Palomar Mountain, in north-central San Diego County, is not just a great place to visit, it’s also a place to see the history of astronomy—the 200-inch Hale telescope.
Kids and adults who have a thing for space will love visiting a place where human exploration of space was advanced long before the first human orbited the earth in 1961. The telescope was state-of-the-art when it opened in 1947 and is still providing new scientific discoveries today.
The complex of telescopes is run by Caltech and includes a great visitor center. The short answer on how to get there… I-15 to Highway 76 east, left at South Grade (County Highway S-6). It’s a great San Diego day trip.
For more to do on getting there, check out my Journey to the Stars on Amazon Kindle, just $2.99 and goes right into the Kindle app on your phone with a link to Google Maps for directions. There’s also the paper book version, a chapter in the 10-drive Joyrides Around San Diego.