In 1602, explorer and Spanish merchant Vizcaino gave Monterey its name. However, it was not until 1770 that the region was colonized. Originally, the city was founded as administrative and military territory that reached from the east of the Rockies all the way north to Canada. The era of the Gold Rush and the United States takeover left the city of Monterey all but forgotten. Now, standing in the center of town are some of the most impressive colonial buildings that you will ever see. EasyToBook.com features many fantastic deals on hotels and other services and amenities in the Monterey area.If you consider yourself a history buff, you will love the time you spend in Monterey. The Larkin House, home of Thomas Larkin, who played a key role in influencing the residents of California to turn away from Mexico. The Stevenson House is an interesting place to visit and is full of items from the history of author Robert Louis Stevenson. There are many other sites and attractions for you to enjoy during your stay in Monterey such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row. Be sure to allow enough time in your trip to see all of the fascinating and mind-stimulating history that awaits you in Monterey.