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The United States Army Garrison Presidio of Monterey is an active military base located in one of the most scenic grounds imaginable; the hill overlooking Monterey Bay. The Presidio of Monterey features the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), which provides foreign language education and training to enhance the security of the Nation. DLIFLC is regarded as one of the finest schools for foreign language instruction in the country.

The present facilities at the Presidio of Monterey is also the site of what was once a Spanish fort, and thus, many of the structures have historic significance. Mission style architecture is prominent throughout the base. Check out the Presidio of Monterey Museum, which will take visitors through the military history of the presidio and the surrounding area. Visitors to the presidio can explore the Historic Park, which holds various military relics and historic landmarks.

Utrip Tips

Local History Expert Thom Diggins recommends checking out the following:
*The marker for Hippolyte Bouchard, the Argentine pirate who sacked Monterey in 1818.
*The statue of FR. Junipero Serra, donated by Mrs. Leland Stanford in 1891. (In apparent protest of the canonization of Serra in 2015, the statue was beheaded by vandals. In December, 2015 the statue remains defaced.)
*The panoramic view of the bay from the Sloat Monument, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the raising of the Stars and Stripes in Monterey and the taking of California in 1846.
*Walk to the intersection of Artillery and Pacific Streets. Nearby is a stone cross, surrounded by a metal fence, commemorating the landing of Serra and Gaspar Portola and the founding of the mission in Monterey, June 1770. Further down is a rock and plaque also celebrating that event. The site is also where Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino came ashore and named us Monterey.

There's also the Presidio of Monterey Museum, which is worth checking out.

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