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Salinas 411 Visitor Center

☎ 831.435.3646

★ 222 Main Street, Salinas CA 93901

MTWThFSS 11am-8pm

The go-to place for information on what to do and where to go during your visit.  Free maps, brochures and expert advice from our local guides will assist in making your experience the best.  Locally made t-shirts, postcards and souvenirs celebrate the areas attractions and history.  Plan to stop in and get the local scoop…

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History Phone

☎ 831.401.9587

★ 222 Main Street, Salinas CA 93901

MTWThFSS 24 hours

Free self-guided audio tour using your cell phone!  History Phone Tour allows you to experience all the important sites in and around Salinas, with recordings by local experts, residents, and figures who bring the past alive.  Many important Steinbeck-related sites are listed and a leisurely stroll around the downtown will provide a good foundation in…

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Steinbeck House

☎ 831.424.2735

★ 132 Central Avenue, Salinas CA 93901

TWThFS 11:30am-3pm

The birthplace and home of Nobel Prize winning author, John Steinbeck, this beautifully restored house now serves lunch and tea served by the volunteers of the Valley Guild.  Steinbeck lived here until he was 18 and left for university, though visited often.  The Red Pony was written here along with many other stories that were…

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The Farm

☎ 831.455.2575

★ 7 Foster Road, Salinas CA 93908

MTWThFS 9am-5pm

The Farm is an agricultural education center and local certified organic farming business just outside of Salinas, California. Visit for fresh produce, farm tours, special family activities and a pleasant rural destination on a working farm.  On Fridays The Farm bakes fruit pies in their kitchen, available for sale in the farm shop.  Local artist,…

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Agricultural & Rural Life Museum

☎ 831.385.8020

★ 1160 Broadway Street, King City, CA 93930

TWThFSS 11am-4pm

Agriculture is a big story in the Salinas Valley. It is the story of settlement, transportation, trade, the environment – and you are part of this story. MCARLM’s mission is to collect, preserve and share the stories and artifacts that reflect this long-time legacy. Our hands-on programs – from our popular elementary school field trips…

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National Steinbeck Center

☎ 831.775.4721

★ One Main Street, Salinas CA 93901

MTWThFSS 10am-5pm

Largest museum in the world dedicated to a single author, the National Steinbeck Center honors Salinas’ famous son, John Steinbeck through interactive exhibits about his life and work.  Steinbeck was born and raised just two blocks away and many of his novels are based on the experiences and people of his youth in Salinas.  While…

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River Road Wine Trail

☎ 831.675.3398

★ 30981 River Road, Soledad CA 93960

MTWThFSS 11am-5pm

Manzoni Estate Vineyards is one of 13 tasting rooms along the undiscovered River Road Wine Trail, which features inspirational views of the Salinas Valley in an area that John Steinbeck wrote about in his novels.  Authentic and unpretentious, visitors enjoy the relaxed atmosphere while tasting world class wines grown in the Valley and Santa Lucia…

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Salinas Railroad Museum

☎ 831.594.1799

★ 26 Station Place, Salinas CA 93901

Th 6pm-9pm 1stF 5pm- 8pm SS 10am-4pm

Packed with history, interactive exhibits and the largest working miniature train diorama on the Central Coast, the Monterey & Salinas Valley Railroad Museum is a fun visit for kids of all ages.  Admission is free, donations welcome.

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Pinnacles National Park

☎ 831.389.4485

★ 5000 Highway 146, Soledad CA 93960

MTWThFSS 7:30am-8pm

With breathtaking rock formations and caves, Pinnacles is America’s newest National Park and a must to visit for the beautiful wildflowers in spring, easy to advanced hiking trials, rock climbing and a glimpse of the California Condors. Guided tours or Ranger-led hikes are available year-round.

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La Nuestra Señora de la Soledad

☎ 831.678.2586

★ 36641 Fort Romie Road, Soledad CA 93960

MTWThFSS 10am-4pm

Soledad Mission is 13th in the chain of 21 California Missions, and of of the most rustic and authentic of these historic sites dotted one day’s horse ride apart along the El Camino Real or King’s Road.

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