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Escondido, which means “hidden” in Spanish, is indeed tucked away in a long, shallow valley ringed by rocky coastal mountains. One of the oldest destinations in San Diego County, this historic community has small-town charm but big-city buzz, offering cultural attractions, natural splendor, and an exciting food scene. But the most famous spot in Escondido may be San Diego Zoo Safari Park—an 1,800-acre wildlife preserve that’s home to over 300 species, including cheetahs, rhinoceros, elephants, California condors, zebras, and lions—where visitors can go on safari, see an educational show, or zipline through the park. Escondido also boasts a vibrant arts and culture scene with several notable hot spots: The California Center for the Arts, Escondido highlights world-class entertainment and art, while the whimsical Queen Califia’s Magical Circle showcases beautiful mosaic sculptures in an expansive garden. There’s no shortage of outdoor destinations, either, between Dixon Lake, Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, and Del Dios Highlands Preserve. Between it all, Escondido really does offer something for everyone....Read More
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