A Tour Bus With Drama

This ride through Monterey is so much different that other bland city tours.  

You might have heard it said a million times: Monterey is jaw droppingly beautiful. But don’t take their word for it. Believe Hollywood, which has filmed 200 movies with Monterey County as backdrop: winding roads through cypress tress, bluffs with an ocean backdrop, old fishing wharves, and adobe houses. Instead of bringing visitors to historic places and reciting arcane facts, Doug Lumsden decided to tell the stories of Monterey through the movies. The people who join Monterey Movie Tours really connect with the place, says Lumsden.

Bird Rock
Bird Rock, Photo: Allie_Caulfield via Flickr

Lumsden plays a clip on the bus’ TVs from Clash by Night. Cannery Row is the backdrop as Marilyn Monroe recites her dialogue for the camera. You’ll ride by the spot where the legendary film star made the scene while you’re seeing the 1952-made scene. It’s like a pop-up movie, People magazine, historical Hollywood, and Monterey Bay sightseeing all rolled in one.

Marilyn Monroe, 1952
Marilyn Monroe, 1952

The three-hour tour never loses momentum. You’ll jump from 1944 to 1986 with scenes from The Ghost & Mrs. Muir to Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, from Carmel-by-the-Sea to Monterey Bay Aquarium. Now are you convinced that Monterey is sort of glamorous?

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

 

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