Garden of Memories Memorial Park

Central Coast

Steinbeck is buried in the family plot at this cemetery, less than 2 miles southeast of downtown Salinas.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Central Coast attractions

1. National Steinbeck Center

1.74 MILES

This museum will interest almost anyone, even if you don't know anything about Salinas’ Nobel Prize–winning native son, John Steinbeck (1902–68), a…

2. Steinbeck House

1.82 MILES

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 not sure he’d…

3. Fremont Peak State Park

10.47 MILES

Containing the Fremont Peak Astronomical Observatory, this park offers excellent views of Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean from its four-mile network of…

4. Fremont Peak Astronomical Observatory

10.61 MILES

Equipped with a 30in telescope, Fremont Peak's astronomical observatory is usually open to the public on many Saturday nights between April and October,…

7. Joyce Wine Company

13.22 MILES

A modern and stylish room showcasing the winery's well-regarded Pinot Noir and rosé.

8. I. Brand & Family

13.22 MILES

This modern tasting room is a good place to try Californian-, French- and Spanish-style wines. A vinyl turntable and retro board games give it a hip…