a VirtualTourist member from Idyllwild
We will be staying for several days near Jamul, which is inland from San Diego. Does anybody have an recommendations for things to do, places to eat, attractions, etc in that area?
I am very familiar with San Diego proper, so I know much of what there is to do there - I'm looking specifically for info on the interior region.
We are 2 adults and 2 kids, adventurous, outdoors-oriented, lovers of good food, nice parks, odd roadside attractions, etc.
Thanks in advance.
That's very inland. There's not a lot to do in that immediate area, aside from the casinos and going across to Tecate (not much there either). There's some light hiking available in the national forest area around there as well. But I think most of your activities will focus on driving into San Diego.
I think Julian is in the area, so you can head up there to sample some their great pies.
There isn't really much to do around Jamul so if you really want to do anything, you'll have to drive a little bit. There is the Viejas Outlet Mall across the street from Viejas Casino in Alpine if you'd like to do some shopping, and during the summer they have a big fountain that kids can run through, but I don't know if it's too early in the year for it to be running yet. Viejas is really easy to get to since it's right off the 8 Freeway. If you want do drive out even further, there is something called the Desert View Tower in Jacumba. Personally I've never been but I have seen it driving out to Yuma and I've always wanted to stop there. It looks like you can get a great panorama view of the desert from there. More information about it can be found here: roadsideamerica.com/story/91...
Jamul is just southeast of El Cajon. It is a remote and unexciting area but does offer lots in the way of outdoors-oriented adventures. You don't say the age of your kids but I used to take mine out that way for adventures all the time. It is a rual area between the city of El Cajon and as Barry mentioned the mountain town of Julian and beyond that the Anza-Borrego Desert, which is in bloom for the spring right now.
I'd say get yourself a good map and just drive until you find something interesting to anyone in the car. Stop and explore. Before reaching Julian you'll drive through the Cleveland National Forest and past Lake Henshaw--fishing and boating allowed. Past Julian in the Anza Borrego Desert is Agua Caliente, a natural hot-springs, camping site.
There are interesting things to see an do along the roads out in that area especially if you have an adventurous spirit and avid curiosity. Just keep in mind that it is quite rustic in most of the area and very different from the more populated sections of San Diego.
As far as food, it depends on what you like. There are restaurants at the lake, in Julian and a scattered few along the roads to these places, but they mostly are "homestyle" cuisine. El Cajon would be the best place to find "fine" dining.
Hope this helps