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Escorted Rail Tours to Monterey

Be inspired by this artistic city

Overlooking the bay on the Monterey Peninsula, the beautiful city of Monterey was named in 1602 by Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaíno. Monterey soon grew in both size and importance, and became the Spanish military and administrative centre for their lands in America. After passing into Mexican possession, it became part of the USA along with the rest of California in 1846. From this time, Monterey was briefly the state capital, before being superseded by Sacramento.

Today, the compact centre still boasts a wealth of architecture from its Spanish and Mexican past. Most of these charming buildings are close to the scenic waterfront. During the 19th and 20th centuries Monterey attracted many artists and writers, inspired by the idyllic surroundings.

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Stevenson House

Amongst the most famous of these was Robert Louis Stevenson, who wrote here during an extended stay in 1879. His residence at that time is now known as Stevenson House, and it features displays of items and personal effects that belonged to the writer. The Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck also lived in the city and set some of his most famous works here - including 'Of Mice and Men', 'East of Eden' and of course, 'Cannery Row'.

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