Exploring Escondido, CA
Collected by Rajam Roose , AFAR Local Expert
Situated just north of San Diego in a small valley ringed with hills, Escondido is one of the oldest settlements in San Diego County. But it also has some delightful new haunts...
Famous for bringing the world the likes of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Stone Brewing is nothing if not cheeky. This is, after all, the first American craft brewer bold enough to open an outpost in Germany, a country steeped in beer-making tradition. But...
2470 Melru Ln, Escondido, CA 92026, USA
Escondido has the only flying trapeze school in San Diego county. It was a fortunate accident that the owner, Dave, became interested in trapeze arts. He was at a little league game with his son and a couple of the team members were late, when he...
1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido, CA 92029, USA
Vintana Wine and Dine is a unique restaurant that was built on top of a Lexus car dealership. This grand interior has really high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows that overlook the water feature at the dealership as well as the mountains in...
8447, 2499 Melru Ln, Escondido, CA 92026, USA
Deer Park Monastery is tucked away in the hills of Escondido and is based on the Buddhist traditions of the famous Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. It is a sister monastery to Plum Village in France, where Thich Nhat Hanh resides....
15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027, USA
While tourists flock to the world-famous San Diego Zoo, its Safari Park—located 30 miles away in the San Pasqual Valley—is equally interesting. Spread over 1,800 acres, it’s home to more than 3,500 animals and 260...
113 E Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025, USA
The unique thing about this restaurant is that everything is cooked on a plank and you can even choose the meats, cheeses and sauces to create your own meal. The flavors are amazing and after you eat- or before- you can stroll along East Grand...
Lake Hodges, San Diego, CA, USA
You just see dry, desert scrub landscape, and then this beautiful blue gem appears! Lake Hodges is a reservoir, so you aren't allowed to swim in it (human waste particles are too small for the filtration system). But you are allowed boating and...
650 S Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025, USA
Lourdes is known in San Diego county for their yummy chicken soup. People come from all over just for the soup- my husband, who loves chicken, always wants to stop here whenever we pass through on our way home from a vacation. If you're in the...
Daley Ranch, Escondido, CA, USA
Daly Ranch is over 3,000 acres of about 25 miles of hiking, biking and horse riding trails. Most of the trails give great views of Escondido and the surrounding countryside. We also enjoy the large granite boulders pitted from intrusive formations...
903 S Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025, USA
San Diego may be a far cry from the cronut haven in New York, but Peterson’s Donut Corner gives the specialty treat a run for its money with its “cropuff”—you heard that correctly, a cream puff cronut. But don’t fret, if you’re not into the cronut...
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