Monterey County has a very rich history and is one of the original counties in California. Since its inception in 1850, the county’s reputation has been known for the magnificent coastline, wonderful recreational options and its world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is a magnet to tourists and locals alike. Like most of the Bay Area, much of Monterey County has Mediterranean-like climate which makes for fertile soil and ideal agricultural conditions. Agriculture is a $3.8 billion industry in the county and the cities of Salinas, King City and Greenfield are responsible for supplying the nation with 80 percent of its lettuce and artichokes alone.Tourists come to Monterey County not just for is beautiful scenery, but also for the many attractions it has to offer. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is responsible for attracting thousands of visitors each day. Big Sur and Carmel are very popular destinations. Pebble Beach, one of the most famous golf courses in the world, can be found here. Cities like Pacific Grove, Carmel and Seaside, have quaint shopping districts lined with unique shops and eateries. Many cities in the county have bike or multi-use paths running right through their downtown districts making transportation a bit easier for locals and tourist alike.