Salinas Valley, California


The Salinas Valley has a rich heritage of agriculture, growing much of our nation's produce and a healthy local food supply of more than 150 crops, including lettuce, strawberries, artichokes, wine grapes and more. Stop by the Agricultural and Rural Life Museum in King City to learn about the history of Salinas Valley agriculture.

The riches of the Salinas Valley are showcased daily at local restaurants, farmers markets and at wine tasting rooms throughout the region. Indulge in bold wines paired with the bountiful landscapes of the Salinas Valley on a tasting tour along the Rive Road Wine Trail. 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. Get up close and personal with wild, exotic animals from around the world in a beautiful natural setting at the Monterey Zoo. Plus, you can spend the night at Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast for an unforgettable family adventure! 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.

If you love train travel, Salinas is home to Monterey County’s only Amtrak station. Plan ahead to attend one of the many Salinas festivals or events such as California Rodeo Salinas or the California International Airshow.

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