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Monterey


California

Pacific Grove

Pacifice Grove located at the northernmost tip of Monterey Peninsula, is a charming town of Victorian homes and old-fashioned charm. "America's last home town" has maintained a certain old-fashioned charm that appeals to those seeking respite from the busy world. Gracious old Victorian homes recall another time. Locals still take time to chat in their favorite cafes. And each year, the monarch butterflies return to "Butterfly Town, USA" in a glorious display of autumnal splendor.

The Point Piños Lighthouse is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast. Open to the public Thursday through Sunday from 1-4 pm, its steady light continues to guide sailors safely through the bay.
Victorian-era homes are part of the charm of Pacific Grove. Built as retreats for Methodists in the 1880s, they vary from grand to homey. Look for the plaques designating historic houses they list the name of the original owner and date of construction.

The Museum of Natural History is one of the finest of its size in the country. A life-size sculpture of a gray whale outside the museum invariably beckons to children to come and take a ride. Inside, exhibits tell the story of native plants, wildlife and the region's original inhabitants.

Butterfly Town, USA
From October to February, between 40,000 and 60,000 Monarch butterflies visit Pacific Grove on their annual migration to Canada. Each year's flock is called "rabble" and they are the great-great grandchildren of the previous year's migrating flock. There is a Butterfly Parade each year to celebrate the brilliantly dressed visitors, and interfering with or molesting the butterflies can cost the offender $1000!

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