King City is a city in the central region of California between San Jose and San Luis Obispo. Considered the mid-way point between Central and Southern California, King City is both a popular pit-stop for drivers, and a nice little town to visit.
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King City is on Highway 101, one of California's main highways, roughly 3 hours north of Santa Barbara and 3 hours south of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is home to the local Highway Patrol, so watch your speed even if just passing by.
Greyhound buses stop at 730 S 1st St.
To find the 'real' town, hop off the freeway on Canal Street and go east to where it dead-ends on Broadway.
To get back on the freeway, continue south on Broadway until it dead-ends in First Street, and circle west back to the freeway.
- 1 Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum, 1160 Broadway St, ☏ . Exhibits are open Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 11AM-4PM, closed M. This museum offers hands-on interpretive exhibits about the region's agricultural heritage and history from 1875 through World War II. The museum complex includes three interpretive buildings: the Exhibit Barn, Olson Blacksmith Shop, the History of Irrigation Museum; the latter two are only open Friday through Sunday. In addition, there are three historic buildings that are only open Friday through Sunday: the Spreckels House (1898), the La Gloria Schoolhouse (1887), and the King City Train Depot (1903). Guided tours are also available Friday through Sunday. $6 per car M-F, $8 per car Sa Su, seniors and walk-ins are free.
- 1 Salinas Valley Fair, 625 Division St (Salinas Valley Fairgrounds). Held annually in early May, the Salinas Valley Fair features rides, cowboys, horse shows, a rodeo, bull riding, fair food, wine tasting, live music, and the Miss Salinas Valley Fair contest. There are also talent shows (advised for those that enjoy teenage dance groups) and 4-H exhibits. Children's activities range from petting zoos to kid's karaoke. $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (60+), $6 for ages 6-17, and free children under 6.
Chain restaurants are located near the freeway and the hotels. For example, just off the northern exit include Taco Bell, McDonalds, and Denny's. There are a number of Mexican restaurants in central King City.
- 1 La Potranca, 201 Broadway St. If you're hungry and just passing through, skip the fast food and instead go for something local. Make your way south on Broadway to Second Street, and stop at a little taco stand for traditional Mexican food and drinks.
- 2 Cork & Plow, 200 Broadway St (exit Highway 101 at Broadway, go east on Broadway; it is between 2nd and 3rd streets), ☏ . Su-Th 11AM-9PM, F Sa 11AM-10PM. Modern restaurant featuring local ingredients, local craft beer, local wine, and specialty cocktails featuring house made mixers and fresh squeezed juices.
- Tice's Potions.
There are several hotels in King City, as it is one of the few cities along U.S. 101 between Paso Robles and Salinas. Many of them are near exits to U.S. 101.
- 1 SureStay Hotel by Best Western King City, 4 Broadway Circle, ☏ , toll-free: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Laundry facility. 100% non-smoking hotel. Extra charge for pets. $90.
- 2 Day's Inn, 1130 Broadway (@US 101), ☏ . Check-in: noon, check-out: 11AM.
- 3 Fireside Inn, 640 Broadway St (at Mildred in central King City), ☏ .
- 4 Keefer's Inn, 615 Canal St, ☏ . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Locally owned independent hotel with 47 rooms. Swimming pool, hot tub, free high-speed Internet, business center, on-site restaurant, free continental breakfast, nice clean rooms. $100.
- 5 Motel 6 King City, 3 Broadway Circle (@ US 101), ☏ , fax: .
- 6 Quality Inn King City Hotel, 1190 Broadway, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. $120.
- 7 Queen Motel, 702 S 1st St, ☏ .
- Soledad — 21 miles north of King City on Highway 101, Soledad is the western gateway to Pinnacles National Park and also home to Mission Soledad, one of 21 historic Spanish missions in California. The town is also home to several wineries, with tasting rooms that offer magnificent views over the Santa Lucia Highlands and the Salinas Valley.
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|Salinas ← Soledad ← Jct W ←||N S||→ Jct E → San Miguel → San Luis Obispo|