Cultural Tour in Monterey, Monterey

A cultural tour helps us discover the city or the country from inside. Knowing historical events will give us a better picture of what kind of a nation we are visiting, what are its goals, what it has been fighting for. This guide will help you see what Monterey was in the times past, and what it is today. From colonial Spanish life to being the first capital of California, and on to the 21st century, we take you through the various phases in the history of Monterey.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Cultural Tour in Monterey Map

Guide Name: Cultural Tour in Monterey
Guide Location: USA » Monterey (See other walking tours in Monterey)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Author: nicole
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Recycled Records

1) Recycled Records (must see)

Recycled Records is a wonderful place for those who still remember what a vinyl record is. Here you'll find rare versions of good old songs. They also offer the possibility to sell or just find out the value of your own vinyl record. For those who grew up in the CD era this place is a glimpse of the youth of their parents and grandparents.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm; Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Thomas Kinkade Gallery

2) Thomas Kinkade Gallery

This gallery was founded in 1994. Thomas Kinkade's works contain oils, lots of sketches, landscapes and studio work. One of the most amazing things about the museum is that the whole exhibit is organized like a large mansion. Entering it you will be surprised not only by the great art pieces hanged on the walls, but also by the personal, intimate approach offered to spectators of the artist's house, life, and vision.
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California's First Theatre

3) California's First Theatre

A truly magnificent story! This theater was built by Jack Swan. He was an English sailor who settled in Monterey in 1843. Swan used lumber from a shipwreck to construct this theater in 1845. In 1847 former Army officers convinced Swan to build a small stage. The theater had benches, whale-oil lamps to light up the interiors, special candles for footlights and curtains, that were made of red and blue blankets. Most of the plays were melodramas and a ticket cost $5. In 1906 this theater was bought and donated to the State of California.
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Osio Plaza Theatre

4) Osio Plaza Theatre

Osio Plaza Theatre is an independent company. It's the best spot for indie films and eclectic movies. Of course, Osio is never late with the latest releases, but twice a week rare and old movies find their way out to the screen. The theater is not very large, which is a good thing for those who love intimacy while watching.
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Golden State Theatre

5) Golden State Theatre (must see)

This wonderful construction was opened in 1926. It has a very rare organ with an unusual history. It was very hard to bring it to Monterey, but later is was sold to a collector. The present organ is an exact copy of the original, and it is considered to be one of the best organs in the USA. So many stars of the past performed here: Morte Mortensen, and, later, Pauline Hellam, "Bud" Buttle, Danny Danzigger, Harold Wright, and Edward C. Hopkins. It is a rare occasion to hear, see and touch the music and cultural history of California right here in Monterey.
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La Mirada

6) La Mirada (must see)

La Mirada museum of art is a Spanish style colonial house. The exhibits include handcrafts, clothes and household objects from the colonial era. Also the interior of the museum offers visitors an extraordinary example of colonial baroque. The building is colorful and the exhibits are of great interest to both locals and tourists.

Hours: Thursday-Monday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Walking Tours in Monterey, California

Create Your Own Walk in Monterey

Create Your Own Walk in Monterey

Creating your own self-guided walk in Monterey 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.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Once (between 1777 and 1849) the capital of California, in recent history Monterey gained fame mostly as the set of John Steinbeck's novels, particularly Cannery Row, a one-time center of the city's sardine-packing industry, which the author immortalized in his eponymous book. Today, the area is a popular thoroughfare filled with gift shops, seafood restaurants and bars occupying the converted factories. Another major local attraction is the Monterey Bay Aquarium, featuring thousands of marine creatures and plants in underwater and interactive exhibits. Follow this orientation walk to explore these and other top attractions of Monterey.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 km
Museum Walking Tour in Monterey

Museum Walking Tour in Monterey

Usually, when we visit a city, we all flock to its unusual features, buildings, super malls and discos, gift shops and so on. But few of us understand the true meaning of a museum. Art or history, biology or army - all these theme based museums tell us a lot more about the character of the inhabitants, about their hobbies, or, about that particular country's traditions, rules and delights. Meet the city you visit, from inside.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Religious Buildings Self-Guided Tour

Religious Buildings Self-Guided Tour

Religious buildings all around the world are unique in a way. Catholic, protestant and orthodox churches or Muslim mosques - each place of worship has an individual facade, construction type and interiors. A church can say a lot about the history of the country or the city you visit. Of course, the church visitors will be glad to tell you more about the location. This guide will lead you to the most interesting religious places in Monterey City.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Daily Life in Monterey Walking Tour

Daily Life in Monterey Walking Tour

Most of us seek extraordinary, wonderful and unusual places and things and traditions in the countries we visit. Of course, everything new is exciting and that satisfies our thirst for adventure. On the other hand, when we get tired of all the new things we have seen, there comes a time when you want to experience the real life, the daily life of the people who built and created the country. This guide will lead you to the common, usual, daily life places in Monterey.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Family Entertainment - Self-Guided Tour in Monterey

Family Entertainment - Self-Guided Tour in Monterey

The time spent with your loved ones - husband, wife, your children - is the most important and beautiful time spent ever. But it takes strength and intelligence to turn it into a real pleasure. In order to make your journey better, easier and more memorable we have created this guide for the city of Monterey. Have a great vacation with your family!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Monterey 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 Monterey 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 Monterey, 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.