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San Diego has a lot to offer both visitors and residents. A mild climate, beaches, tourist attractions, outstanding educational institutions and more make San Diego one of the more livable places anywhere. San Diego is the second largest city in California and has a diverse economy that attracts more residents all the time. San Diego began as a mission, Mission San Diego, and a fort, Fort Presidio, in 1769 in the place now known as Old Town San Diego. Both of these structures still exist and are now on the National Register of Historic Places. San Diego eventually became the southern terminus of the El Camino Real. During the Mexican-American War, the Battle of San Pasqual was fought there in 1846. By 1850, when California was admitted to the Union, San Diego was incorporated as a town.

For the visitor San Diego is best thought of as a region that encompasses most of San Diego County because the area is so diverse and has so many different things to offer but they are all a part of San Diego. The first area that comes to mind is North County San Diego which includes the area from Temecula to Escondido and San Marcos, west to Fallbrook and Vista then to Oceanside and Carlsbad then south to Encinitas and Del Mar. Until about the mid 80's one could drive from Fallbrook to Carlsbad in the spring and smell the perfumed air of the orange and lemon groves nearby. Since that time things have changed but not so much where rides in the North County are still worth taking. 

One of the best ways to spend an afternoon is to visit Mount Palomar. The fastest way to get there from downtown San Diego is to take Interstate 15 past Escondido to State Route 76 which is about 10 minutes past Escondido. You will turn east for about ten miles and you will come to the Palomar Mountain turn off. Of course you will take this road to Mount Palomar. However you can continue on SR 76 about 7 miles and you will see Lake Henshaw and a beautiful valley with Warner Springs at the far end of the valley.

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