Wander up Palomar Mountain in northern San Diego County via two twisting paved roads or a historic dirt byway. Journey to the Stars passes an historic mission, an open-space park, agricultural areas, and casinos. The top of Palomar is a forested area, unique in the region.
The book, which includes a locator map, photos, a link to a Google map, history of the area and activities, leads drivers to the amazing Palomar Observatory. It’s a great way to take the kids on a country drive.
For the sport tourer—on two wheels or four—all the elements are there: twisting mountain roads, but not so twisty as to scare off commuters. And should you want some unpaved fun, a historic dirt road is one of the three ways to the top of the mountain.
Your journey can include stops at a very historic and genuinely Californian site, the Pala Mission, and a beautiful, isolated canyon in Wilderness Gardens County Park. Adults may enjoy the casinos operated by local Native American tribes for trips without kids.
This day trip from San Diego or southern Riverside County is great for locals or visitors who have already taken in all the great San Diego attractions such as the Zoo and Balboa Park. The start of the drive is about 45 minutes north of central San Diego and 20 minutes south of Temecula. Take your own car, or splurge and rent an SUV for the day.
Part of the new Joyride Guru San Diego County Day Trip series, it’s available on the handy Kindle format for your Kindle tablet or through the app that runs on most smart phones and tablets. The drives all make for perfect San Diego day trips. Get it right now for just $2.99 at the Amazon Kindle store.
It’s Chapter 3 in the print version, Joyrides Around San Diego, so if you’re an Kindle Unlimited member, you can have the drive and directions easily accessible and use Google Maps to navigate. It’s that way now with all chapters in Joyrides.