ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- There is a lot more to San Diego than the city
of San Diego. There is also the North County.
Beaches, missions, world- renowned resorts, golf courses, spas,
theme parks, museums -- the list of its visitor attractions is a
The San Diego North County Convention and Visitors Bureau's 1998
Guide and Meeting Planner is available by calling (800) 848-3336.
The 110-page guide represents the area from La Jolla north to
Oceanside and east as far as Julian and Borrego Springs.
The area has four distinct regions -- the coast, an inland
valley, mountains and desert.
The amenities to be found in all four are detailed in the book.
Accommodations, points of interest, calendars of events, shopping
and much more are included in its pages.
Here is a random sampling of the kind of information to be found
in the guide.
Coastal RegionCarlsbad, known as "the Village by the Sea," is the home of
old-world architecture and ambience, a picturesque and serene
coastal oasis, with international-class spas (La Costa, Four
Seasons Aviara) and golf and tennis facilities. Carlsbad Convention
and Visitors Bureau, Phone: (800) 227-5722 or (760) 434-6093Birch Aquarium at Scripps, in La Jolla, houses a variety of
Pacific marine life -- from the waters of the Pacific Northwest as
well as from Mexico and the South Pacific. The aquarium, a part of
the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is open daily from 9 a.m.
until 5 p.m. Admission is $7.50 for adults ($6.50 for seniors), $4
for those age 3 to 17. Scripps Institution, Phone: (619)
Inland RegionFallbrook, known as the avocado capital of the world, is
reachable through country lanes lined with avocado orchards, orange
groves and flower nurseries. The community boasts some of the
finest art and antique stores in the state and some of the best
golf around. Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce, Phone: (760)
728-5845San Diego Wild Animal Park, located in Escondido, is an adjunct
of the San Diego Zoo, an African veldt-style, 2,100-acre wildlife
preserve in which visitors can enjoy a 50-minute monorail safari.
Adult admission costs $18.95 (seniors, $17.05) and children (3 to
11), $11.95. Park hours vary by season. San Diego Wildlife Park,
Phone: (760) 747-8702
Mountain RegionJulian is an old gold-mining town that has preserved its wooden
frontages and sidewalks and its historical Julian Hotel. Guided
tours are available of the now-unworked Eagle and High Peak gold
mines. Julian Chamber of Commerce, Phone: (760) 765-1857. Julian
Information Center, Phone: (760) 765-0707.Mission Santa Ysabel is open daily from 7 a.m. until dusk. It
contains a museum, murals and an Indian burial ground. Mission San
Ysabel, Phone: 760-0810.
Desert RegionBorrego Springs is the gateway to the Anza Borrego Desert State
Park, the state's largest park. It boasts more than 600,000 acres
of nature trails and scenic landscapes. Borrego Springs Chamber of
Commerce, Phone: (800) 559-5524 or (760) 767-5555.