If you’re eager to hit the road again but want to hold off on a long trip that requires lots of advance planning, then scenic Sunday drives are the perfect in-between solution.
Check out these shorter stretches of road that offer all the amazing scenery without any of the commitment.
Just hop in and cruise!
Mountain Charm: South San Diego County
Distance: 42 miles one way
Wind your way through San Diego backcountry and watch as the terrain transitions from desert to dense forest, featuring stunning vistas all along the way.
Start off at the junction of I-8 and Country Road S-1 and follow it all the way to Laguna Mountain then continue on to Julian before making your way back on Highway 79.
Along the Way:
Laguna Mountain Recreation Area: Explore the top of this mountain characterized by forests, meadows, and waterfalls. Take in views that make you forget you’re still in San Diego!
Pacific Crest Trail: Head out on a day hike along the famous Pacific Crest Trail, accessible from Laguna Mountain Recreation Area, with shorter ones that are perfect for the whole family.
Julian: Continue a little further north to explore the small mountain town of Julian known for its charming storefronts, famous apple pie, and world-class stargazing.
Pull off at Desert View, a picnic spot where the arid Anza-Borrego Desert meets the lush Cleveland National Forest to witness a contrast like no other!
After all the fun out on the open road, circle back for a relaxing stay at Villa L’Auberge featuring spacious accommodations overlooking the beautiful Pacific.