John Steinbeck made this waterfront area famous as it was the setting for a number of his books. You can’t come to Monterey without visiting this area. Sardine canning factories were once located here. Shop, eat, window shop, people watch. The Monterey Aquarium is located at the very North end of Cannery Row.
Driving thru Cannery Row by car just doesn’t do it. Get out and walk and visit some of the great restaurants and stores. Shop and eat your way down the street. On the beach side there is a plaza where you can stand or sit and often listen to live music.