Local Fun for Everyone
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!
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.
7 Foster Road, Salinas
The Steinbeck House
Check out the birthplace and boyhood home of John Steinbeck. Don’t miss The Best Cellar gift shop!
132 Central Avenue, Salinas
National Steinbeck Center
Three distinct visitor experiences are located in the heart of John Steinbeck’s hometown.
1 Main Street, Salinas
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.
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.
1551 Beacon Hill Drive, Salinas
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!
400 River Road, Salinas
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!
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.
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!
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.
36641 Fort Romie Road, Soledad
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.
1160 Broadway Street, King City
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!
The Windmill Restaurant
This charming restaurant is racer friendly and is offering all our runners and walkers a discount after the half marathon!
1167 Front Street, Soledad, CA