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.