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Historic Cannery Row: Explore John Steinbeck's Monterey on an audio walking tour provided by VoiceMap Monterey

Historic Cannery Row: Explore John Steinbeck's Monterey on an audio walking tour

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This self-guided, self-paced audio walking tour will explore Cannery Row in Monterey California and the surrounding area as well as a number of hotels and historic sites. There's a separate admission charge for entrance to Monterey Bay Aquarium. On this tour, you'll hear how the area served as the industrial heart of Monterey in the first half of the 1900s. Its seemingly inexhaustible number of Pacific sardine attracted fishermen, investors and inventors from around the world seeking their fortune. But, (spoiler alert!) overfishing would decimate the industry by the 1950s. You will also discover the connection between John Steinbeck and this area as you meet some of the colorful characters that were immortalized in his novel Cannery Row and its sequel Sweet Thursday. Finally, you'll discover the incredible story of how Cannery Row quite literally rose from the ashes to what is now a welcoming waterfront of world-class hotels, wine rooms, restaurants and shopping opportunities.
  • You'll start at
    The Sardine Factory
    701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
    The starting point is at the corner of Prescott Avenue and Wave Street. Before arrival, install the VoiceMap app and use the code provided on your ticket. This is a self-guided audio tour that you can start, pause, or restart any time and complete at your own pace.
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  • Pass by
    The Cannery Row Monument
    Monterey Canning Company
    Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
    InterContinental the Clement Monterey
    Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories
    Monterey Bay Aquarium
    Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership
    Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
  • You'll end at
    Steinbeck Plaza, Cannery Row, Monterey
    Prescott Ave, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
    The tour ends in front of the bust of Steinbeck. It is a short distance from the start location.
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Important Information
Departure Point
The Sardine Factory, 701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
1h 15m
Return Details
Steinbeck Plaza, Cannery Row, Monterey, Prescott Ave, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
  • Lifetime access to this tour in English
  • VoiceMap App for Android and iOS
  • Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
  • Tickets or entrance fees to any museums or other attractions en route
  • Smartphone and headphones
  • Transportation
  • Food and drink
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Ann Heinrich wrote a review Sep 2020
8 contributions1 helpful vote
This was my second tour from this team, and I'm super impressed by the deep knowledge of the area. It was so fun to do this walking tour with my husband (the perfect socially distant summer activity) and learn about the area we were visiting!
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Date of experience: September 2020
TexasSunrise wrote a review Sep 2020
Austin, Texas410 contributions66 helpful votes
Enjoyed the narrative. For the most part the directions were clear. In a few spots however, I got lost and the gps did not know where I was. Could’ve been user error. Length was just right.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Mike McGrath wrote a review Sep 2020
Sacramento, California19 contributions1 helpful vote
What a great idea. I'm a bit of a history buff and came away very impressed with this author's knowledge of the area. The tour was a fun and economical way to get to know a bit about the history of Cannery Row and it's influence on the works of John Steinbeck. I highly
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Date of experience: September 2020
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By: VoiceMap Monterey
Don’t recommend
By not charging people, all you need is to download the app and just pay for the audio. You do not need to pay thro
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Buyer know this!!
Please out in bold red letters when one is considering this tour "YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD A VOICEAPP AND THE TOUR THIS
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Great piece of history, with cool tech!
What a fantastic tour! When it asked me to download an app, I was skeptical. "Great, yet another app to bloat up my
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Don't Just Look, Learn.
Excellent narration. Just the right mix of history, architecture, and celebrities. Note that it's 4 miles from begi
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These fairy tale homes are like real life Disneyland creations!
I've done several other tours by these authors and this one is probably my favorite so far! Loved learning about th
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The views are an absolute WOW!
The views on this walking tour - WOW! This tour is not to be missed! We may have passed up some of these stunning v
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The perfect socially distant activity
Learned so much! Gorgeous views. Cannot recommend these tours more! They are the perfect socially distant activity
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You learn so much detailed history of Carmel that I'm SURE many visitors miss! What a rich history, interesting hom
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Fantastic, learned so much about Monterey! Great outdoor socially distant fun while on a visit to Monterey.
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Highly Recommend - The perfect socially distant activity
Perfect for a socially distant, outdoor activity! Excellent content! Would highly recommend this! Author is clearly
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See parts of Carmel many people miss!
This is a nice tour that shows a part of Carmel many people miss. Lots of history, interesting homes, beautiful vie
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Fun, easy, quick overview of DT Carmel
This was really fun. Very easy to navigate with great directions. Saw much more of carmel than I would have otherwi
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See the world famous Frank Lloyd Wright House, Tour House and the Butterfly House . . . just to name a few.
After we completed this author's wonderful Scenic Road Tour of Carmel we knew there had to be more. And sure enough
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Amazing views as you stroll along Carmel's Scenic Walkway.
Amazing to me that more visitors don't make it down to the Scenic Walkway in Carmel (tour buses always seem to have
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Bohemian Carmel? Who knew?
What a hidden gem. My wife and I were looking for something to do while visiting Carmel (unfortunately things aren'
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1h 15m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Languages Offered: English
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