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National Steinbeck Center
National Steinbeck Center
A celebration and exploration of the well-known author's work through multi-sensory exhibits, priceless artifacts and live theater performances.
Attraction type: Art Museums; History Museums; Specialty Museums
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Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Owner description: The Monterey Peninsula's love affair with world-class racing traces its beginnings to the inaugural running of the Pebble Beach Road Races in 1950. Those sports car events quickly... more Owner description: The Monterey Peninsula's love affair with world-class racing traces its beginnings to the inaugural running of the Pebble Beach Road Races in 1950. Those sports car events quickly outgrew the public roads of the Del Monte Forest and a beautiful new road facility was born on November 9, 1957.Since then, Monterey has been visited by some of the most prestigious racers in history; Roger Penske, Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Kenny Roberts, Bobby Rahal, Wayne Rainey and Valentino Rossi to name a few. The late 60's and 1970's may be remembered as the "Can-Am Years," but it was also the debut of Trans Am, IMSA and AMA motorcycles. CART Indy Car racing and Grand Prix Motorcycling put their stamp on the track in the 80's and 90's. More recently, the huge evolution MotoGP has created a phenomenal global following for the track.Today, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hosts five world-class race weekends each season, with elite road racing series from around the world visiting the Monterey Peninsula every year. less
Attraction type: Auto Race Tracks
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The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop
The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop
Owner description: This Queen Anne style Victorian was the birthplace and boyhood home of author John Steinbeck. Built in Salinas in 1897, the Steinbeck family moved into the house in 1900. The... more Owner description: This Queen Anne style Victorian was the birthplace and boyhood home of author John Steinbeck. Built in Salinas in 1897, the Steinbeck family moved into the house in 1900. The Valley Guild was formed by eight enthusiastic women who shared a common interest in gourmet cooking and wanted to showcase Salinas Valley produce. The volunteers of Valley Guild purchased and renovated the house. It was opened to the public as a restaurant on February 27, 1974 -the 72nd anniversary of John Steinbeck's birth. The house is operated by volunteers with a minimum of paid staff, and recently celebrated the 40th Anniversary. The Best Cellar is in the original basement of the Steinbeck House. The Best Cellar is a delightful gift shop featuring unique gift items as well as vintage and new Steinbeck books. Original furniture from the Steinbeck family is on display including the headboard of the bed in which John Steinbeck was born. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites; Specialty Museums
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Monterey Zoo
Monterey Zoo
Owner description: Take a Walk on the Wild Side! Visit Monterey Zoo and see a collection of over 100 animals as this zoo is fast becoming a premier Monterey Attraction. Currently under construction... more Owner description: Take a Walk on the Wild Side! Visit Monterey Zoo and see a collection of over 100 animals as this zoo is fast becoming a premier Monterey Attraction. Currently under construction but still open daily for all to see the progress and hopefully help support this special effort to improve the quality of life for the animals and the community that enjoys them. less
Attraction type: Zoos
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Toro County Park
Toro County Park
Attraction type: Parks; Biking Trails; Hiking Trails; Off-Road & ATV Trails
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All places to eat » Places to eat

First Awakenings
First Awakenings
Ranked #1 of 318 Restaurants in Salinas
Cuisines: American
Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Gino's Fine Italian Food
Gino's Fine Italian Food
Ranked #2 of 318 Restaurants in Salinas
Price:
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Patria
Patria
Ranked #3 of 318 Restaurants in Salinas
Cuisines: Italian, European
Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Salinas City BBQ
Salinas City BBQ
Ranked #4 of 318 Restaurants in Salinas
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
In and Out Burger
In and Out Burger
Ranked #5 of 318 Restaurants in Salinas
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Fast Food
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Laurel Inn & Conference Center
2.0 of 5
Laurel Inn & Conference Center
$85 - $177
Ranked #2 of 25 Hotels in Salinas
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Super 8 Salinas
2.0 of 5
Super 8 Salinas
$75 - $328
Ranked #5 of 25 Hotels in Salinas
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Sunset Inn
2.5 of 5
Sunset Inn
$140 - $238
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Pacific Grove
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hampton Inn & Suites Salinas
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Salinas
$173 - $310
Ranked #1 of 25 Hotels in Salinas
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Best Western Salinas Monterey Hotel
2.5 of 5
Best Western Salinas Monterey Hotel
$143 - $272
Ranked #3 of 25 Hotels in Salinas
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Salinas
2.5 of 5
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Salinas
$169 - $289
Ranked #4 of 25 Hotels in Salinas
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
4.0 of 5
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
$291 - $629
Ranked #1 of 56 Hotels in Monterey
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Bernardus Lodge & Spa
4.5 of 5
Bernardus Lodge & Spa
$397 - $1,089
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Carmel Valley
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Sanctuary Beach Resort
4.0 of 5
Sanctuary Beach Resort
$237 - $603
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Marina
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