Julian | San Diego, California

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Julian is a quaint mountain getaway, just an hour east of San Diego County. The historic gold mining town is full of culture and old-world charm that will take you back to a simpler time. Escape from the busy city lifestyle and experience a piece of history. Next time you visit Julian, check some of our favorite spots!

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Julian Gold Rush Hotel

This Victorian-style hotel will take you back to the gold rush era. Built in the 1890s, the Julian Gold Rush Hotel is a nationally registered historic landmark recognized as the oldest continuously operating hotel in Southern California! Reserve the Julian California Bed & Breakfast package for a truly unforgettable experience. The package includes a two-course breakfast, afternoon tea, and a gift basket full of specialty Julian treats. Book your stay online today.

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Cedar Creek Falls

Julian is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty you don’t want to miss. Cedar Creek Falls is a stunning 80-foot waterfall that plunges into a large natural pool, commonly known as “Devil’s Punch Bowl”. The scenic six-mile route takes you through the beautiful backcountry hills of eastern San Diego. The trail is a strenuous hike with little shade, and is not advised for those who are not regularly active. If you decide to take on the challenge, wear a hat and don’t forget to bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

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Eagle Mining Company

Step back in time and experience an authentic, old-fashioned gold mine! Eagle Mining Company offers exciting and informative tours that take you through a mining operation that dates back to the 1870s. Bring the whole family and explore 1,000 feet of underground tunnels, a museum and rock shop, a gold panning facility, picnic areas, and more!

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Bailey BBQ / Julian Brewing Company

After a day full of adventure, indulge in a hearty meal at Bailey BBQ. This local favorite serves up slow smoked, wood pit barbecue and handcrafted brews from Julian Brewing Company. Located right on the main street, the restaurant has been a staple in Julian since the late 1970s. We recommend the burnt ends brisket sandwich with a side of beer battered onion rings. Be sure to come in on Saturday nights for live music and dancing!

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Julian Cider Mill

The Julian Cider Mill has been family owned and operated for over 30 years. Their artisan products, like the local raw local honey and homemade fudge, continue to draw in residents and visitors alike. The famed Julian apple cider is seasonal with the local harvest and is only available between September and January. However, their delicious berry cider is offered year round. Can’t make it to Julian? Call in to place an order and they’ll ship it anywhere in the continental U.S.!

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Julian Pie Company

No visit to Julian would be complete without a slice of that signature apple pie. The Julian Pie Company began in 1986, and has since expanded to two locations and multiple retailers across San Diego. Times may have changed, but the traditions and flavors remain the same. Have a seat out on the patio and enjoy fresh apple pie a la mode. Be sure to order a few pies to take home with you!

Amtrak to SLO | San Luis Obispo, California

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With wineries, art galleries, hiking, and much more, San Luis Obispo has so much to offer! Here’s what not to miss while you’re in town.

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Wineries

SLO is in the heart of wine country. Home to dozens of wineries, the coastal landscape allows for the perfect winemaking conditions. Check out the local wineries and stop by a few of them for a tasting.

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Hiking

The rolling hills of San Luis Obispo are perfect for an afternoon hike with your family. Pick a hike to take and enjoy the picturesque views of the beautiful Central California Coast.

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Art Galleries

San Luis Obispo has plenty of art galleries to explore, plus rotating events featuring local artists. Make sure to see what’s happening while you’re in the area.

National Park Getaway | Yosemite, California

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There are countless ways to enjoy Yosemite. One of the best is by hiking up some of Yosemite’s most famous mountains and waterfalls and the astounding views that go with them! Here are some of the best hikes to take – be sure to bring water and a friend.

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Bridalveil Fall Trail

For an easy day hike, take a hike on the Bridalveil Fall Trail. Bridalveil Fall is one of Yosemite’s most famous and full waterfalls. On summer days, you might even get wet!

Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall Tail

On this hike, you’ll be able to see not one but two beautiful waterfalls. You can choose how far you’d like to go and pick a route accordingly. The Vernal Fall Footbridge is 1.6 miles round trip, Vernal Fall is 2.4 miles round trip, and Nevada Fall is 5.4 miles round trip.

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Half Dome

The hike to Half Dome is extremely strenuous, so it is for expert hikers only. You’ll make your way through a 14-16 mile round trip journey and gain up to 4,800 feet in elevation. When you make it to the finish line of this 10-12 hour hike, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the whole valley and countless waterfalls.

End of Summer in Palm Springs | Palm Springs, California

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Palm Springs is such a great vacation destination because it offers so many different activities for visitors. Here are just some of the many things to do during your time in this great resort town!

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Have a spa day

Palm Springs is especially known for their spas and salons. Pamper yourself for a day with a facial, manicure, massage, or all of the above!

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Go on a day trip

By travelling just a short distance, you’ll find many great areas surrounding Palm Springs. Pick an excursion and head out. We recommend a visit to the quaint mountain town of Idyllwild, which is full of fun shops and delicious local eateries.

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Take a tour

You’ll find countless tours to go on in the area! If you love beer, take a brewery tour. A celebrity tour will show you homes of famous Hollywood stars in Palm Springs. Or, go on a guided desert adventure!