Get insight into the author's life and more.
For local agricultural flavor, drive over the scenic Laureles Grade and turn right onto Highway 68 where, about 10 miles to the east, you can peer down Steinbeck's "Valley of the World," one of the largest lettuce-producing regions in the country. You can either take the River Road exit for more wine tasting in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA or visit the National Steinbeck Center in Oldtown Salinas.
Here you can explore the John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall that gives insight into the author's life. The center also offers educational programs for youth and holds special events throughout the year.