Best known as the home of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, historic downtown Salinas,
California offers residents the chance to trod the same streets and haunt the same places once frequented by the literary behemoth. Sang's Café, one of Steinbeck's favorite places to write, can be found here. Stop by the area's National Steinbeck Center to pay homage.
Apartments in downtown Salinas lie just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, so many Salinasites find themselves beachcombing regularly. Locals spend time attending weekly concerts at the Fox Theater and catching the newest movies at the Maya Cinema. Those not into performance arts can try their chances at the Banker's Casino, or they can go antiquing in the local Halltree Antique Mall.
Downtown Salinas offers a whirlwind of dining options, from American to Thai. Head for brunch at Norma's Family Restaurant, where the locals swear by the chorizo scramble, or stop by the Grower's Pub on Monterrey Street for a feast of coconut shrimp, prime rib nachos, and steak tips.