If you live in California (or plan on visiting) and you are looking for a great summer road trip to take this summer, you might want to explore San Diego County.
The following are some roadway adventures to consider as suggested by the San Diego Tourism Authority:
Legendary Highway 101
No highway better represents the carefree, beachside vibe of San Diego and its surf heritage than Historic Highway 101. Its 70 glorious miles of sun-soaked coastline stretch from Oceanside to La Jolla and links to some of SoCal’s best beach towns like La Jolla, Del Mar, Encinitas and Carlsbad. Breathtaking sandy beaches and beautiful cliffs make this iconic highway a must-do adventure.
Oceanside: A classic beach community, Oceanside is the starting point of the 101 in the north and is home to some of California’s best beaches, historical landmarks and distinct SoCal surf culture.
Carlsbad: The quaint “Village by the Sea,” Carlsbad is named after a famous spa in Karlsbad, Bohemia, and offers family-friendly attractions and tons of shopping.
Encinitas: Referred to as “Surftown USA” and home to one of the better surf spots in the world, Encinitas is also a place to relax and get enlightened.
Solana Beach: A cute coastal town that attracts surfers and beachgoers from all over, as well as art and music lovers and shoppers looking for one-of-a-kind items.
Del Mar: Dating back to Hollywood’s Golden Years, Del Mar has been the destination of choice for celebrities, fairgoers and folks who like to enjoy a day at the horseraces.
La Jolla: Spanish for “The Jewel,” La Jolla is a picturesque seaside city that offers an array of arts and culture, attractions and even natural wonders.
The Hills – Highway 80
There are 150 miles between San Diego and Yuma, Arizona, where Historic Highway 80 winds through the scenic and rolling hills of San Diego’s East County. Along the nostalgic route are various eclectic towns and roadside attractions to explore:
Visitors can visit the Olaf Wieghorst Western Heritage Center in El Cajon, pay homage to artist Olaf Wieghorst, the “Dean of Western Art,” who lived in San Diego for more than 40 years. The museum exhibits his paintings portraying the 19th century American West, including cowboys, Native Americans and old-time settlers.
Travelers can take in the beautiful scenery, as well as the natural hot springs, at Jacumba Hot Springs, a small area offering pools of mineral water high in sodium, calcium and magnesium, that some say have healing properties for the body.
Mountain High – Highway 79
Highway 79, which begins in the East County town of Descanso and continues 45 miles north to Warner Springs, is a good way to explore San Diego’s mountain communities.
Start with Lions, Tigers & Bears in Descanso a non-profit rescue facility dedicated to providing a safe haven for abandoned and unwanted animals such as exotic big cats, wild bears and more. The animal reserve lets animals live out their remaining days in a safe and caring environment while also educating the public about some of nature’s wildlife. Tour reservations are required.
The lovely mountain town of Julian, founded during the Gold Rush of 1869, is known for yummy apple pies and cider from local orchards, and a unique Main Street comprised of Victorian and Old West architecture, antique shops, a general store, country-style restaurants and bakeries. There’s also gold panning at the Eagle and High Peak Gold Mines if you’re so inclined.
Wherever you decide to take your road trip this summer make sure your vehicle is tuned up, gassed up, and ready to take to the many highways and byways safely.
Source: San Diego Tourism Authority