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Go where the locals go – what to see and do while you’re in town!

Historic Oldtown Salinas

Refuel and rejuvenate. Old-town charm meets hip boutiques, spas, cupcakes, brew pubs, and a variety of dining options. You’re going to run 13.1 miles. You deserve it!
www.oldtownsalinas.com

The Farm

Fresh produce, farm tours and fun activities for family members of all ages – check out the salad bowl of the world and take home some seriously fresh produce. Good fuel for your body.
www.thefarm-salinasvalley.com
7 Foster Road, Salinas
(831) 455-2575

The Steinbeck House

Check out the birthplace and boyhood home of John Steinbeck. Don’t miss The Best Cellar gift shop!
www.steinbeckhouse.com
132 Central Avenue, Salinas
(831) 424-2735

National Steinbeck Center

Three distinct visitor experiences are located in the heart of John Steinbeck’s hometown.
www.steinbeck.org
1 Main Street, Salinas
(831) 775-4721

Monterey and Salinas Valley Railroad

In the 1800s, there were grand plans to connect Salinas to Monterey via a steam-powered, narrow-gauge railroad. Step back in time with a group keeping this bit of history alive.
http://www.msvrr.org/
26 Station Place
Salinas, CA 93901

Twin Creeks Golf Course

Need a golf fix while you’re in town? Check out the gentle rolling hills with USGA greens surrounded by protected wetlands, Natividad and Gabilan Creeks and views of the Gabilan and Santa Lucia mountain ranges.
http://www.montereygolf.com/course-guide/salinas-twin-creek-golf-monterey.htm
1551 Beacon Hill Drive, Salinas
(831) 444-7200

Wild Things

This 51-acre facility is home to more than 100 wild, exotic, domestic birds and animals. Daily, private and VIP tours are available. You can even spend the night for a safari in Salinas!
www.wildthingsinc.com
400 River Road, Salinas
(831) 455-1901

River Road Wine Trail

Charming and intimate, the wineries along the wine trail specialize in limited-release vintages and genuine hospitality. You’ll run by most of them – go taste their wines!
www.riverroadwinetrail.com

Ag Venture Tours

You’ll do the work on the race-course, let the friendly and knowledgeable AgVenture tour guides take you wine-tasting and sight-seeing ensuring you see the best Monterey County has to offer.
http://www.agventuretours.com/
(831) 761-8463

Pinnacles National Monument

About 40 minutes from Salinas, you can hike through massive monoliths, spires, sheer walled canyons and caves in the Pinnacles National Monument located in the Gabilan Mountains. You might even spot an endangered California Condor!
www.nps.gov/pinn/

Soledad Mission

Mission Neustra Senora de la Soledad was founded in 1791. Named for our Lady of Sorrows, it was twice destroyed by floods leaving only a small chapel and adobe ruins. The current recreation was started in 1954.
http://missiontour.org/soledad/
36641 Fort Romie Road, Soledad
(831) 678-2586

Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum

Located in San Lorenzo Park in King City, turn-of-the-century artifacts furnish historic buildings telling the story of life in the Salinas Valley. Group and private tours are available.
www.mcarlm.org
1160 Broadway Street, King City
(831) 385-8020

Artichoke Capital of the World – Castroville, CA

Marilyn Monroe was the first Artichoke beauty pageant queen. Don’t miss the Giant Artichoke. You going to run 13.1 miles, splurge for some of the famous fried artichoke hearts!
http://www.seemonterey.com/regions/castroville/