National Steinbeck Center
Steinbeck was born and spent much of his boyhood in this house, four blocks west of the museum. It’s now a twee lunch cafe, which we’re...
Ag Venture Tours
Take an in-depth look at commercial and organic farm fields around the Salinas Valley.
This family-owned organic fruit-and-veggie stand offers educational walking tours of its fields. On the drive in, watch for the giant...
Monterey Coast Brewing Co
At this lively downtown microbrewery, an eight-beer tasting sampler costs just 10 bucks. The pub grub is bland.
Pica Fresh Mex
Just south of the National Steinbeck Center, this storefront Mexican kitchen gets a stamp of approval for handmade tortillas, smoky...
1 Main St · interesting places nearby
National Steinbeck Center information
This museum will interest almost anyone, even if you don’t know a lick about Salinas’ Nobel Prize–winning native son, John Steinbeck (1902–68), a Stanford University dropout. Tough, funny and brash, he portrayed the troubled spirit of rural, working-class Americans in novels like The Grapes of Wrath . Interactive, kid-accessible exhibits and short video clips chronicle the writer’s life and works in an engaging way. Gems include Rocinante, the camper in which Steinbeck traveled around the USA while researching Travels with Charley .
Take a moment and listen to Steinbeck’s Nobel acceptance speech – it’s grace and power combined.