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Family Weekend Getaway in Monterey and Carmel
While the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium is perhaps the most well-known attraction for Monterey, this gorgeous coastal town warrants a visit for plenty of other reasons. Its array of activities is almost as boundless as its beauty — in a weekend, you can explore its quaint downtown and bustling Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf, walk or bike along miles of beautiful seaside trails, and dig into just-caught seafood at top-notch restaurants.
Just four miles away is Carmel-by-the-Sea, an upscale enclave that beckons with blocks of charming shops and restaurants, plus plenty of nearby options for beaches and hikes. Plus, this is prime whale-watching territory, with year-round opportunities to see the majestic creatures. In short, these side-by-side towns make for an ideal family getaway, whether you're after education, adventure, or R & R. No matter what's on the itinerary, though, be sure to bring the camera, as there's a photo op around every corner. – By Blane Bachelor
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