Cannery Row is a fantastic waterfront thoroughfare, situated a mile down the coast from the Fisherman's Wharf. Having been featured in John Steinbeck's books Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday, this iconic street is named after old sardine canning factories. Affording splendid views across Monterey Bay, this erstwhile street has rapidly snowballed into an intriguing tourist destination in recent years. While those factories are no longer operational, their nondescript facades now house a range of shops, bars, and restaurants. This area is also a marine sanctuary, where California sea lions gracefully sun themselves. The Friends of the Sea Otter shop offers information on the marine history and heritage of the place, while the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a treasured landmark of the Cannery Row. An array of marine, biological centers, and fishing companies occupy the recesses of this historic district, which is also within close proximity to a string of delightful beaches.