Just a short drive from the Pacific Ocean, the Salinas area enjoys a coastal climate that's close to ideal. Nicknamed the "Salad Bowl of the World," the Salinas Valley is an agricultural powerhouse, producing 80% of the nation's vegetables. The city of Salinas has an emerging arts scene led by the First Fridays Art Walk -- a free monthly event celebrating art, music, dance, literature, and more. If you're into sports, the Salinas Sports Complex is a major stop on the professional rodeo circuit, and is also home to football games, soccer games, and motor events, as well as concerts and festivals. Settle in Salinas and see why the city motto is "rich in land, rich in values."