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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery


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

  • 5. Keys Creek Lavender Farm


    In May and June, a visit to this organic lavender farm is worth a detour. A self-guided walk takes you through 6 acres planted with 24 varieties...Read More

  • 6. Mission Santa Ysabel

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    West of Santa Ysabel, this tiny late-19th-century adobe mission continues to serve several local Native American communities. A small museum...Read More

  • 7. Oceanside Harbor


    With 1,000 slips, this is North County's fishing, sailing, and water-sports center. On the south end of the harbor, the Oceanside Harbor Village...Read More

  • 8. Oceanside Pier


    At 1,954 feet, this is one of the longest piers on the West Coast. The water surrounding it is known for its surf breaks and good fishing. A...Read More

  • 9. Palomar Observatory


    Atop 6,000-foot Palomar Mountain, the observatory is owned and operated by the California Institute of Technology, whose astronomy faculty conducts...Read More

  • 10. Queen Califia's Magical Circle

    Public Art

    The last work by sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002), this sculpture garden designed for entertaining children consists of nine totemic...Read More

  • 11. Santa Ysabel Preserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Three Native American tribes operate small farms in this valley, which looks pretty much the way the backcountry appeared a century ago, with...Read More

  • 12. Seagrove Park

    City Park

    Picnics and weddings make this coastal park popular on weekends. For free summer evening concerts and beach access, head to Powerhouse Park...Read More

  • 13. Self-Realization Fellowship Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in 1920 as a retreat and place of worship, the center also offers one of the best views along the Pacific Coast, a sweeping seascape...Read More

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