Salinas

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National Steinbeck Center featuring interior views

Discover the rich literary heritage of this agricultural city, the birthplace of Nobel Prize-winning author of The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck.

The industrious city of Salinas is primarily known for two things: its rich agricultural landscapes and for being the birthplace of one of America’s most widely read 20th-century writers. Taste the locally grown lettuce that gives Salinas its nickname, the “Salad Bowl of the World,” and learn about the life of the Salinas-born author, John Steinbeck, at literary-themed attractions.

To find out more about Steinbeck’s upbringing, head to the National Steinbeck Center on Main Street. Exhibits here focus on Steinbeck’s life and literature, much of which attempts to portray the lives of working-class Americans and the landscapes of rural California. Just a few blocks west sits the Queen Anne-style Steinbeck House, where the writer spent much of his childhood. Take a guided tour of the house in summer and enjoy dinner or drinks at the on-site restaurant. Venture 2 miles (3 kilometers) or so southeast of downtown Salinas to the Garden of Memories Memorial Park to see where Steinbeck is buried.

Wander around the quaint streets of Oldtown Salinas and soak up the charming atmosphere. Lots of restaurants, many of which serve locally grown produce, can be found here, as can boutiques, antique stores, ice-cream shops and a retro-style cinema. Examine the paintings, jewelry and ceramics on show at the Salinas Valley Art Gallery, which displays the works of local artists.

For information or help getting around town, enter the California Welcome Center in Salinas. Ask the staff for advice, and browse brochures and literature on nearby attractions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium or Pinnacles National Park. The nearby region offers abundant hiking opportunities, and also contains several wineries, such as Pessagno Winery.

Salinas is in Monterey County in northern California. Buses and coaches connect Salinas to other Californian cities. The nearest airport is Monterey Regional Airport. Salinas is just 20 minutes’ drive from the coast and 30 minutes or so from seaside Monterey, where memorable views and marine wildlife await, and the upscale, resort-like Carmel-by-the-Sea, known for its gable-roofed, 1920s-era Comstock cottages.

Laurel Inn Motel
Laurel Inn Motel
2 out of 5
801 West Laurel Dr., Salinas, CA
The price is AU$119 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Located in the heart of Salinas, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of California Rodeo Grounds, Boronda Adobe History Center and Salinas Sports Complex. Northridge ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,038 reviews)
"Clean"

Reviewed on 4 Jan. 2022

Laurel Inn Motel
Hampton Inn & Suites Salinas
Hampton Inn & Suites Salinas
2.5 out of 5
523 Work Street, Salinas, CA
The price is AU$185 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Situated in Salinas, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of National Steinbeck Center, Aguila Cultural Center and Steinbeck House. First Mayor's House and Salinas ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (937 reviews)
"The staff was very accommodating!!!"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2022

Hampton Inn & Suites Salinas
Courtyard by Marriott Salinas Monterey
Courtyard by Marriott Salinas Monterey
3 out of 5
17225 El Rancho Way, Salinas, CA
The price is AU$196 per night from 7 Feb. to 8 Feb.
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Boronda Adobe History Center, California Rodeo Grounds and Salinas Sports Complex. ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (580 reviews)
"Spacious room, fridge and microwave."

Reviewed on 8 Jan. 2022

Courtyard by Marriott Salinas Monterey
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Watch Sunsets of the Monterey Bay From a Hilltop Villa
Watch Sunsets of the Monterey Bay From a Hilltop Villa
77 Walker Valley Rd, Castroville, CA
The price is AU$234 per night from 9 Feb. to 10 Feb.
Situated in Salinas, this apartment building is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and within 9 miles (15 km) of Salinas River ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (6 reviews)
A beautiful hill top location!
"The view from this comfortable and clean house was amazing! We watch the sunsets, sunrises and clouds move over the water."

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2022

Watch Sunsets of the Monterey Bay From a Hilltop Villa
Rancho Vista Two Bedroom Suite
Rancho Vista Two Bedroom Suite
439 Corral De Tierra Rd, Salinas, CA
The price is AU$291 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
Located in the mountains, this family-friendly holiday home is within 12 mi (20 km) of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, North Fremont Street and Toro County ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (54 reviews)
Amazing Hilltop View
"The view was better than the pics. The owners upstairs were very friendly and responsive. The only issue we had was a door lock was installed backwards leading into the suite, but the owners were quick to fix. It’s a 30 minute drive to get into Salinas, but worth it!"

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2022

Rancho Vista Two Bedroom Suite
Resort style pool, private hot tub await you at this renovated, charming studio
Resort style pool, private hot tub await you at this renovated, charming studio
63 Seca Place, Salinas, CA
Situated in Salinas, this apartment building is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and within 6 miles (10 km) of Laguna Seca Golf Club Ranch ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Location, Location, Location
"This property was perfect for us. The location to wineries in the Carmel valley and to Monterey was key. After a full day of whale watching and visiting the many restaurants it was nice to come home to a hot jacuzzi. My daughter loved the pool and although it was cold outside. I would like to visit ..."

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2022

Resort style pool, private hot tub await you at this renovated, charming studio
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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