City Orientation Walk, Carmel (Self Guided)

Carmel is a small picturesque town in the Monterrey region. Despite its size, it is one of the major tourist attractions in the state of California. To become acquainted with the city, you have to visit the spots that are popular among the locals, such as A.W. Shucks or Carmel Plaza. Take this tour to discover the best spots to enjoy daily life in Carmel.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » Carmel (See other walking tours in Carmel)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Author: JohnB
Carmel Plaza

1) Carmel Plaza (must see)

The Carmel Plaza is the only shopping mall and recreation centre in Carmel. Here you are offered a huge selection of local shops that will certainly grab your attention. The two-level building was designed in a courthouse design with an open green recreation spot in the middle.
Devendorf Park

2) Devendorf Park

The Devendorf Park is a cozy park located in the city's downtown, in the vicinity of the Carmel Plaza Shopping Centre. It is the place where you will see the locals relaxing after a hard day at work or jogging in the morning. The park is also a venue for public gatherings, summer concerts and other cultural events.
Sunset Center

3) Sunset Center

The Sunset Center is a modern cultural venue where all kinds of activities take place year-round. It works in close relationship with the local community, thus entirely fulfilling the city's cultural needs. You may also have the opportunity to listen to some great classical music that is played on a regular basis.
All Saints Episcopal Church

4) All Saints Episcopal Church

The All Saints Episcopal Church is among the first places of worship in Carmel that actively participated in the city's formation and offered its support to the local community. Its origins go back to the 1900's when a group of priests needed a more spacious place for worship for the growing population of Carmel. Today daily services are held here and everyone is welcome to come.
Golden Bough Playhouse

5) Golden Bough Playhouse (must see)

The Golden Bough Playhouse is a historic theatre in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The playhouse occupies the site of the former Carmel Arts and Crafts Clubhouse, Carmel's first cultural center and theatre, built in 1906-07 on Casanova Street, and the Arts & Crafts Hall, built in 1923-24 on an adjacent lot on Monte Verde Street. The early Carmel bohemians participated in events held at these facilities, including writers Mary Austin and George Sterling.

Both the clubhouse and the Arts & Crafts Hall were destroyed by fire in 1949. The current building, which now houses 2 theatres, was built in 1952 by Edward Kuster, owner and operator of both the Golden Bough Playhouse, as well as its predecessor, the Theatre of the Golden Bough, which was located on Ocean Ave. Since 1994, the facility has been owned and operated by Pacific Repertory Theatre, Monterey County's only year-round professional theatre company. A major renovation is planned for the aging facility, with a building project expected to start as early as summer of 2010.

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Harrison Memorial Library

6) Harrison Memorial Library

Harrison Memorial Library was born together with the city, and from that time it rapidly grew to become an important component in shaping the city's cultural and daily life. The library was established by Ella Reid Harrison, and named in memory of her late husband - Ralph Chandler Harrison .
Carmel Beach

7) Carmel Beach (must see)

The Carmel Beach is located just 5 minutes away from the city center and is an ideal place for a long walk or for some spectacular views. As the locals are very friendly in this part of California, be prepared to play some volleyball or some Frisbee with them.

Walking Tours in Carmel, California

Create Your Own Walk in Carmel

Create Your Own Walk in Carmel

Creating your own self-guided walk in Carmel is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Art Galleries in Carmel, Part 1

Art Galleries in Carmel, Part 1

With the artistic history of a century, Carmel has become a top destination for art lovers. Its more than 100 art galleries display the works of well-known American artists, as well as classical art from around the world. Most of Carmel's houses were built by artists and you might meet one just walking on the street. You will be both surprised and inspired while seeing art with the eyes of a...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 km
Art Galleries in Carmel, Part 2

Art Galleries in Carmel, Part 2

A temple of fine art, Carmel is well known for its numerous galleries, presenting exquisite artwork from around the world. A bohemian spot, Carmel was once the most popular refuge for artists of all kinds. It inspired masters like Robinson Jeffers, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack London and George Sterling to create immortal art. Take this tour to discover what has inspired many of the world's...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Carmel for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Carmel has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Carmel, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.