Escondido, California


This city is located in San Diego County, 30 miles northeast of Downtown San Diego, California. The city occupies a shallow valley ringed by rocky hills. It was founded in 1888, and is one of the oldest cities in San Diego County.

Places to visit:

  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park– Visitor tours of 1,800-acre wildlife sanctuary with over 300 species of African & Asian animals. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, originally named the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
  • Mount Woodson Trail- This hiking route starts at a lakeside point & ascends 4 m. to the top of Mt. Woodson.
  • Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve- Large park featuring native plants, picnic areas & hiking, biking & equestrian trails
  • Blue Sky Ecological Reserve- Wild 700-acre canyon habitat for myriad flora & fauna, with hiking trails & guided tours.
  • Kit Carson Park- Park with many hiking trails, 3 ponds & several sports fields, plus a 5-acre arboretum.
  • San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum- Lively indoor & outdoor museum providing interactive educational exhibits for children.
  • Queen Califia’s Magical Circle- Walled art space in Kit Carson Park featuring large-scale mosaic sculptures. It is one of the last works of Franco-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle.

Places to stay:

  • Motel 6 Escondido- Straightforward budget lodging offering modern rooms & an outdoor pool, plus free parking & coffee.
  • Motel Mediteran- Simple rooms & Jacuzzi suites in a roadside motel with a pool, plus free breakfast, Wi-Fi & parking.
  • Econo Lodge Inn & Suites- Relaxed rooms & suites in a low-key hotel offering free breakfast, an outdoor pool & a hot tub. In addition to free Wi-Fi and free breakfast.
  • Escondido Lodge- Modest hotel with traditional rooms & an outdoor pool, plus free Wi-Fi & continental breakfast.