Carlsbad + Northern San Diego County

Carlsbad + Northern San Diego County Travel Guide

Located on 20 acres in Ecke Sports Park overlooking the ocean, the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA is one of the largest and most active YMCAs in the country.

Spiritual seekers find refuge at Self-Realization Fellowship’s temples, ashrams, and meditation centers around the world. Its Mount Washington site serves as the organization’s international headquarters and is aptly named Mother Center.

In the spring, take in the 53 acres of ranunculus blooms at Carlsbad Ranch—one of the most overwhelmingly colorful sights you’ll ever see.

Set in a verdant valley, this public park is named after the scout who assisted Captain John C. Frémont during the government exploring expeditions of the 1840’s. Today, the park has nearly 100 acres developed for public use, as well as another 185 acres preserved as a natural habitat.

A celebration of the famous childhood toy, LEGOLAND California was the first amusement park of its kind to open and the first in the United States.

Located in Escondido, the Stone Brewing Company was founded in 1996 by beer enthusiasts Steve Wagner and Greg Koch. The brewery produces more than 100,000 barrels of beer each year, and that number continues to increase every year.

White rhinos, Sumatran tigers, and California condors are among the 3,500 residents at this renowned safari park, an 1,800-acre extension of the San Diego Zoo. Most of the animals live in free-range enclosures, enabling them to interact as they would in the wild.

Situated along the Pacific Coast, Del Mar Plaza offers 50 upscale restaurants and shops, including the Frustrated Cowboy for western gear and Ooh La La for crystal-embellished blouses, lace-and-ruffle tops, and wildly striped sundresses.

A mainstay on Highway 101 since its opening in 1980, Lou’s Records carries more than 150,000 CD’s and 50,000 LP’s.

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