Description - Monterey State Historic Park served as California's capital under Spanish, Mexican and U.S. rule.
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One of the many historical buildings found at Monterey SHP
- Monterey State Historic Park served as California's capital under Spanish, Mexican and U.S. rule. The U.S. flag was first officially raised in California here on July 7, 1846, bringing 600,000 square miles, including California, into the Union. Ten buildings, including the Custom House, built in 1827, and California's first theater (1846-47), and several residences (now museums) built in the 1830s, preserve the area's rich history of early California. Many early adobes and other buildings have been restored, including the Cooper-Molera Adobe, Casa Soberanes, Larkin House and Robert Louis Stevenson House.
Recreation - The visitor center is in the Stanton Center on Custom House Plaza, adjacent to Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf.
Climate - Climate in the Central Coast varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.
The park is at 20 Custom House Plaza, in Monterey.