World-famous author John Steinbeck was born and grew up in this Salinas house, now a popular restaurant, where he found inspiration for many of his novels, including Nobel Prize winning The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden.
America’s newest National Park is a must-see for visitors who enjoy the outdoors. Easy to advanced hikes feature caves and incredible rock formations that Pinnacles is named for. Rock climbers frequent the park and guided ranger hikes are available daily.
Experience world-class wines in breathtaking settings along the River Road Wine Trail, known for stellar Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the Valley boasts 47 different varietals. Visit the 13 tasting rooms located on the estates where grapes are grown and wine is made.
Visit the quaint fishing village of Moss Landing to experience the wonders of whale watching year-round. Explore the Elkhorn Slough Preserve to discover sea otters up close and enjoy the huge variety of birds. Guided tours available daily.
The largest museum in the world dedicated to Salinas’ native son, John Steinbeck, the National Steinbeck Center Museum celebrates Steinbeck’s literature and his life through interactive exhibits – a novel experience!