola Historical Museum will provide you with a better understanding of the forgotten past through a variety of intriguing exhibit and displays.

To discover more about the area's rich and colorful past, plan to visit its historic structures and monuments. Start your history lesson at the Naval Postgraduate School and Tor House. More tales from a bygone era await at the Cooper-Molera Adobe and San Carlos Cemetery.

Bixby Bridge will be of interest to those who appreciate civil engineering.

The area's spiritual side can be experienced at Carmel Mission Basilica and St Mary's by the Sea. If you want to check out more religious sites, head to Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo and New Camaldoli Hermitage.

Before you pack your suitcase and make your way home, ensure you check out some of the area's lesser-known attractions. Two interesting options are the Henry Miller Memorial Library and the Cherry Center for the Arts. If you can squeeze it in, also check out Partington Cove and the Big Sur Discovery Center.

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Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

1 Old Golf Course Rd, Monterey
of 5, from 4,658 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Monterey, this spa resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of Naval Postgraduate School and Dennis the Menace Park. Fisherman's Wharf and Maritime Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Mariposa Inn & Suites

Mariposa Inn & Suites

1386 Munras Avenue, Monterey
of 5, from 2,256 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Munras Avenue, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Del Monte Shopping Center, Fisherman's Wharf and Dennis the Menace Park. Monterey Bay Aquarium and Maritime Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Cannery Row Inn

Cannery Row Inn

200 Foam St Monterey, Monterey
of 5, from 306 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Lighthouse District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of San Carlos Beach - The Breakwater, Fisherman's Wharf and Monterey Bay Aquarium. Maritime Museum and Dennis the Menace Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

Two Portola Plaza, Monterey
of 5, from 3,255 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Monterey resort is located near the airport, just steps away from Monterey Convention Center and Maritime Museum. Fisherman's Wharf and Dennis the Menace Park are also within 15 minutes.

Bayside Inn

Bayside Inn

2055 Fremont St, Monterey
of 5, from 129 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in North Fremont Street, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Monterey County Fairgrounds and within 3 miles (5 km) of Fisherman's Wharf and Dennis the Menace Park. Maritime Museum is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

Traveler's Hotel

Traveler's Hotel

16 1/2 E Gabilin Street, Salinas
of 5, from 7 reviews
1.5 out of 5.0

Located in Oldtown Salinas, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of National Steinbeck Center and Aguila Cultural Center. Steinbeck House and First Mayor's House are also within 10 minutes.

Quality Inn Downtown

Quality Inn Downtown

1058 Munras Ave, Monterey
of 5, from 1,315 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Munras Avenue, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Don Dahvee Park and Dennis the Menace Park. Fisherman's Wharf and Maritime Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Carmel Resort and Wellness Center

Carmel Resort and Wellness Center

8 Ford Rd, Carmel Valley
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Carmel Valley, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Carmel Valley Community Park, Heller Estate Organic Vineyards and Talbotts Vineyards. Cowgirl Winery and Chock Rock Vineyard Tasting Room are also within 10 minutes.

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