Agricultural dominates the vistas seen from this city that anchors the southern end of the Salinas Valley. From the south, it’s the first glimpse of the “Salad Bowl that Feeds the World” and a gateway to the rest of Monterey County. Wheat was king for awhile, sugar beets came and went and today a variety of row crops and wine-making grapes grow across the Valley floor.

Every year, the Salinas Valley Fair pays tribute to the area’s rural roots with traditional livestock exhibits, a horse show, rodeo and contests for the best jam, pickles and pies. A stop at the Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum is truly a step back in time where the story of King City’s legacy unfolds.

Year-round recreational activities are numerous – Pinnacles National Park, Los Padres National Forest and the Arroyo Seco River are day-trip possibilities, or spend an afternoon fishing along the Salinas River.

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