North County and Around

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  • 1. Eagle Mining Company

    Mine

    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

    Garden/Arboretum

    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. Old Mission San Luis Rey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Known as the King of the Missions, the 18th, the largest, and the most prosperous of California's missions was built in 1798 by Franciscan friars...Read More

  • 5. San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    Zoo/Aquarium

    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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  • 6. Swami's

    Beach–Sight

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

  • 7. 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 parks in...Read More

  • 8. 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, 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. 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 performances...Read More

  • 11. 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-white...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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 Olas and...Read More

  • 14. 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 stone...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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 and lack...Read More

  • 17. Del Mar Fairgrounds

    Fairground

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

  • 18. Del Mar Plaza

    Store/Shop/Mall

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

  • 19. Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 20. Escondido History Center

    Museum/Gallery

    This outdoor museum adjacent to the California Center for the Arts in Grape Day Park consists of several historic buildings moved here to illustrate...Read More

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