As the population of the U.S. shifted westward, those who set out for a new life in California envisioned places such as Pacific Grove. This town of 15,000 does not get as much attention as nearby Monterey or Carmel; most visitors pass through on the 17-mile drive and stop to take photos of the epic views at Lover’s Point. Nevertheless, Pacific Grove is one of my favorite stops along California’s central coast. No other town in the Golden State has such a high concentration of historic homes and businesses; aficionados of Victorian architecture will be in love. And the rugged scenery will make your jaw drop.

Bring a jacket, as this town is often nestled in a fog bank. Even today, at the height of summer, the temperatures were in the 60s (high teens in Celsius). And be sure to at least stop for a coffee in downtown, which is still brightly painted and festooned with gorgeous Victorian homes. The drive along Highway 68 may seem long and winded, but Pacific Grove is definitely worth your time during your travel through the Monterey Bay area.

Image credits: Leon Kaye

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Yes, the views at Pacific Grove are awesome

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Landscaping on every square inch, it seems

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Lover's Point can be happily rocky

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Storefronts at this old artist colony

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Pacific Grove offers a window on California's past

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Many homes bear the names of the original owners

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Adorable homes, dating back to the late 1890s

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Something is worth sniffing at Lover's Point

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Bright salmon walls at City Hall

About The Author

Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.