THE BEST WAY TO MONTEREY, CALIF.
From LAX, American and United offer nonstop service to Monterey. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $248.
WHAT TO DO
MY (Monterey County Youth) Museum, 425 Washington St.; (831) 649-6444, http://www.mymuseum.org. Tickets are $7 for adults and children; kids 2 and under are free. Closed Wednesdays. Open noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Tuesdays and Thursdays-Saturdays.
Dennis the Menace Playground, 777 Pearl St. Free; open 10 a.m. to dusk.
WHERE TO STAY
Veteran's Memorial Park, (831) 646-3865, http://www.monterey.org. The campground has 40 campsites, 30 of which can accommodate trailers, available on a first-come, first-served basis for $27 a night. Maximum length of stay is three consecutive days.
WHERE TO EAT
For breakfast, Red's Donuts, 433 Alvarado St., (831) 372-9761, has about 25 varieties to choose from. LouLou's Griddle in the Middle, Municipal Wharf No. 2; (831) 372-0568, is a charming spot in the middle of Monterey's commercial fishing wharf.
For lunch or dinner, try Turtle Bay Taqueria, 431 Tyler St., (831) 333-1500, for Mexican, or Full Moon Mandarin Cuisine, 429 Alvarado St., (831) 333-1288, http://fullmoon-monterey.com, for Chinese. If you want a view, check out Domenico's on the Wharf, 50 Fisherman's Wharf No. 1; (831) 372-3655, http://www.domenicosmonterey.com.
TO LEARN MORE
Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau, http://www.seemonterey.com