A whole world of scenic grandeur, fascinating history, and scientific wonder lies just beyond San Diego’s city limits. If you travel north along the coast, you’ll encounter the great beaches for which the region is famous, along with some sophisticated towns holding fine restaurants, great galleries, and museums.
Learn about sea creatures and the history of music in Carlsbad, home of LEGOLAND, LEGOLAND Water Park, and Sea Life Aquarium. If you travel east, you’ll find fresh art hubs in Escondido, home of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, a pair of world-class destination spas, a selection of challenging golf courses, and nightlife in bucolic settings. Inspiring mountain scenery plus beautiful places to picnic and hike can be found in the Cuyamaca Mountains, the historic gold-rush-era town of Julian (now known far and wide for its apple pies), and Palomar Mountain, home of the world-famous telescope. The vast wilderness of the Anza-Borrego Desert holds a repository of ancient fossils like no other, and is also home to one of the most colorful displays of native spring flowers. Just beyond the county limits in Temecula you can savor Southern California’s only developed wine country, where more than three dozen wineries offer tastings and tours.