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California Welcome Center

1A Station Place, Salinas, CA 93901

Discover beautiful Salinas, California, the gateway to the Monterey Bay in Steinbeck Country, where you'll find historic sites, unspoiled farmland, world-class wines, a quaint, historic downtown, and some of the friendliest people around. Author John Steinbeck was born here, so visit his boyhood home as well as the National Steinbeck Center while you're here. Salinas is famous as the Salad Bowl of the World for agriculture and our fresh, home-grown produce is available internationally. Salinas' hospitality blends yesterday's charm with today's modern conveniences. Visitors can explore the beauty of nearby Monterey Bay beaches, historic missions of San Juan Bautista, Soledad, Carmel, and San Antonio de Padus and wineries of South Monterey County, Carmel Valley and Pinnacles National Monument. Local attractions include beaches, Giant Redwoods of Big Sur and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a variety of history and art museums. The area plays host to numerous festivals, some celebrating agricultural heritage, such as the Artichoke Festival and Garlic Festival as well as a great many music festivals like the world famous Monterey Jazz Festival, Blues Festival, and Bach Festival. Hours: Open seven days a week from 9 am - 5 pm

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