North County and Around

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

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  • 1. Eagle Mining Company


    Five blocks east of the center of Julian you can take an hour-long tour of an authentic family-owned gold mine from 1870. Displays along the...Read More

  • 2. Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch


    The largest bulb-production farm in Southern California has hillsides abloom here each spring, when thousands of Giant Tecolote ranunculus produce...Read More

  • 3. LEGOLAND California Resort

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    The centerpiece of a development that includes resort hotels, a designer discount shopping mall, an aquarium, and a water park, LEGOLAND has...Read More

  • 4. San Diego Zoo Safari Park


    A branch of the San Diego Zoo, 35 miles to the north, the 1,800-acre preserve in the San Pasqual Valley is designed to protect endangered species...Read More

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  • 5. Swami's


    The palms and the golden lotus-flower domes of the nearby Self-Realization Fellowship temple and ashram earned this picturesque beach, also...Read More

  • 6. Anza-Borrego Desert 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 parks in...Read More

  • 7. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center

    Visitor Center

    Rangers and displays at this excellent visitor center can point you in the right direction. Most of the desert plants also can be seen in the...Read More

  • 8. Banner Queen Trading Post Gallery


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

  • 9. 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 lagoon...Read More

  • 10. Bernardo Winery


    A trip to the oldest operating winery in Southern California, founded in 1889 and run by the Rizzo family since 1928, feels like traveling back...Read More

  • 11. California Center for the Arts


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

  • 12. California Surf Museum


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

  • 13. 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 once...Read More

  • 14. Cardiff State Beach


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

  • 15. Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa


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

  • 16. 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,...Read More

  • 17. Del Mar Beach


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

  • 18. Del Mar Fairgrounds


    The Spanish Mission–style fairground is the home of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club ( ). Crooner Bing Crosby and his Hollywood buddies...Read More

  • 19. Del Mar Plaza


    Along with its collection of high-end shops, the tiered plaza contains outstanding restaurants and fountain courtyards with Pacific views. Some...Read More

  • 20. Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery


    This gallery showcases works by local artists, with regular exhibitions and year-round special events. ...Read More

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