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Cultural Heritage


There is more to Salinas than lettuce and landscapes. Literary legend John Steinbeck grew up in the city and set many of his novels there, most notably “East of Eden.” The National Steinbeck Center honors his achievements with an exhibit of his work, others’ art and remarkable cultural galleries. The Museum of Monterey explores the roots of the area’s colorful heritage and the forces that shaped it.

Modern-day Salinas is the legacy of rich cultures. The influx of Chinese, Japanese and Filipino immigrants from the 1880s onward has left a distinct mark on the city. The Salinas Asian Festival is a nod to their unmistakable contributions, notably their immense labor and farming efforts. A Japanese immigrant operates the world’s largest potted orchid farm that grows 10 million plants. The Swiss family Schoch has run a dairy farm since 1944 that remains in the family today. The Boronda Adobe offers a glimpse into the significant Latino influence found in the region.