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Sited three miles from downtown Salinas, in Monterey County, California, Salinas Municipal Airport has two runways and one helipad. The airport handles mostly private business flights, and also hosts the annual California International Airshow every September.
While it’s possible to take public buses into the centre of Salinas from several other towns in the area, there is no public transport directly to Salinas Municipal Airport – the best way to get to and from the airport is to drive or take a taxi. The airport’s facilities include a restaurant and conference and meeting space.
Boasting a great location on the California Central Coast, Salinas Municipal Airport is just a five-minute drive from downtown Salinas, 25 minutes from the Monterey Bay area, and 45 minutes to Silicon Valley. The airport is also within easy reach of the San Francisco Bay area, Carmel Valley, Pebble Beach and Big Sur.
Within easy reach of Salinas Municipal Airport are a range of one- to -four-star lodges, inns, motels and luxury hotels. The most convenient hotels near to Salinas Municipal Airport are in Salinas itself, and are mostly in the one to three-star range. For more luxurious accommodation, look in Marina, Monterey and the San Jose area, where you’ll find four and five-star hotels, apartments and beach resorts that are still within reach of Salinas Municipal Airport.
Discover historic sites, stellar wines and pristine farmland in gorgeous Salinas. It’s the birthplace of Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck, and visitors can explore the writer's childhood home as well as the National Steinbeck Center, whose exhibits include rare artefacts and film clips. You can also enjoy a stroll along Steinbeck's Cannery Row in Monterey, where former sardine cannery buildings have been transformed into stylish restaurants, tasting rooms and shops.
Nearby Monterey is home to the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium that homes a wealth of exotic marine life, from sunfish to sea otters, hammerhead sharks to green sea turtles. Visitors to the city can also arrange whale-watching and deep-sea fishing trips from Fisherman's Wharf, where sea otters, seals and pelicans can be spotted lounging about on the waterfront. Lined with seafood restaurants, Fisherman's Wharf is also a great spot to feast on fresh calamari, clam chowder and fried sanddabs.
The area places host to a raft of fabulous food and music festivals, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, Blues Festival and Bach Festival, as well as the Artichoke Festival, Garlic Festival and Strawberry Festival.
Monterey is one of California's leading wine-producing regions with vineyards dotted throughout the county in South Monterey County, Carmel Valley and Pinnacles National Monument. Sip stellar wines at tasting rooms in Cannery Row, Carmel Valley and Carmel-by-the-Sea. The region is also popular with golfers, who can tee off at scenic golf courses in Pebble Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Salinas.
South of Monterey is one of the most celebrated stretches of California's famous Highway One route, winding through stunning coastline, vineyards and redwood forests.