The differences between Monterey and Ticonderoga: Jewels of the West and East Coast

Monterey and Ticonderoga sit at opposite sides of the US. Monterey is a small city and nestles on the Pacific coast, blessed with a balmy climate and known for its diverse cultural scene and historic fishing industry. Ticonderoga is a charming small town in verdant upstate New York. Visitors to the West Coast normally focus on big cities like San Francisco and LA. Meanwhile, those doing road trips on the Northern East coast normally stick to highlights like New York and Atlantic. However, by visiting smaller character towns like Monterey and Ticonderoga you will be able to see unique sights, and experience a true flavour of local culture and hospitality.

Things to do in Monterey and Ticonderoga

Despite its relatively small size Monterey is packed with exciting things to do! Visit Cannery row, made famous by John Steinbeck’s book of the same name, now packed with shops, restaurants and bars. Check out the huge, entrancing aquarium. Take a trip out of town to go on a wine tour or visit the spectacular coastline. Ticonderoga, on the other hand, is famous for its historic fort, built by the French in the 1750’s. And of course, both towns are small, attractive and pedestrian friendly. So take the time just to stroll around, chat to the locals and savour the relaxed vibe.

shutterstock_284987372Why you will love visiting Monterey

Monterey is a city that I am passionate about and will always be in my heart. Take a few days to visit it and I am sure you will feel the same way. Why? Simply put, it showcases the best of Californian nature and culture. The downtown is packed with historic adobe buildings that will take you back in time to Cali’s Spanish and Mexican past. The famous jazz festival and other literary and cultural events represent the open-minded and bohemian West Coast culture. The spectacular aquarium and marine sanctuary provide a haven for the diverse wildlife and flora of the Pacific region.