High-Tech to Steinbeck via Monterey Bay

  • Start: San Jose, California
  • End: San Juan Bautista, California
  • Last Modified: 2014-04-03 20:44:08
  • Total Mileage: 142 Miles
  • Number of stops: 25


Ever a land of opportunity, as summed up by its official motto---Eureka! (I Have Found It!)---the Golden State has always drawn the forward-thinking folks. In earlier days, this meant explorers, adventures, and fortune-seekers. In native-son John Steinbeck’s day, it meant Dustbowl migrants seeking a better life for themselves. In our day, it has meant technology innovators seeking a better quality of life for us all.

This trip takes you from San Jose, Silicon Valley’s high-tech hub, south along the Pacific Coast through Santa Cruz, Monterey (Steinbeck stomping ground), and Carmel. It then heads inland and north again to Salinas---the so-called Salad Bowl of the World and the birthplace of a great American writer and many of his story ideas.

From Salinas, you could continue north on Highway 101 to San Juan Bautista, known for its historic mission; Gilroy, famous for its garlic; and back up to San Jose---adding another 50 miles or so and completing a full loop Although the distances and driving times are short, this is a trip to savor at a slower pace.

Stop #1:

The Tech Museum of Innovation
San Jose, California

Stop #2:

San Jose Museum of Art
San Jose, California

Stop #3:

Winchester Mystery House
San Jose, California

Stop #4:

San Jose, California

Stop #5:

Henry's Hi-Life
San Jose, California

Stop #6:

Dolce Hayes Mansion
San Jose, California

Stop #7:

Coyote Valley RV Resort
San Jose, California

Stop #8:

Natural Bridges State Beach
Santa Cruz, California

Stop #9:

Roaring Camp Railroads
Felton, California

Stop #10:

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz, California

Stop #11:

El Palomar
Santa Cruz, California

Stop #12:

Santa Cruz Harbor RV Park
Santa Cruz, California

Stop #13:

West Cliff Inn
Santa Cruz, California

Stop #14:

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey, California

Stop #15:

Cannery Row
Monterey, California

Stop #16:

Pacific Biological Laboratories
Monterey, California

Stop #17:

Portola Hotel & Spa
Monterey, California

Stop #18:

Carmel Walks
Carmel, California

Stop #19:

Carmel Municipal Beach
Carmel, California

Stop #20:

Anton & Michel
Carmel, California

Stop #21:

Cottage Restaurant
Carmel, California

Stop #22:

National Steinbeck Center
Salinas, California

Stop #23:

The Steinbeck House
Salinas, California

Stop #24:

First Awakenings
Salinas, California

Stop #25:

Betabel RV Park
San Juan Bautista, California

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