A scenic drive northeast of downtown, along Interstate 15, reveals peaceful
suburban communities and expansive outdoor spaces suited for hiking and biking.
Here, you’ll find vineyards, pubs, parks and more.
North County Inland
Chef Rob Conaway brings the flavors
of the sea to inland San Marcos, where
you’ll find coastal cuisine, a beachy
SoCal vibe, tropical cocktails and craft
beers on tap in a place where “beer
tastes better when you’re wearing
1001 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos
LEO CARRILLO RANCH
Dozens of peacocks call this beautifully landscaped 27-acre property
home. The former working ranch
features handcrafted adobe buildings,
antique windmills, a reflecting pool
and an abundance of exotic plants.
Admission is free.
6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane, Carlsbad
LAKE POWAY TRAIL
A great hike for beginners, this
moderate three-mile trail in the Lake
Poway Recreation Area serves up
beautiful views, with plenty of rest
areas to stop and admire the scenery.
14644 Lake Poway Road, Poway
RANCHO BERNARDO INN
Relax in splendor with a spa day
pass and get access to the steam
room, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis,
outdoor saline pool and fitness
center for $40/person, Monday
to Thursday. After you’re
thoroughly relaxed, head to
Avant for lunch overlooking
the golf course.
17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive,
Get up close
friends at the
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
Spy rhinos, cheetahs
and giraffes at the wild-est spot this side of the
Serengeti. The park offers a
wide variety of experiences,
ranging from cart safaris to
15500 San Pasqual Valley
Sunset Trail Rides
Saddle up for a romantic horseback ride that
concludes with wine and
cheese at The Ranch at
Bandy Canyon. Morning or
evening trail rides through
the scenic grounds are also
available for adults and
kids as young as seven.
16251 Bandy Canyon
Hot Air Balloon Rides
Sightseeing takes on new
meaning when you’re
soaring 1,500 feet above it
all in a hot air balloon.
San Diego Balloon Rides
offers shared and exclusive
experiences you’ll remember
for a lifetime.
Sip and taste your way through the region’s many wineries,
including Orfila Vineyards & Winery (13455 San Pasqual
Road, Escondido), Altipiano Vineyard and Winery (20365
Camino del Aguila, Escondido), Bernardo Winery (13330
Paseo Del Verano Norte) and Beach House Winery (1534
Sleeping Indian Road, Oceanside). For one-stop shopping,
Holiday Wine Cellar (302 West Mission Ave., Escondido) has
an extensive selection and a self-serve wine bar.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park