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King City, California [USA]

King City is a gateway city in Monterey County, California. King City is located on the Salinas River 51 miles southeast of Salinas and lies along U.S. Route 101 at the southern end of the Salinas Valley of the Central Coast. Originally called “Hog Town”, King City is a friendly and close-knit community of 14,221 people that features beautiful mountain views, tree-lined streets, and historical downtown. This thriving agricultural area is the gateway to Pinnacles National Park and The Monterey Coast.

King City is the southern gateway to Monterey County offering a myriad of outdoor and historical recreational activities for the entire family. King City is home to the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds and annual Salinas Valley Fair. Some noteworthy places to explore include Pinnacles National Park, Santa Lucia Highlands Wineries, the Scheid Winery, Central Coast Missions, Big Sur, and the Monterey Peninsula.

Laguna Grande Park is a great outdoor excursion for families, featuring 2 playgrounds, picnic areas with tables, barbecue areas, a volleyball court, and a soccer field.

King City is renowned for its ranching and agriculture. But it is also of great interest to literary, history and adventuring travelers. Much of John Steinbeck's work is set in this area, and mentioned prominently in his book “East of Eden”. His mother's parents lived here, and his mother instilled in him with a powerful sense of storytelling. This is the setting for his first California novel, “To A God Unknown”. And he wrote of the mountain ranges on both sides of the Salinas Valley from a King City perspective. This is a good overnight spot for visiting the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas.

Pinnacles National Monument is close to King City, making this a good place to stay while visiting that intriguing geological park. An interesting way to drive to King City by way of the Pinnacles is Bear Valley. Mission San Antonio De Padua is 24 miles west, and it is the way to one of the most enchanting ways to get to Big Sur. And the San Antonio Valley is quintessentially a California coastal valley without development. It is of historical curiosity too, as William Randolph Hearst, and the family architect, Julia Morgan, built a lodge there, Hacienda.

King City is a good base camp for exploring two other missions, Mission San Miguel and Mission Soledad.

In the Santa Lucia Mountain foothills, you can find an exotic hot spring, Paraiso. It was built by Southern Pacific Railroad as a resort destination for train travelers. Outstanding wineries abound in the King City region. A few worthy of mention are Chalone, Smith and Hook, Paraiso, Lockwood, Shied, Kendall Jackson, Morgan.

Keefers Inn

615 Canal Street, King City, California, 93930


Lake Nacimiento Resort and Marina

10625 Nacimiento Lake Dr, King City, California, 93426


Lake San Antonio Resort

74255 San Antonio Rd, King City, California, 93426


Mission San Antonio de Padua

End of Mission Road, King City, California, 93928


Pinnacles National Park

5000 California 146, King City, California, 95043


San Lorenzo Park

1160 Broadway, King City, California, 94580


17 Mile Drive

17 Mi Drive, Pacific Grove, California, 93950


Asilomar Conference Grounds

800 Asilomar Ave, Pacific Grove, California, 93950


Bixby Creek Bridge

Bixby Creek Bridge, Monterey, California, 93940


Cannery Row

649 Cannery Row, Monterey, California, 93940


Carmel Art Association Gallery

Dolores Street between 5th &, 6th Ave, Carmel, California, 93921


Carmel Mission Basilica Museum

3080 Rio Rd, Carmel by the Sea, California, 93923



Carmel, Carmel by the Sea, California, 93921


Colton Hall Museum

570 Pacific St, Monterey, California, 93940


Dawn's Dream Winery

San Carlos St, Carmel, California, 93923


Dennis the Menace Park

El Estero, Monterey, California, 93940


Jacks Peak Park

25020 Jacks Peak Park Rd, Monterey, California, 93940


Laguna Grande Regional Park

401 Virgin Ave, Monterey, California, 93940


Laguna Seca Golf Ranch

10520 York Rd, Monterey, California, 93940


Lovers Point Park

630 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove, California, 93950


MHAA: Salvador Dalí

5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, California, 93940


Monarch Grove Sanctuary

250 Ridge Rd, Pacific Grove, California, 93950


Monterey Bay Aquarium

886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California, 93940


Monterey Museum of Art

559 Pacific St, Monterey, California, 93940


Monterey Regional Airport

200 Fred Kane Dr, Monterey, California, 93940


Monterey State Historic Park Office

20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, California, 93940


Old Fisherman’s Wharf

1 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, California, 93940


Pacific Grove Art Center

568 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, California, 93950


Pacific Grove Golf Links

77 Asilomar Blvd, Pacific Grove, California, 93950


Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach, California, 93953


Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

47231 California 1, Big Sur, California, 93920


Point Pinos Lighthouse

80 Asilomar Ave, Pacific Grove, California, 93950


Presidio of Monterey Museum

Corporal Ewing Rd, Monterey, California, 93944


San Carlos Cathedral

500 Church St, Monterey, California, 93940


Scheid Vineyards Tasting Room

San Carlos St & 7th Ave, Carmel, California, 93923


Sunset Center

San Carlos St, Carmel, California, 93921


Tehama Golf Club

25000 Vía Malpaso, Carmel, California, 93923