Carmel - The Greatest Place For Photos On California Highway 1
Whales And Ice Cream In Carmel
The City of Carmel sits on Carmel Bay at the Pacific Ocean, off both Highways 1 and 101. It is much nearer to Highway 1 in beautiful Monterey County in Central Coastal California.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium here was used as the fictitious Cetacean Institute, where the humpback whales George and Gracie lived in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. The aquarium gained notoriety during the filming and the first run of the film.
Today, the aquarium is even more popular. Programs and exhibits have expanded to accommodate an increasing tourist and local attendance. Back in 1986, many of us were tying to find the film's Cetacean Institute, before the days of the Internet and free cross-country phone calls. People were frustrated, but media publicity (and a WATTS line) finally caught up to them with the correct information.
Technology certainly changed within 25 years. Today, my basic cell phone plan includes free calls to all of the US and Canada; I can use the Internet and my cell to find out just about anything. Many Star Trek® and other sci-fi notions have become real - cell phones, iPads, Internet, videophones, transporter effect (photons at least in 1996) artificial skin, clear-steel (at least ours is translucent and getting clearer), etc.
Another celebrity that makes Carmel - or Carmel-by-the-Sea - famous is Clint Eastwood, who was elected mayor, also in 1986 and served two years. In news reports, I heard that at the first Carmel City Council Meeting under his administration, a vote was called on approving a specific flavor of ice cream to be placed for sale in the community. Supposedly, he refused to have the measure even discussed, feeling it a waste of council time. However, I found that a law was on the books that ice cream could not be sold or eaten on the public streets of Carmel and that this law was eliminated during his term.
Carmel is such an interesting and colorful place, with lots of history and scenic beauty!
Views Along Highway 1, San Simeon to Monterey
The City of Carmel sits on Carmel Bay at the Pacific Ocean, off both Highways 1 and 101.
Carmel on the Pacific Coast of California
Carmel is on the Monterey Peninsula, east of Pebble Beach, two miles SW of Seaside and Fort Ord Cal. Military Museum. Salinas is two miles further NE.
Carmel-by-the-Sea Began as an Artists' Community
- Carmel Art Festival
Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, California. A variety of musical festivals are also held yearly.
- CARMEL ART GALLERIES - Art Galleries in California
Carmel Art Galleries is the Premier website for viewing a wide variety of galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
- Center for Photographic Art - Fine Art Photography Exhibitions, Photography Workshops and Lectures.
Center for Photographic Art promotes excellence in photography through exhibitions, communication, and education. Histotic Sunset Cultural Center.
- The Nancy Dodds Gallery
Nancy Dodds Gallery in Carmel, California features contemporary artists including Beth Van Hoesen, Leslie Toms, Gail Packer, Anita Toney, Stephen McMillan, Stephen Mc Millan, Carolyn Lord, Randall Sexton, Teresa Onoda, Esther Baran, Bruce Botts, Eric
Mission San Carlos in 1913
Historic Spanish Mission from 1770
A third feature in Carmel that makes it unique is the Mission San Carlos. Historically important, it is also Number 22 on the list of Greatest Places to Stand in America, chosen by readers of StoodThere.com in 2009. The mission served the residents of Monterey in 1770, then of Carmel after 1771, especially local Native Americans, and offered (what would become the State of) California's first library. Visit the website at Carmel Mission.
Native Americans of the mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo belonged to a number of separate bands within the Costanoan Language Group that contains 8 Indigenous Languages living on the Monterey Peninsula. These Indigenous Peoples helped to build many Catholic Missions in this part of California. Their history is divided into section periods on the following website:
- Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe of Indians
We are a people who pride ourselves on what we have accomplished and look forward with excitement towards what is yet to come so please visit this site regularly to stay up on what we are doing and how you can become involved!
17-Mile Highway or 17 Mile Drive
Carmel is adjacent to Pebble Beach to the west, an upscale resort area that is famous among Californians and the world for golf and golf tournaments as well as shopping. However, perhaps the most spectacular feature of the community around Pebble Beach is the scenic route called 17-Mile Drive.
