Discover beautiful Salinas California, the gateway to the Monterey Bay in Steinbeck Country, where you'll find historic sites, unspoiled farmland, world-class wines, a quaint, historic downtown, and some of the friendliest people around. Author John Steinbeck was born here, so visit his boyhood home as well as the National Steinbeck Center while you're here. Salinas is famous as the Salad Bowl of the World for agriculture and our fresh, home-grown produce is available internationally. We have the best year-round climate in the entire North American continent, and some of the cleanest air in the United States of America!
Salinas' hospitality blends yesterday's charm with today's modern conveniences. Visitors can explore the beauty of nearby Monterey Bay beaches, historic missions of San Juan Bautista, Soledad, Carmel, and San Antonio de Padus and wineries of South Monterey County, Carmel Valley and Pinnacles National Monument.
Local attractions include more than 50 beaches, 60 plus parks, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Giant Redwoods of Big Sur and Santa Cruz, Gilroy Gardens Amusement Park, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a variety of history and art museums.
The area plays host numerous festivals, some celebrating agricultural heritage, such as the Artichoke Festival, Garlic Festival and Strawberry Festival as well as a great many music festivals like the world famous Monterey Jazz Festival, Blues Festival, and Bach Festival.
Hours: Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm, Saturday – Sunday 10am – 4pm
Stop in at one of three California Welcome Centers along Highway 101 each fully staffed seven days a week; loaded with maps, brochures and information about the region. The CWC in Gilroy is centrally located to assist with your travel planning. The CWC Salinas is situated within one of the most dense agriculture areas in California. And the CWC in the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets is just waiting to assist you with your travel needs.
Note: California Welcome Center, Gilroy is currently closed. Please contact the Salinas center by email between 9AM – 5PM daily for travel assistance or local information.
Gilroy is known across the globe as the Garlic Capital of the World—and we are proud to welcome thousands of guests each year to the Gilroy Garlic Festival in late July. But there’s lots more going on in Gilroy all year long, from wine tasting and family fun to outlet shopping and outdoor adventures.
No matter when you visit Gilroy, you can always follow the Road to Garlic to find gourmet gift shops, farm stands, and outstanding restaurants where garlic is always on the menu. And you’ll also discover plenty more ways to spice up your stay!
Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park is a wonderland for families with young children, with over 40 fun rides and attractions including the super-splashy Water Oasis, plus majestic gardens and the world-famous Circus Trees.
Gilroy is also a mecca for serious shoppers. Discover extraordinary everyday savings of 25-65% and over 145 designer outlet stores at Gilroy Premium Outlets—and explorethe charming antique shops and boutiques in Historic Downtown Gilroy.
Wine lovers will enjoy exploring the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail, which features over 30 award-winning wineries. The area also abounds with hiking and biking trails and golf courses.
Gilroy’s central location, mild year-round weather, and budget-friendly hotels make it the perfect home base for exploring Silicon Valley, San Francisco Bay Area, and the Central Coast.To start planning your Gilroy getaway, go to VisitGilroy.com.
Hours: 7 days a week 9:30am - 5:30pm
NOTE: The California Welcome Center in Pismo Beach is temporarily closed. Visitor services are available at our Welcome Centers to the north in Gilroy and Salinas or to the south in Los Angeles.
Pismo Beach California Welcome Center offers Public Telephone, Restrooms, Picnic Area, Internet/E-mail, Refreshments, Travel Information/Brochures, Maps, Hotel Information and Referrals, Nearby Restaurants, RV Parking Handicapped Access, and a Lounge.
Shop the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets which offers over 40 brand-name stores for your shopping convenience. Enjoy Hearst Castle, see the Elephant seals, cruise the State Dunes with over 72 miles of beach, watch The Great American Melodrama, browse the San Luis Obispo Farmers Market, eat at the famous Splash Cafe & Hoagies. Stay on the beach at the Sea Venture, the Cliffs, The Best Western Plus Shore Cliff Lodge, Dolphin Bay, Pismo Lighthouse suites, The Spyglass Inn & then enjoy a romantic evening dinning at Lido, Marisol, and Guiseppe’s.
Take a wine tour through our incredible SLO Wine Country visiting Claiborne & Churchill, Sextant, Kelsey, Edna Valley Vineyard wineries. Tour the Paso Robles Wine Country with over 105 wineries rolling through the hills of beautiful Paso Robles. Jump on a wine tour with Breakaway Tours, Silverado Tours, Wine Wrangler and 101 Wine Tours.