Are you coming from out of town? Monterey County is a great place to spend a weekend as one of the premiere tourist destinations in California! As a result, there is a myriad of hotels and home rentals available for all types of visitors. Here's some info on areas you can stay:
Salinas (5-15 minutes from North Salinas High) In addition to being the host city of our event, the county seat is known for John Steinbeck and being the Salad Bowl of the World. While the event is on the north side of the city, there are many hotels throughout the city and along highway 101. Most hotels are just 10 minutes away from North Salinas High School.
Monterey (20-30 minutes from North Salinas High) California's first capital, the city of Monterey is home to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, and Fisherman's Wharf. Beyond that, you have access to beaches, scuba diving, kayaking, whale watching, and a myriad of other activities. From inexpensive motels to ocean-front rooms, you'll find an option to fit your needs in Monterey.
Marina (20 minutes from North Salinas High) A rapidly growing town, Marina is a small community located just off the Monterey Bay. You'll find a number of hotels to stay near the Reservation Road downtown, the brand new shopping center on Imjin, or within walking distance to the ocean.
Seaside/Sand City (25 minutes from North Salinas High) Two small towns right next to Highway 1 and the Monterey Bay, Seaside and Sand City have a number of good restaurants, large hotels, and easy access to Salinas and the Monterey Peninsula. Seaside's Embassy Suites is the tallest building in Monterey County.
Pacific Grove (35 minutes from North Salinas High) America's hometown is a small coastal city that prides itself on being a small tight-knit community. With some of the most beautiful coastline on the peninsula and a plethora of beautiful bed and breakfasts, Pacific Grove is where you can stay for the quintessential small town American experience.
Carmel-by-the-Sea (35 minutes from North Salinas High) Known for its breathtaking views, quaint architecture, art community, and one of the most scenic beaches in the county, Carmel is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
Pebble Beach (35 minutes from North Salinas High) Most well known for the Pebble Beach Golf Links from where the area's name comes from, Pebble Beach is a private community with some of the world's most exclusive and challenging golf courses out there. Accommodations are, like its green fees, quite expensive.
Carmel Valley (30 minutes from North Salinas High) Monterey County's answer to Napa and Sonoma, Carmel Valley provides a sunny respite from the fog of the Monterey Bay where you will find a rustic rural community dotted with a number of wineries and tasting rooms. There are a number of hotels and rental homes in the valley.
Big Sur (40 to 90 minutes from North Salinas High) Big Sur is a name given to a large swath of land stretching from Carmel to Morro Bay. With dramatic coastal views, winding roads, and endless hiking and camping opportunities, those staying in Big Sur are likely looking for an outdoor getaway or a stay in one of the area's many cabins for rent.
Gonzales (25 minutes), Soledad (30 minutes), Greenfield (40 minutes) and King City (50 minutes) The towns of South County are, like Salinas, known for their agricultural prowess and access to the area's natural features such as Pinnacles National Park, Arroyo Seco, and Lake Nacimiento. You'll find hotels conveniently located along highway 101 for a quick journey up to North Salinas.