In Spanish the word “soledad” means solitude. And back when the area was populated by cows and Spanish friars it was an accurate description. But today, Soledad is a vibrant community that can surprise the uninitiated. Options galore await the oenophile at Soledad wine tasting rooms. Learn about California's history with a Soledad family mission trip. The nearby Pinnacles National Park and the Arroyo Seco campground in the Los Padres National Forest offer exciting outdoor recreation opportunities.
For the family that is interested in history, Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad (the Soledad Mission) is a perfect stop on a family mission trip. Soledad is also within easy reach of the well-preserved Mission San Antonio de Padua in southern Monterey County.
Soledad is the closest town to the breathtaking Pinnacles National Park and a perfect jumping-off point for a Pinnacles National Park vacation. If you're planning on hiking or birding at Pinnacles National Park, you can camp at Pinnacles Campground, or stay at one of Soledad's conveniently located hotels.
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