Salinas is the boyhood home of Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck, who describes the town, people and surrounding area in his timeless novels. In a personal letter he once wrote, “I think I would like to write the story of this whole valley, of all the little towns and all the farms and the ranches in the wider hills. I can see how I would like to do it so that it would be the valley of the world.”
The Salinas Valley sits between the Gabilan and Santa Lucia mountain ranges, and follows the Salinas River to the Monterey Bay. Salinas is located 20 miles northeast of Monterey on Highway 68, 60 miles south of San Jose and 101 miles south of San Francisco, and 325 miles north of Los Angeles on Highway 101. The moderate climate is ideal, with an average temperature of 68 degrees and Mediterranean-like weather in the summer.
Steinbeck’s “valley of the world” is home to a number of noteworthy annual events, stellar destinations, recreational opportunities, award-winning wineries, plentiful shopping, affordable accommodations and restaurants, and a beautiful, historic Oldtown district.
Salinas has a well-developed transportation system that includes Monterey-Salinas Transit buses, AMTRAK railways, and nearby Monterey Peninsula and San Jose Airports. The Monterey Salinas Airbus shuttles passengers between the San Jose and San Francisco International Airports. A number of rental car agencies are also available in Salinas.