Introduction to Pacific Grove, California
Pacific Grove, California, in Monterey county, is 15 miles W of Salinas, California and 49 miles S of San Jose, California. The city is considered part of the Salinas metropolitan area. Pacific Grove has a population of 15,522.
Pacific Grove History
The Rumsens, one of eight divisions of the Ohlone Native Americans, were one of the original occupants of the area that is now referred to as Pacific Grove. The biologically rich peninsula proved to be excellent hunting and fishing grounds for them. In the year 1875, a summer Methodist camp was set up in this area, and gradually hordes of people began to arrive here to rest and meditate. Robert Louis Stevenson arrived at the camp in November of 1879 and described it as a 'dreamlike' place. By the 1890s, Pacific Grove had become a haven for artists. Pulitzer winner John Steinbeck lived here for a number of years. The city is also famous as the death place of John Denver.
Pacific Grove and nearby Attractions
- Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
- Pacific Grove Public Library
- Pacific Grove City Hall
- Pacific Grove Art Center
- Crespi Pond
- Asilomar State Beach
Things To Do In Pacific Grove
To get a real feel of the charming city of Pacific Grove, one can visit the Point Pinos Light Station, the Steinbeck Museum or the Heritage Social Museum. Pacific Grove also has a stunning lake called the Crespi Pond. There are numerous amusement parks all around the city where one can enjoy the fun rides with family and friends. Art enthusiasts can browse through the city's Art Center. The shopping centers also provide excellent avenues for shoppers to explore.
Pacific Grove Transportation
Air transportation is available from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.
Pacific Grove Higher Education
The city is served by the Monterey Peninsula College.