Just inland from Monterey, you’ll come upon an agricultural jewel known as the Salinas Valley. In addition to serving as the backdrop for two of America’s great literary works by John Steinbeck, the Salinas Valley grows much of our nation’s produce like lettuce, cauliflower and broccoli.


Salinas Valley

Salinas Valley Attractions

While you are on a veggie kick, stop by the Agricultural and Rural Life Museum, and get a feel for how Salinas Valley farming families lived over a century ago. And as fun as that is, don’t skip Salinas Valley vineyards and wine tasting rooms, many of which offer sweeping views of both the valley and the hills beyond. (See our Salinas Valley itinerary for some ideas of how to spend your wine country vacation).

Campers, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will fall in love with Pinnacles National Park and Lake San Antonio where the celebrated Wildflower Triathlon is held each year. Last but not least, Two of California’s most historic establishments, the San Antonio de Padua Mission and the Soledad Mission, are located in the Salinas Valley. 

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