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A Tourist Guide to Salinas in California

A Tourist Guide to Salinas in California

There is so much to do in Salinas, you’ll be spoilt for choice. As well as the year-round attractions there are many events and festivals that take place throughout the year. Tourists come year after year for the beautiful beaches nearby, stunning wineries, and historical monuments. And of course, after all that exploring you’ll need a place to rest your head, so make sure you book your hotel, ca in advance to get the best deal.

We’ve put together some of the must-visit attractions on your next visit to Salinas.

Visit the National Steinbeck Center

This is an absolute must-do attraction when visiting Salinas. Located in the old town, it’s a great start to get to know the beautiful Steinbeck Country. This museum is dedicated to the writer John Steinbeck and explores his stories and tales about the working-class inhabitants of Salinas.

Salinas City Centre (Old town)

You must also explore the old town of Salinas (the city center) as it’s full of historical buildings as well as a mix of modern. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and bars to explore too.

Visit the Steinbeck House

Get to know John Steinbeck even better by visiting his childhood home. The house itself takes you back to the past, as it was built in 1897. The house is so famous that even Oprah Winfrey visited with her book club and filmed her show on the front lawn. It is now noted as a literary landmark.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

It’s fun for the whole family at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Located on the seafront, you’ll see everything from sea otters, penguins, starfish to jellyfish and stingrays. Not only will you be able to see these underwater animals up close, you’ll learn about marine life as you walk around.

Visit Pinnacles National Park

Get the family back to nature with a trip to the Pinnacles National Park. Created 23 million years ago from multiple volcanoes, it is truly a unique landscape to explore. You’ll find chaparral, oak woodlands and canyon bottoms as well as talus caves. You’ll also find wildlife such as prairie, falcons, golden eagles as well as little racoons, squirrels and frogs. After a long day of hiking through this park, you’ll want a comfy bed to rest in, check out our Good Nite hotels to find your perfect stay.

Monterey Wine Country

One stop on your Salinas trip has to be one of the famous wineries. There are plenty to choose from with stunning views as you sip on a stunning glass. From the slopes of Carmel Valley, to the hills in Salinas Valley – you’ll learn everything you need to know about Salinas wine.


Where to stay

With so much to see and do in Salinas, you’ll need a place to rest your head and relax. As well somewhere with enough room to make the whole family comfortable or perhaps something cosy and inviting for couples. The Good Nite Inn, is the perfect spot to explore from. And if you’re looking to get a great deal,  check out our Good Nite Inn special offers & Promo Codes.

Name some of the important wineries of Salinas Valley California.

A: Some of the important and wineries for an exclusive experience are in Salinas Valley Califonia. While you are travelling to this part of the state, Halt a day for a great winery experience.

Blackstone Winery – Location – 800 South Alta St., Gonzales, CA

Boekenoogen Winery – Location: Salinas, CA

Chalone Vineyards – Location: 32020 Stonewall Canyon Rd., Soledad, CA

Hahn Family Wines – Location: 37700 Foothill Blvd. Soledad, CA

Joyce Vineyards/Chateau Christina – Location: 1354 Dayton St., Salinas, CA

Marilyn Remark – Location: 645 River Rd., Salinas, CA

Manzoni Estate – Location: 30981 River Rd., Soledad, CA

Paraiso Vineyards – Location: 38060 Paraiso Springs Rd., Soledad, CA

Pessagno Winery – Location: 1645 River Rd., Salinas, CA

Scheid Vineyards – Location: 1972 Hobson Rd., Greenfield, CA

Ventana Winery– Location: 38740 Los Coches Rd., Soledad, CA

Wrath Wines – Location: 35801 Foothill Rd., Soledad, CA