Description - This route offers views of the Pacific Ocean and the historic harbor facility at Moss Landing and the agricultural area around Castroville famous for its production of artichokes.
- Situated between the Gabilan mountain range on the east and the Santa Lucia range on the west, the Salinas Valley includes the city of Salinas and extensive agricultural land, with a number of smaller, but rapidly growing, towns along the length of the valley. The Salinas Valley is known as the "Salad Bowl of the World" because it produces so many fruits and vegetables, including lettuce, broccoli, artichokes, strawberries and carrots. As one drives along Route 156, this beautiful agricultural vista opens up before your eyes.
Recreation - The Route 156--Monterey County is known for it's cultural, historical, natural and scenic attractions.
Climate - During spring and fall the sun shines 80 percent of the time. Summer fogs can be thick and cool, while fall brings "Indian summer" and temperatures in the high 80s. Most of the precipitation comes in the winter in the form of rain, turning the golden hillsides green.
This byway is located in Monterey County, on California's Central Coast. It extends from 1 mile east of Castroville to State Route 101 near Prunedale.
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