Salinas Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Salinas; our list of the best things to see, including California Rodeo, Northridge Mall and National Steinbeck Center.
  • The best place in Salinas: California Rodeo

    California Rodeo

    Salinas Sports Complex
    Held in the third week of July in the heart of Salinas. Locals will correct you if you refer to the ROW-dee-oh; the preferred local pronunciation is row-DAY-oh.
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  • Northridge Mall

    Northridge Mall

    796 Northridge Mall
    The largest mall in Monterey County, housing everything from Gap to Macy's to Express. If you are looking for your typical mall experience, a food court (Panda Express, Cold Stone Creamery, Sarabol, McDonalds, etc), or need a new pair of jeans, this is the place.
  • National Steinbeck Center

    National Steinbeck Center

    1 Main St
    Every day 10AM-5PM. Has exhibitions about John Steinbeck, his work, and life on the California Coast. $10.95.
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  • Sherwood Hall

    adjacent to Salinas Sports Complex
  • Salinas Sunday Farmers Market

    Hartnell College
    Sunday, 8am-noon. Another popular Salinas farmers market, held year round.
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  • First Fridays Art Walk

    Oldtown Salinas
    On the first Friday of every month, stores and galleries in Oldtown Salinas throw open their doors. Over 50 venues are usually involved, and there are also many outdoor performances. See live music, dance, and other performances and consume light food and beverages while checking out the art. Look for the balloons on the sidewalk, denoting which venues are open.
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  • The Western Stage

    411 Central Avenue
    Monterey County's largest professional theatre organization.
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  • A Taste of Monterey

    Oldtown Salinas
    Sample Monterey County wines.
  • First Awakenings

    171 Main Street
    Mon–Sun 7am–2pm. Popular breakfast spot, with friendly service.
  • The Steinbeck House

    132 Central Ave
    A luncheon restaurant in John Steinbeck's boyhood home.
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Salinas uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.