North County and Around Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in North County and Around - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Anza-Borrego State Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Today more than 1,000 square miles of desert and mountain country are included in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, one of the few...

Banner Queen Trading Post Gallery

  • Museum/Gallery

Seven miles east of Julian, this gallery reveals a wealth of contemporary art. Five rooms are filled with paintings, photos, sculpture,...

Batiquitos Lagoon

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

While development destroyed many of the saltwater marsh wildlife habitats that once punctuated the North County coastline, this 610-acre...

California Center for the Arts

  • Museum/Gallery

An entertainment complex with two theaters, an art museum, and a conference center, the center presents operas, musicals, plays, dance...

California Surf Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

A large collection of surfing memorabilia, going back to the earliest days of the sport, is on display here, along with old black and...

California Wolf Center

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

This center, just outside Julian, is one of the few places in North America where you can get an up-close view of the gray wolves that...

Cardiff State Beach

  • Beach–Sight

A reef break draws surfers to this beach, popularly known as George's, and there are great cafés and restaurants nearby, such as Las...

Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa

  • Spa–Sight

Remnants from late 1800s, including the original well dug by John Frazier and a monument to him, are found here. The elaborately decorated...

Daley Ranch

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

A 3,058-acre conservation area and historic ranch site is laced with more than 20 miles of multipurpose trails for hikers, mountain bikers,...

Del Mar Beach

  • Beach–Sight

This famously clean 2-mile-long beach is the perfect place for long barefoot walks and sunbathing due to its extremely fine, soft sand...


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