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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Alisal, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Alisal and the surrounding area.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Alisal:
    • 36.679126, -121.617722
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Alisal
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Curious and Interesting Names Near Alisal ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Castroville [Monterey County]
  • Cooper [Monterey County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cooper
    • Cooper [Monterey County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Alisal
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cooper have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cooper
  • Creekside [Monterey County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Creekside
    • Creekside [Monterey County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Alisal
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Creekside have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Creekside
  • Marina [Monterey County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marina
    • Marina [Monterey County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of Alisal
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,836 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marina
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Marina<2>
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    • Natividad [Monterey County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Natividad
      • Natividad [Monterey County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the north of Alisal
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Natividad have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Natividad
    • Prunedale [Monterey County]
    • Spreckels [Monterey County]
    • Spreckels Junction [Monterey County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spreckels Junction
      • Spreckels Junction [Monterey County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southwest of Alisal
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spreckels Junction have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spreckels Junction

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Alisal. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

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    • Ansel Adams     (Photographer)
      • Full name: Ansel Easton Adams
      • Photographer. He was born in San Francisco (CA) on February 20, 1902 (a Thursday) and died in Monterey (CA) on April 22, 1984 (a Sunday) at the age of 82. The body was cremated.
      • Monterey is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the west of Alisal.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ansel Adams<4>
    • Alexander Anderson, Jr.     (Cartoonist)
    • Ivy Anderson     (Singer, Actress)
    • Beverly Cleary     (Author)
      • Born: Beverly Atlee Bunn
      • Author. She was born in McMinnville (OR) on April 12, 1916 (a Wednesday) and died in Carmel-by-the-Sea (CA) on March 25, 2021 (a Thursday) at the age of 104. She is buried at Pike Cemetery (Yamhill County, Oregon).
      • Carmel-by-the-Sea is located 18 miles [29 km] to the southwest of Alisal.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Beverly Cleary<4>
    • Charles 'Chas' Crocker     (Railroad tycoon, industrialist)
    • Doris Day     (Actress, singer, animal activist)
      • Actress, singer, animal activist. She was born in Cincinnati (OH) on April 3, 1922 (a Monday) and died in Carmel Valley Village (CA) on May 13, 2019 (a Monday) at the age of 97. The body was cremated.
      • Carmel Valley Village is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest of Alisal.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Doris Day<4>
    • John Denver     (Singer, musician, songwriter, actor, environmentalist, humanitarian)
      • Born: Henry John Detschendorf, Jr.
      • Singer, musician, songwriter, actor, environmentalist, humanitarian. He was born in Roswell (NM) on December 31, 1943 (a Friday) and died in Pacific Grove (CA) on October 12, 1997 (a Sunday) at the age of 53. The body was cremated.
      • Pacific Grove is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the west of Alisal.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Denver<4>
    • Joan Fontaine     (Oscar winning actress)
      • Born: Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland
      • Oscar winning actress. She was born in Tokyo (Japan) on October 22, 1917 (a Monday) and died in Carmel-by-the-Sea (CA) on December 15, 2013 (a Sunday) at the age of 96. The body was cremated.
      • Carmel-by-the-Sea is located 18 miles [29 km] to the southwest of Alisal.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joan Fontaine<4>
    • Albert B. Haskell     (Actor)
    • John C. Hudson     (Actor)
    • Jenna McMahon     (Actress, writer, producer)
      • Born: Mary Virginia Skinner
      • Actress, writer, producer. She was born in Kansas City (MO) on May 14, 1933 (a Sunday) and died in Monterey (CA) on March 2, 2015 (a Monday) at the age of 81. We don't have any burial details.
      • Monterey is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the west of Alisal.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jenna McMahon<4>
    • Michael Nesmith     (Musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist)
      • Full name: Robert Michael Nesmith
      • Musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist. He was born in Houston (TX) on December 30, 1942 (a Wednesday) and died in Carmel Valley Village (CA) on December 10, 2021 (a Friday) at the age of 79. We don't have any burial details.
      • Carmel Valley Village is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest of Alisal.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Michael Nesmith<4>
    • John Steinbeck     (Pulitzer Prize winning author)
      • Pulitzer Prize winning author. He was born in Salinas (CA) on February 27, 1902 (a Thursday) and died on December 20, 1968 (a Friday) at the age of 66.
      • Salinas is located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the west of Alisal.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Steinbeck<4>

How Far From Alisal to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Alisal to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Alisal and extending to:

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    • Salinas, which is the Seat of Monterey County and lies just to the West Northwest.
    • Sacramento, which is the State Capital of California, lies 131 miles [210.8 km]<1> to the north (N). If you could drive a straight line from Alisal to Sacramento, with an average speed<5>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 2,413 miles [3,883.3 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 95 days and walking would take 138 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 7,471 miles [12,023.4 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 8,238 miles [13,257.8 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 6,278 miles [10,103.5 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of California

About Monterey County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Alisal. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Monterey County: www.co.monterey.ca.us/

The official website for State of California: https://www.ca.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Alisal) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alisal. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.6791, Longitude: -121.6177       In this case, the coordinates for Alisal have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<6>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Alisal to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 339.405 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 340.138 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 327.668 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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