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Popular Attractions near Southern California

If you're a first time visitor to Southern California, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but it may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about attractions near Southern California.

What are some good attractions near Southern California?

Here are some of the most recommended attractions near Southern California.

Gems of Pala Inc
35940 Magee Rd Pala, CA (760) 742-1356
Palomar Mountain
San Diego County, CA
Deer Park Monastery
2499 Melru Ln Escondido, CA (760) 291-1003
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road Escondido, CA (760) 747-8702
Queen Califia's Magical Circle
Escondido, CA (760) 839-4691
Leoness Cellars
38311 De Portola Rd Temecula, CA (951) 302-7601
Mother Earth Brew Co
2055 Thibodo Rd, Ste H Vista, CA
Temecula Olive Oil Company
28653 Old Town Front Street Temecula, CA (951) 693-0607
Aztec Brewing Co. / Seven Nations Brewing Co.
2330 La Mirada Dr. Suite 300 Vista, CA (760) 598-7720
Potato Chip Rock
Mount Woodson Road Ramona, CA
Mount Woodson Trail
Mount Woodson Trail Poway, CA
Calavera Nature Preserve
4028 Peninsula Dr San Diego County, CA
Mission San Luis Rey
4050 Mission Ave San Diego County, CA (760) 757-3651
Alga Norte Community Park
6565 Alicante Rd San Diego County, CA (760) 268-4777

Here's what Trippy members had to say about attractions:

"Wine country in Temecula is fun - if it's Saturday or Sunday visit the Gems of Pala Inc (11 miles from Temecula) and buy a bucket of dirt for $20 - then sift for tourmalines!"  See More

"Palomar Mountain makes for great hiking, although it's a good hour and a half from town."  See More

"I have stayed at Deer Park Monastery and enjoyed the daily routine of meditation and quiet time."  See More

"Day 2: SeaWorld for one day (Lego land is more for small kids or supre lego fans) / San Diego Zoo and San Diego Safari Park (Inside Gate)."  See More

"Further afield is the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (part of the San Diego Zoo) where many of the zoo's wildlife conservation programs are."  See More

"On the way to Vegas, stop by Queen Califia's Magical Circle in Escondido - it's a delightful mosaic sculpture garden of mythical serpents and maze that not too many people know about (**check with the website to see if it's open - it's been under renovation for more than a year"  See More

"If you are looking for good dinner restaurants, I would recommend Public House (Public House ) if you want somewhere in (nearer the Freeway) or if you want somewhere at the wineries, I would recommend the Restaurant at Ponte (Ponte Winery ) or Leonesse Winery (Leoness Cellars ) for semi-upscale and if you're looking for more casual, I would recommend MOUNT PALOMAR WINERY's Shorty's Bistro , Robert Renzoni (see above) or Cougar Vineyard And Winery 's on-site deli."  See More

"Mother Earth Brew Co is always good as well as Port Brewing."  See More

"This may be slightly out of the way, but Temecula Olive Oil Company is pretty cool."  See More

"Vista: Mother Earth Brew Co, Aztec Brewing Co / Seven Nations Brewing Co"  See More

"Wild Animal Park (part of San Diego Zoo) is wonderful for all ages San Diego Zoo Safari Park; Old Town and San Diego trolley tours, hop on and off Old Town San Diego and hike to potato chip rock Potato Chip Rock, mission trails regional park Mission Trails Regional Park; Torrey Pines State Reserve Torrey Pines State Park; Mt Palomar observatory and hiking Palomar Mountain; Julian and Julian Pie Company"  See More

"During the day I suggest a beach day on the beach outside Hotel Del Coronado and a hike on the Mount Woodson Trail , Torrey Pines and/or Sunset Cliffs."  See More

"If you want to go swimming without freezing in the ocean, the Alga Norte Community Park aquatic center is only $5 to get in and is actually a really nice place to hang out and swim or just lay in the sun."  See More

"The best ones are Mission San Juan Bautista, Mission San Juan Capistrano, La Purisima Mission State Historic Park and Mission San Luis Rey."  See More

Mentioned in this answer:
  1. Gems of Pala Inc
  2. Palomar Mountain
  3. Deer Park Monastery
  4. San Diego Safari Park (Inside Gate)
  5. San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  6. Queen Califia's Magical Circle
  7. Leoness Cellars
  8. Mother Earth Brew Co
  9. Temecula Olive Oil Company
  10. Aztec Brewing Co. / Seven Nations Brewing Co.
  11. Potato Chip Rock
  12. Mount Woodson Trail
  13. Calavera Nature Preserve
  14. Mission San Luis Rey
  15. Alga Norte Community Park
Where can I find out more about Southern California?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about Southern California.

If you've changed your mind and decided to go somewhere else, go to the main page and explore where to stay in any city.

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