It’s San Diego’s favorite day trip, a Jaunt to Julian, and it’s the Chapter 5 in Joyrides Around San Diego in print, and one of the Joyride Guru series of Kindle travel tours.

Generations have enjoyed this former gold-mining town’s old-time charm and character, as well as its apple pie. The area also has some of the most enjoyable roads in the region. Author Jack Brandais covers all this in his new Kindle short-read book, Jaunt to Julian, now available on the Amazon Kindle format.

To a San Diego local, “Julian” and “apple pie” inspire images of a trip to the mountains—a charming town, twisting roads, apple pie, occasional snow, and a lot of smiles.

The historic mining town, dating back to the 1850s, is as well known locally as the world-famous San Diego Zoo. It’s one of those places visited by natives and newcomers alike.

While the beach and bay might be the way the world sees San Diego, part of its self-image is this town of about 1,500 people at 4,200 feet in the Laguna Mountains, just over an hour’s drive from central San Diego. If you haven’t been there, you can’t call yourself a San Diegan; it’s the classic San Diego day trip.

Jaunt to Julian
Jaunt to Julian

This Joyride Guru chapter is available in print, part of Joyrides Around San Diego or as a stand-alone Amazon Kindle e-book for just $2.99. Free Kindle apps run on all smart phones, tablets and desktop computers; Kindle pads start at just $99; check out the Kindle Store.

Brandais has been writing about great San Diego roads for more than 30 years, the last 15 years as the “Weekend Driver” columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The drive includes side-trips on some great, twisting country roads in the area, places to hike, picnic, camp, explore old gold mines and, of course, where to get apple pie. He also has tips on visiting Julian when there’s winter snow. A map, plus a link to a Google map, are also included. The Kindle format makes it easy to take with on a drive, with no clumsy pages to turn.

“These drives include written directions that come in handy as some of the places you’ll visit are out of cell range,” said Brandais. “It’s nice to get away from everything, but it helps to be able to return.”

To find all the Joyride Guru books, visit Jack’s author page at


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