One of the best things about California is that there are plenty of cool towns and cities that you can visit. It is so large that it covers nearly 900 miles along the Pacific Coast from the Mexican border. You are almost guaranteed to find a small town along along the way. My road trips have taken me up and down, east and west of the state. I have driven both long and short trips and always enjoy passing through towns that are both small and historical.
Home to California's best homemade pies! Julian is best known for its ever so delicious pies! You will find several bakeries and diners offering pies and more pies. They even have an annual event called Taste of Julian that includes a delectable culinary tour of all the local fine restaurants and dining establishments. Lovers of adventure journey east of San Diego to the mountains for the annual snowfall and charm of this lovely small town. This southern California area is also part of the Gold Rush era that began in 1869 when gold was discovered and mining flourished. The discovery of gold was a significant event in helping establish the town of Julian.
It’s called ‘City in the Country’ and this quaint country town has deep roots of history. Pictographs illustrated on several artifacts found along the Poway Creek; indicating these paintings date back into the 16th centuries. More history in Poway also includes unique structures such as the historic Queen Anne Victorian Chapel built in 1887 and is available for meetings, weddings, and other special events.
Poway offers an abundance of nature, charm, and adventure. My favorite adventure spot in Poway is Mount Woodson and Potato Chip Rock. Lake Poway is also an amazing place to enjoy a hike, picnic, boating and fishing.
Ramona is a small town located in the countryside about an hour drive east of San Diego. Here you will find no shortage of scenic wineries, art galleries, and special country shops. Actually, it is home to more than 30 wineries. After a few visits to this town, I am not surprised to learn that Ramona is big on art. There is a map that illustrates the locations of the murals throughout Ramona.
This town is so cool, you will even find a camel dairy farm along the way called Oasis Camel Dairy.
I fell in love with this small town in the mountains during my first time visit to Mammoth. This quaint small community packs a punch when it comes to all around adventure and fun! Believe me when I say your itinerary will be full when visiting this place! Although your adventure might include skiing and snowboarding in the winter; there is also hiking, biking, camping, and fishing to enjoy during the other seasons. Oh, you must not miss out on the fun at The Village at Mammoth. Here, you will enjoy outdoor concerts, food festivals, outdoor yoga, and plenty of shopping!