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Carmel - Greatest Place for Photos on California Highway 1

Updated on January 3, 2020
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Ms. Inglish has spent 30 years working in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, and aerospace education for Active USAF Civil Air Patrol.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Jellyfish Exhibit
Monterey Bay Aquarium Jellyfish Exhibit | Source

Whales and Ice Cream on the Pacific and on Film

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 for a time 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.

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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, Mayor Eastwood 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

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Carmel, California:
Carmel, CA, USA

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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.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium:
886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940, USA

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Carmel-by-the-Sea Began as an Artists' Community

Local Art Installations You Do Not Want to Miss

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The altar of Mission San CarlosMission San Carlos in 1913.
The altar of Mission San Carlos
The altar of Mission San Carlos | Source
Mission San Carlos in 1913.
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, this mission church 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 eight indigenous languages living on the Monterey Peninsula. These indigenous groups helped to build many Catholic Missions in this part of California. Their history is divided into section periods on the following website:

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Same species of cypress at Pebble Beach.Same species of cypress elsewhere on the coast.
Same species of cypress at Pebble Beach.
Same species of cypress at Pebble Beach. | Source
Same species of cypress elsewhere on the coast.
Same species of cypress elsewhere on the coast. | Source

End Points of 17-Mile Highway or 17-Mile Drive

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Del Monte Forest, California:
Del Monte Forest, CA, USA

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Carmel, California:
Carmel, CA, USA

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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.

Golf Courses

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.

Shopping

Carmel has been chosen as a top Girlfriend's Getaway by southern Californians. See the website at Carmel California. If you go to the downtown district, for any activity, you can enjoy the free trolley car around town and to Carmel Beach as well as the San Carlos Mission.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium, seen in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.Inside the aquarium.Leafy sea dragonBlack sea nettle at the Monteray Bay aquarium.Jelly fish at the aquarium.
Monterey Bay Aquarium, seen in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Monterey Bay Aquarium, seen in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. | Source
Inside the aquarium.
Inside the aquarium. | Source
Leafy sea dragon
Leafy sea dragon | Source
Black sea nettle at the Monteray Bay aquarium.
Black sea nettle at the Monteray Bay aquarium. | Source
Jelly fish at the aquarium.
Jelly fish at the aquarium. | Source

Monterey Peninsula Sights

  • California Rodeo Salinas: This is the largest rodeo in California.
  • Historic California Military Posts: Fort Ord

    Fort Ord operated as a permanent installation of HQ Department of the Army, Forces Command. Its overarching mission was to train army troops. It provided command, administration, and logistical support and other functions.

  • (Mazda/Weathertech) Raceway Laguna Sports Car Championships: Actor Steve McQueen raced here in 1959 in a Lotus Lemans XI in the time trials on October 24th. An annual series of racing events are presented year round today at 1021 Monterey Salinas Hwy, Salinas, CA 93908.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940. Open every day to 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm.
  • Monterey & Salinas Valley Railroad Museum
  • National Steinbeck Center in Salinas: The installation's mission is to tell the story of John Steinbeck's literary legacy and to present 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 Serving Carmel

  • Central Coast College, 480 South Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901
  • Hartnell College:Hartnell College, 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901
  • Salinas Beauty College, 916 South Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901
  • Salinas Heald College, 1450 North Main Street, Salinas, CA 93906
  • Wayne's College of Beauty Inc, 1271 North Main Street, Salinas, CA 93906

Views on Highway 1, San Simeon to Monterey

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Patty Inglish MS

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    • Earth Angel profile image

      Earth Angel 

      9 years ago

      Small world LambServant!

      My husband and I honeymooned in Carmel in 1973!! And went back each year for a long time! Although we are now divorced, we are good friends, and still remember it fondly!

      I'm fortunate to be able to visit Carmel, Carmel Valley, Point Lobos, the Aquarium and Monterey about half a dozen times a year!

      It's still as lovely as it was in the 1970's! A few more shops with little trinkets than I would like, but the tourists love them! Still mostly great eateries and tons of stunning art galleries! Clint Eastwood still lives there and you can find him and his family from time to time walking around! Especially on the golf courses!

      Patty did a wonderful job of highlighting Carmel and the surrounding area! That's the one thing about Patty; her Hubs are sooooooo complete, each and every one, you'd think she lived where ever she is writing about!!

      The secret is out Patty, you have many clones of yourself living parallel lives in all these places! And I for one, a huge fan of yours, vote for thousands more just like you!

      Blessings always on this wonderful weekend!! Earth Angel!

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      Lori Colbo 

      9 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      My former husband and I honeymooned in Carmel back in 1974. It was a trip I will never forget. We went back every couple of years for a while. Our kids loved it. The beach was breathtaking. Loved Monterey's 17 mile drive and Pebble beach. Mostly, I loved the quaint little eaterys, businesses, and motels. We took the kids to Hogsbreath Inn, the restraunt owned by Clint Eastwood. Nice place. My kids were very disappointed that Clint did not make an appearance.

      It has been a few decades since I've been, but I hope one day to return. I am sure it has changed over the years. Thanks for a lovely hub about a lovely place.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I still remember the newscasts on TV about the ice cream. Too funny!

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      Carolee Samuda 

      9 years ago from Jamaica

      Patty, you don't know how much I enjoy reading your hubs. I find that they have a lot of historic facts and interesting info.

      I am such a huge fan of Clint Eastwood and am glad he had that stupid ice cream law abolished. I don't live in the US so I can't apply for any of those jobs. But I wouldn't mind having one just to work in Carmel.

    • Earth Angel profile image

      Earth Angel 

      9 years ago

      Ahhhhhhhhh, dearest Patty!

      I just love it when you are in our neck of the woods! And this is a perfect time of year to enjoy the great beauty the west coast has to offer!

      The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a national treasure for sure!

      Too funny about the ice cream cones ~ although fully understandable with Carmel's tiny steep uneven sidewalks and several million visitors a year!

      YOU are just the BEST!

      Blessings Always, Earth Angel!

      P.S. This weekend I will be Carmel Valley! And Point Lobos!

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      emdi 

      9 years ago

      u have a lot of hubs on jobs. U are the job expert of hubpages :-)

    • Phil Plasma profile image

      Phil Plasma 

      9 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Looks like a gorgeous place with an interesting history. If I'm ever in or near the area I'll definitely check it out, thanks for hubbing this.

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