Although the community has grown quickly through the years and its population quadruples with tourists on weekends and in summer, Carmel-by-the-Sea, commonly referred to as Carmel, retains its identity as a quaint village. Self-consciously charming, the town is populated by many celebrities, major and minor, and has its share of quirky ordinances. For instance, women wearing high heels do not have the right to pursue legal action if they trip and fall on the cobblestone streets, and drivers who hit a tree and leave the scene are charged with hit-and-run. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved.
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The 17-mile stretch between Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach winds through a forested area, along the oceanfront and past the famed Lone Cypress tree.
Hiking trails follow the shore or lead to quiet coves. Look for whales, seals and sea lions or observe the tiny creatures in the tide pools.
For more than a century, Carmel has been known for its local artists. Browse more than 80 galleries featuring photography, painting, sculpture and more.
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Since 1935, Carmel has hosted a July festival devoted to Johann Sebastian Bach’s work, with concerts throughout the town, plus lectures and classes.
There are a handful of must-see scenic drives in America. From dramatic mountain ranges to coastal cliffs, theses drives will make your jaw drop. unforgettable routes — our picks as the most iconic drives in the United States.
The beautifully restored Mission Carmel, founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1770, is the second of 21 missions established in California.
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