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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: Speciality Museums; Art Museums; History 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; Speciality Museums
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Wild Things
Wild Things
Take a Walk on the Wild Side! Visit Wild Things exotic animal facility and see a collection of over 100 animals.
Attraction type: Zoos
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Toro County Park
Toro County Park
Attraction type: Off-Road & ATV Trails; Biking Trails; Hiking Trails; Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Patria
Patria
Ranked #1 of 312 Restaurants in Salinas
Cuisines: Italian, European
Good for: Business meetings, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Rancho Cielo
Rancho Cielo
Ranked #2 of 312 Restaurants in Salinas
Cuisines: American, Vegetarian
Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Gino's Fine Itallian Food
Gino's Fine Itallian Food
Ranked #3 of 312 Restaurants in Salinas
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Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
First Awakenings
First Awakenings
Ranked #4 of 312 Restaurants in Salinas
Cuisines: American, Gluten Free
Good for: Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Salinas City BBQ
Salinas City BBQ
Ranked #5 of 312 Restaurants in Salinas
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Laurel Inn Motel
2.0 of 5
Laurel Inn Motel
US$84 - US$139
Ranked #2 of 26 Hotels in Salinas
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Super 8 Salinas
2.0 of 5
Super 8 Salinas
US$83 - US$270
Ranked #5 of 26 Hotels in Salinas
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BEST WESTERN The Inn & Suites Pacific Grove
2.0 of 5
BEST WESTERN The Inn & Suites Pacific Grove
US$138 - US$466
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Pacific Grove
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Hampton Inn & Suites Salinas
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Salinas
US$163 - US$294
Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels in Salinas
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BEST WESTERN Salinas Monterey Hotel
2.0 of 5
BEST WESTERN Salinas Monterey Hotel
US$133 - US$273
Ranked #3 of 26 Hotels in Salinas
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Salinas
2.5 of 5
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Salinas
US$162 - US$273
Ranked #4 of 26 Hotels in Salinas
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
4.0 of 5
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
US$288 - US$537
Ranked #1 of 55 Hotels in Monterey
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Bernardus Lodge & Spa
4.0 of 5
Bernardus Lodge & Spa
US$425 - US$872
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Carmel Valley
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Sanctuary Beach Resort
4.0 of 5
Sanctuary Beach Resort
US$282 - US$589
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Marina
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