With the long holiday weekend — and week — there’s nothing better than a family drive day trip. The Joyride Guru day trips have three perfect places to visit in San Diego County.

  • Jaunt to Julian: There’s no snow, but the classic San Diego day trip is the drive to Julian, elevation 4,200 feet. 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.
  • Towering Old Highway: Here’s a favorite from when I was a kid. The well-preserved former U.S. 80 in eastern San Diego County has all the charms of driving on an old country highway. Generally devoid of traffic, it has gentle curves with spectacular vistas in terrain ranging from high desert to mountain pines to California coastal hills. Desert View Tower is a must-see that isn’t like anything on Route 66.
  • Quintessential California: With huge King tides rolling in off the Pacific, enjoy a drive through the coastal communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Leucadia, Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Solana Beach, Del Mar, and Torrey Pines. It’s been thrilling visitors since before there were automobiles.

Check out these drives — and more — at Joyride Guru central on the Amazon Kindle store.


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