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SALINAS
California, U.S.A.
THE SALAD BOWL OF THE WORLD
Welcome to Salinas, California.
Salinas is situated at the mouth of the Salinas Valley, around 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean. With a population of roughly 155,600, the city is the largest municipality in Monterey County, as well as the county seat. The city was named after the world for salt marsh in Spanish and was incorporated in 1874. With its pleasant coastal climate; the flora, grape vineyards and vegetable crops have flourished, allowing the city to develop a major agriculture industry. Salinas and the Salinas Valley is both nicknamed The Salad Bowl of the World, for its thriving production of lettuce, broccoli, mushrooms, strawberries and more. Salinas is filled with beautiful 20th century homes ranging from bungalows and modest cottages to capacious luxury mansions, one of which was the childhood home of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck who wrote Of Mice and Men. The Victorian and historic Spanish architecture is tastefully blended with new condominiums and spacious modern homes, so newcomers and longtime residents have plenty to choose from when picking the home of their dreams. Salinas is home to a warm and welcoming community, and mixes small-town charm with modern, urban amenities. Attractions include the California Rodeo, California International Airshow and the world famous Steinbeck Festival. Natural recreation abounds, and visitors can explore the nearby Monterey Peninsula or the historic missions of San Juan Bautista, Soledad or Carmel and San Antonio de Pauda. For a relaxing weekend, spend at least one day at tasting world-class wines at the wineries of South Monterey and then head to the nearby beaches for a lazy day in the sand.
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