This is a scenic byway next to the Pacific Ocean, full of natural attractions of geography, native plants, and local native wildlife. Some of the examples of plants and wildlife are endangered, threatened, or vulnerable by category and the latter includes the specific species of the 250+-year-old Lone Cypress on 17-Mild Drive. This Monterey Cypress grows only two places in the world - both here in Monterey County, on 17 Mile Drive and at Point Lobos to the south.
Pebble Beach itself is famous for golf courses and golf tournaments. Our own Jack Nicklaus from Ohio loves the Pebble Beach course, although Pebble Beach operates four additional courses nearby in California. Each course is part of a resort locale, with accommodations, dining, and shopping.
Carmel has been chosen as a top Girlfriend's Getaway by southern Californians. See the website at www.carmelcalifornia.com. If you go to Downtown Carmel for any activity, you can enjoy the free trolley car around town and to Carmel Beach as well as the San Carlos Mission.
Monterey Peninsula Attractions
- California Rodeo Salinas
Largest rodeo in California.
- Historic California Posts: Fort Ord
Fort Ord operated as a permanent installation of Headquarters, Department of the Army, Forces Command. The primary mission of Fort Ord was to train troops. It provided command, administration, and logistical support and other functions necessary to o
- Mazda Raceway Laguna Sports Car Championships
- Monterey & Salinas Valley Railroad Museum
- Movies Made in Monterey County - By Location
- National Steinbeck Center - Salinas, California
Our mission is to tell the story of John Steinbeck's rich legacy and to present, create and explore stories of the human condition.
- The Steinbeck House
Enjoy lunch and a tour of the historic home and birthplace of John Steinbeck, renowned author of the Salinas Valley.
- Presidio of Monterey | The United States Army
The U.S. Army Garrison provides first-class infrastructure and services to support mission readiness and enhance the quality of life for the Monterey Military Community and their Families.
Jobs and Business in Carmel - Salinas Area
Travel and Tourism comprise a large business sector along Highways 1 and 101, especially on the Monterey Peninsula. Individuals and families come here to enjoy a variety of outdoor sports and scenic wanderings, shopping, golf, and an escape from more inclement climates in the US. Carmel and the surrounding communities offer several forested areas, parks, and scenic drives that draw visitors as well as those that relocate to California for work or retirement. Healthcare and the Trucking Industry are other important business concerns here.
Nearby Salinas, California has aggressively applied for and implemented projects with US Stimulus Funding under the Obama Administration, including housing expansions and four major projects for Internet Broadband improvements citywide.
The most high demand jobs for this area of Carmel and Salinas include:
- Physical Therapists and Assistants
- Occupational Therapists
- Public Health Officers
- OB/GYN RN Nurses
- Internal Medicine Physicians
- Family Practice Physicians
- ER RN Nurses
- Critical Care RN Nurses
- Clinical Psychologists
- Speech Language Pathologists
- Trucking - Company Drivers and Owner Operators
- Financial Advisors
- Retail Sales
Major Hiring Companies
- US Air Force - Healthcare and JAG positions
- CA State Personnel Board - Jobs in state facilities
- Soliant Health and Staffing
- US Army and US Navy
- Hyatt Hotels
- HCR Manorcare
- Monterey Peninsula Unified Schools - Teachers and other jobs
- Advanced Learners - Tutors
- Medical Connections
- JPMorgan Chase - Financial Products
- California State University at Monterey Bay - Various positions
- Monterey Bay Aquarium
Higher Education and Training Along the Coast Near Carmel
- Central Coast College - Career Training in Salinas CA
Train for Your Career Today. Central Coast College in Salinas CA Offers Healthcare Training and Business Programs.
- Hartnell College, founded back in 1920.
Hartnell College is one of the oldest educational institutions in California. In 1920, Salinas Junior College was founded. The school was renamed Hartnell College in 1948. The Hartnell Community College District was formed in 1949.
- Heald Career College for Real Jobs
Heald College is an accredited career college offering Associate Degrees and Diplomas in the areas of Healthcare, Business, Legal and Technology.
- Monterey Institute of International Studies
Salinas Colleges Serve Carmel-by-the-Sea
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© 2011 Patty Inglish
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