It’s Del Mar Fair time, but joining the rest of the traffic on Interstate 5 can be a pain. 

So why not get off the freeway and take the old road on the coast to the seaside fun? And guess what… I’ve got your guide, the Quintessential California chapter in my Joyrides Around San Diego, available at your local bookstore or online, and downloadable individually from Amazon Kindle. 

Parts of the old highway run right along the coast, with cool breezes blowing off the Pacific. Towns from Del Mar to Oceanside still retain their charm. Encinitas, in the old postcard above, doesn’t look much different today. 

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