Blooming Aloe with with the boats of Monterey Bay in the background.Monterey was the first capital of California, and while it no longer has that distinction, Monterey is one of the top tourist destinations in the State. Monterey offers coastal beauty and charm, while maintaining a small town feeling unique from Californias larger Northern cities. Monterey offers the World Famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row, luxury hotels, fine dining, and even a smaller sister of the San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf. Many people make Monterey one of their top destination choices due to the great scenery and many tourist attractions. Monterey was voted as one of the countrys 12 distinctive destinations by The National Trust for Historic Preservation (2006). Check out what Monterey has to offer, in beauty and culture.