Carmel - 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 trying 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.
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!
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.
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:
17-Mile Highway or 17 Mile Drive
Scenic 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
- 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.
Historic Salinas Colleges Serve Carmel-by-the-Sea
Views Along Highway 1, San Simeon to Monterey
Big Sur Coastline
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