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Address: Salinas, CA
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9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping

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When in the Monterey Bay area, check this unique museum

Be sure to check out the National (John) Steinbeck museum in downtown Salinas for a unique look into the life of one of America's most famous authors. The museum can be enjoyed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Be sure to check out the National (John) Steinbeck museum in downtown Salinas for a unique look into the life of one of America's most famous authors. The museum can be enjoyed by all, young and old, and appeals to those with literary, artistic or curious interests.

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Salinas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

So many cute businesses and a few great restaurants! Come wander around and support this cute little town that's on it's way back.

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Eagle River, Alaska
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293 reviews
138 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

A lovely surprise on our visit to Salinas for a full day of John Steinbeck. This Satuday Market is full of local, fresh, delicious fruits and veggies. I had never seen a purple bell pepper before, but there it was...so I bought one. We also got some pluots and white peaches. Samples were plentiful.

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Arroyo Grande, California
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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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47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 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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60 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 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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Address: Salinas, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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