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Address: Salinas, CA
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Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping

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Some Beautiful Old Buildings

We drove through this area on our way to the Steinbeck Center and there is some beautiful old architecture but many of the buildings are vacant so there is not much to see. We... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Bothell, Washington
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Arroyo Grande, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Oldtown Salanis is overrated. it is really like an Oldtown. the structures or buildings are modern and not quaint. Mostly restaurants, small shops and a few bars. Everything closes early.

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Bothell, Washington
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76 reviews 76 reviews
43 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We drove through this area on our way to the Steinbeck Center and there is some beautiful old architecture but many of the buildings are vacant so there is not much to see. We were disappointed.

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Bakersfield, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Great ols City, with the Maya Theatre and National Steinbeck Center. Also several Art Deco buildings within four blocks.

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California Central Coast
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

There is almost nothing left in downtown Salinas. A few used item stores which seem to frequently go out of business, and storefront "churches." There's a great specialty shoe store, and a few very good restaurants, but honestly, you sometimes feel like you're the only one on the street, and that lonely feeling can be somewhat unnerving. Salinas is slowly... More 

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Glendora, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The town itself old fashioned-looking, charming without being cutesy. We didn't have time to poke in and out of the stores, but it looked much more charming than I remember it looking 30 or 40 years ago, when it was definitely just a farming town.

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Dayton, Ohio
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We were staying at a hotel by the freeway, and just ventured downtown to see if it was worth the drive by. Not only was the area filled with lovely old buildings, but there were several antique and whatnot shops for us to poke around in, and even a farmer's market. We spent several hours there and enjoyed ourselves....

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Truckee, California
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113 reviews 113 reviews
31 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Fantastic Art Deco buildings - totally unexpected. Get map from Welcome Center on N end of town. And, I'm not even particularly into architecture!

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San Francisco, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Downtown Salinas is quaint with many of the buildings still possessing that 50's kind of charm. It's quiet and friendly. Not at all expensive either.

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MIAMI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

There are some cute shops, restaurants, the old Fox Theatre,as well as the Steinbeck Center, so it is a pleasant place to browse.

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Geyserville, California
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225 reviews 225 reviews
71 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I didn't expect Salinas to be a destination I'd return too. We went for antiques and found a very good one in Halltree Antiques. Had lunch around the square which is filled with shops and dining.

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