Monterey's Path of History
My virtual tour of the Path of History consists of 13 pages, covering all 62 sites of the path. Click here to get to page 1 or click any of the links below to get directly to the respective site.
Here is also an alphabetic listing of all sites.
Enjoy the walk and let me know how you liked it!
||The Path of History connects a number of historic buildings, monuments and other sites (my personal unofficial count is 62) and combines them to a highly enjoyable and educational 2-3 hour walk through historic Monterey.|
The Path and all its sites are clearely marked. Start at any place and follow the markers in six languages.
Check the Monterey County website for a larger map and a brief description.
Before you start
Get a map (available at most museums) and make a plan of what you want to see. You can get a quick look at all buildings in two to three hours or you can explore some of the sites more in-depth. You can not see everything in detail on one tour (it took me five three-hour tours to take all the pictures shown at this site.)
Guided tours to the major sites (taking about 50 minutes) are offered on Mo. 10.30, We. 11.30, Fr. and Sa. 10.30. Tours meet at the Pacific House, the best place to start walking the path.|
Some of the buildings offer tours. Due to recent budget cuts, the number of tours has been reduced drastically and most books and brochures do not yet reflect these changes. Check my Museums page for the latest updates on opening hours.
For self-guided tours, I strongly recommend the brochure "Historic Monterey Path of History Walking Tour." It is available for $2.95 at most museums.
Also, check my Monterey History page for more information.
Monterey State Historic Park
Eleven of the buildings along the path make up the Monterey State Historic Path. On this page, these buildings are marked "SHP." On the following pages, they are identified by the California State Parks seal.
Click here for my Monterey SHP page.
California Historic Landmarks
Fourteen of the sites along the path are designated California Historic Landmarks. On this page, these buildings are marked "LM." On the following pages, they are identified by the seal of the State of California.
Click here for my Monterey County Landmarks page.
All pictures of Monterey as it presents itself in 2005 are my own. I have also used a couple of historic pictures, published in the above mentioned brochure "Historic Monterey Path of History Walking Tour." These pictures are clearely credited to their original source.