The city of Salinas is located in Monterey County, California, about eight miles from the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of Salinas Valley. The city is an agricultural center and is also famous for being the birthplace of Nobel laureate John Steinback.
The National Steinback Center is the city's most important tourist attraction and has a large number of exhibits on Steinback's life as well as the city's history and heritage. The childhood home of the author is also another attraction. The city's rich agricultural heritage can be enjoyed by the visitors through many agriculture-themed tours that offer both fun and education. The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the city is a major draw for racing enthusiasts. It hosts five world-class race weekends each season, and sees participation by some of the best motor road racing teams from around the world. Every July, the city hosts the California Rodeo, which sees participation by some of the country's best cowboys. Another annual attraction is the California International Airshow held in September and October.
Salinas offers its visitors a unique experience with its combination of rich agricultural heritage, cultural landmarks and thrilling events at a single place.