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Carmel

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State Parks · Beaches · Spas
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Situated on the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel is known for its natural scenery and rich artistic history. In 1906, the San Francisco Call devoted a full page to the "artists, writers and poets at Carmel-by-the-Sea", and in 1910 it reported that 60 percent of Carmel's houses were built by citizens who were "devoting their lives to work connected to the aesthetic arts." Early City Councils were dominated by artists, and the city has had several mayors who were poets or actors, including Herbert Heron, founder of the Forest Theater, bohemian writer and actor Perry Newberry, and actor-director Clint Eastwood.The city is known for being dog-friendly, with numerous hotels, restaurants and retail establishments admitting guests with dogs. Carmel is also known for several unusual laws, including a prohibition on wearing high-heel shoes without a permit, enacted to prevent lawsuits arising from tripping accidents caused by irregular pavement.Carmel-by-the-Sea is located on the Pacific coast, about 330mi north of Los Angeles and 120mi south of San Francisco. Communities nearby Carmel-by-the-Sea include Carmel Valley and Carmel Highlands.As of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 3,722, down from 4,081 at the 2000 census.
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Point Lobos ©
State Park
Point Lobos
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Hiking Trail
Scenic Road Walkway
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Carmel River State Beach ©
Beach
Carmel River State Beach
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Del Mar Beach
Beach
Del Mar Beach
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Carmel

Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
17-Mile Drive ©
Scenic Drive
17-Mile Drive Monterey
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Monterey Bay Food Tours ©
Beer Tasting / Tour
Monterey Bay Food Tours Monterey
5.0
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching Monterey
4.5
Duration: 3h 30 min

Hidden gems in Carmel

China Cove and Gibson Beach
Beach
China Cove and Gibson Beach
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Carmelite Monastery ©
Religious Site
Carmelite Monastery
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Garrapata State Park ©
State Park
Garrapata State Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission ©
Mission
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Carmel

Sunset Cultural Center ©
Specialty Museum
Sunset Cultural Center
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery ©
Art Gallery
Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Photography West Gallery ©
Art Gallery
Photography West Gallery
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Gallery by the Sea Carmel ©
Art Gallery
Gallery by the Sea Carmel
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Carmel

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The Cheese Shop ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
The Cheese Shop
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Trio Carmel ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Trio Carmel
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Kurtz Culinary ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Kurtz Culinary
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
Carmel Plaza ©
Shopping Mall
Carmel Plaza
3.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Wineries in Carmel

Taste Morgan ©
Winery / Vineyard
Taste Morgan
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Scheid Vineyards ©
Winery / Vineyard
Scheid Vineyards
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Wrath Tasting Room- Carmel ©
Winery / Vineyard
Wrath Tasting Room- Carmel
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
De Tierra Vineyards Tasting Room ©
Winery / Vineyard
De Tierra Vineyards Tasting Room
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

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