Will You Like Salinas?If you like seeing things growing and visiting farm stands, you'll have a great time here. Fans of writer John Steinbeck will also enjoy a visit to his home town. Animal lovers shouldn't miss Vision Quest Bed and Breakfast.
Best Time to Go to SalinasSalinas weather is good spring through fall, but most afternoons are windy.
Getting ThereDriving? Salinas is 60 miles from San Jose, 106 miles from San Francisco and 174 miles from Sacramento.
Flying? The nearest airport is in Monterey. For more frequent flights, try San Jose. Check airfares.
Where to StayThe most interesting and fun place to stay in Salinas is Vision Quest Bed and Breakfast, a safari-style bed and breakfast that offers unique opportunities to watch and interact with a variety of animals.
If you'd rather stay somewhere else, use our recommendations to find a good place to stay, cheap and then go to Tripadvisor's reviews and price comparisons for hotels in Salinas.
Five Great Things to Do in Salinas
- National Steinbeck Center: This center offers a journey through the world of Salinas' most famous native son, Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck and includes seven themed theaters showcase his works East of Eden, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath and more.
- The Farm: The fertile Salinas Valley is all about agriculture, and this "agricultural education center" offers farm tours, family activities and really fresh produce for sale.
- Agventure Tours: Did you ever wonder where your food comes from? That is, before it gets to your grocery store? Evan Oakes of AgVenture Tours can help you find out. While taking a tour to see broccoli growing may sound only a little more interesting than eating it, Oakes' wealth of knowledge ensures a fascinating time.
- Roadside Art: Around Salinas and Monterey County, you're likely to see some lifelike murals and cutouts by artist John Cerney. Favorites include "Sam's Friendly Produce Stand" on Highway, an accident scene at a downtown intersection and an old-fashioned baseball game on Highway 101 south of Prunedale.
- Wild Things, Inc: Even if you don't stay at their safari bed and breakfast, you can still take their daily tours and see their star cast of animals, including the Dreyfus lion.