Palomar Mountain State Park

San Diego

To stretch your legs after visiting the ridgetop Palomar Observatory, nearby Palomar Mountain State Park has forested hikes along panoramic-view trails where wildflowers bloom in early summer.

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1. Palomar Observatory

0.29 MILES

High on Palomar Mountain, at an elevation of 5500ft to avoid light pollution, the Palomar Observatory is simply spectacular – as large as Rome’s Pantheon, with…

2. Leoness Cellars

16.05 MILES

Twenty minutes' drive from Front St, this winery offers award-winning viognier and melange de rêves, plus sweeping views from its sort-of-Teutonic tower.

3. San Diego Zoo Safari Park

16.91 MILES

Take a walk on the 'wild' side at this 1800-acre open-range zoo, sibling of the San Diego Zoo, in the suburban San Pasqual Valley. Giraffes graze, lions…

4. Wilson Creek

18.24 MILES

This place makes almond champagne (infused with almond oil in the fermentation process) and a chocolate-infused port.

5. Longshadow Ranch

18.57 MILES

A nice stop if you’ve got children in tow; the kids can look at Clydesdales at this 'Old West'-style tasting room, while mommy and daddy sip. They have…

6. Front St

19.76 MILES

Old Town Front St’s turn-of-the-last-century storefronts and wooden sidewalks make for an attractive stroll – pick up the Historic Old Town Temecula…

7. Temecula Valley Museum

19.84 MILES

Just off Old Town Front St, this one-room museum tells the history of the region through artifacts from the Native American Luiseño people through to the…

8. Eagle Mining Co

23.3 MILES

Pan for gold and be regaled with tales of the hardscrabble life of the town’s early pioneers during an hour-long underground tour through the former Eagle…