Salinas, CA, USA

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Salinas, CA, USA

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Fall in love with Salinas

Salinas might be best known as the hometown of Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck, who based several of his novels here, including East of Eden. As a result, some of the city’s biggest draws are the National Steinbeck Center, Steinbeck House, and John Steinbeck Library. But this colorful city, just 20 minutes from the Monterey Bay on California’s Central Coast, has plenty more besides to offer its visitors. A stay at a Salinas vacation rental is perfect for making the most of great locally sourced foods and wines, and offers wonderful possibilities for exploring the Californian countryside and the wild beauty of the Pacific coast.

Explore the Salinas Valley

If you’re staying at your Salinas vacation rental in summer, don’t miss the opportunity to get tickets to the California Rodeo which comes to Salinas each July. Dating back to 1911, the California Rodeo Salinas is a fun way to enjoy California’s cowboy culture. The Salinas Valley is also home to some world-class wineries. Drive the River Road Wine Trail to tour tasting rooms throughout this picturesque region. The drive will give you an opportunity to see some of the original California Missions that still stand in the valley. Salinas also attracts motor sports fans, who visit for the racing at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca just out of town.

Discover Salinas history

Oldtown Salinas, the historic downtown area, has Victorian architecture, public art, boutique shops, and restaurants galore. It’s here you’ll find the National Steinbeck Center and Steinbeck House. The region’s earlier history can be explored at the Boronda Adobe History Center, a restored adobe dwelling dating back to 1844. It sits on land identified in one of the original Mexican land grants, and houses a museum of early Salinas and California history. If you’re staying at your Salinas vacation rental with kids in tow, then head to Monterey Zoo for a fun family day out. At this ranch just outside Salinas, you can see lions, elephants, tigers, and more.

Salinas festivals and events

The marine climate around these parts is ideal for agriculture, and the Salinas Valley is well known for its flowers, vineyards, and vegetable growers. In spring, the National Steinbeck Festival, organized by the National Steinbeck Center, attracts many visitors to Salinas and the other local sites that feature in the author’s work, such as Cannery Row in nearby Monterey. Every fall, Salinas hosts the California International Airshow, a fun, family-friendly celebration of flight. A Salinas vacation rental can also be a good choice if you are visiting for the Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

Explore the Central California Coast from Salinas

The salt marshes that gave the town its name can be enjoyed at the Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge on the coast, around 20 minutes from Salinas vacation rentals. Its flower-strewn wetlands, coastal dunes, and salt marshes are a scenic spot for birdwatching. A trail leads to the beach, where you can enjoy Monterey Bay’s vast golden sweep of sand. Or, take an incredible hour’s drive south along the scenic coast road to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and its stunning ocean vistas, dramatic golden coves, giant redwood forests, hot springs, and thundering waterfalls.