Take In All That Salinas Valley Has To Offer

Cruise inland from Monterey and you will find “The Salad Bowl Capital of the World.” The Salinas Valley is one of the most productive growing regions in California and home to a large amount of our nation’s fresh produce including, lettuce, broccoli, and strawberries. While you are visiting Salinas Valley…


Wine Taste – There are over 25 wineries in the Salinas Valley and several of them have tasting rooms located along scenic River Road, which runs along Highway 101. Many of the wineries are open daily and welcome walk-ins.

Take The Scenic Route –Take a drive down River Road, starting in Salinas, to really appreciate the agricultural fields and all their beauty. Depending on the time of year, you may see iceberg, romaine, onions, cauliflower, strawberries, broccoli, cilantro and most definitely wine grapes. These back roads can get windy and busy at times so keep an eye out for tractors, buses, farm workers and farming supplies as you drive. 

Go HikingPinnacles National Park is known for its unique rock formations and caves. The park provides several trails for various levels of hiking experiences. Be sure to pack plenty of water as well as a flashlight for exploring the caves. Please hold onto your trash and water bottles to throw away or recycle when you get back to the parking lot. Keep in mind that the park is busiest between 10am and 2pm and parking is limited.

Use The Restroom Before You Head Out – Although there are restrooms in each of the tasting rooms, there are no rest areas with public restrooms as you work your way down River Road.


Pick The Produce – While driving along the agricultural fields, feel free to pull over and snap a selfie but please do not pick any of the produce or walk into any of the fields. It is against food safety regulations to have anyone in the agricultural fields without wearing the proper attire and taking the appropriate food safety measures. Stay along the side of the road and be careful of other vehicles when reentering the road. 

Drink and Drive  – Please enjoy the tasting rooms the Salinas Valley has to offer but make sure to have a sober driver. Uber, taxis and several chauffeur services are available in the area to ensure you have a safe visit. Plan ahead and be safe. Arrange a private tour with Behind the Scenes Wine Tours for a unique insiders view of the Santa Lucia Highlands or hire a chauffeured limousine through Main Event Transportation for the quintessential luxury experience.

Bring The Dog – Although leashed dogs are allowed in most of the tasting rooms in the Salinas Valley, they are not welcome in all. Dogs are also prohibited at Pinnacles National Park and anywhere near the agricultural fields. 

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