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East County

San Diego's wild and wonderful backyard

San Diego's East County wilderness is one of the most diverse areas in the county featuring rolling hills, majestic mountains, sparkling lakes, deep canyons and desert landscapes plus Indian casino gaming. 

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Get outside and discover your wild side

In sharp contrast to San Diego's beaches to the west, the rolling hills, majestic mountains, sparkling lakes and deep canyons make east county one of the most diverse areas in San Diego County to explore. The area offers hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing and camping in the vast and beautiful wilderness. Spend an afternoon hiking Cowles Mountain, mountain biking through Mission Trails Regional Park, strolling along Lake Murray or fishing on El Capitan Reservoir. For flower lovers, don’t miss the spring wildflower bloom in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, where a blanket of color covers the desert floor.  

In addition to outdoor adventures, East San Diego County boasts plenty of entertainment. Sizzling Las Vegas-style Native American casinos, luxurious resorts tucked right into the rugged landscape, challenging golf courses built around natural obstacles, historic sites and highways, and annual festivals and rodeos can be enjoyed, all within the expansive landscape of this California wilderness country.

A favorite day trip in East San Diego is to the historic mining town of Julian. Set against the backdrop of the Cuyamaca Mountains and countless apple orchards, this friendly, walk-back-in-time town is as famous for its apple pie as it is for its collection of gold mines (several offer tours geared toward children). Julian has a variety of restaurants, bed & breakfast hideaways, antique stores, art galleries, nearby hiking and nature walks, along with the California Wolf Center for conservation.

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Getting to East County

East County is an expansive region, encompassing more than three quarters of San Diego County. The area can be accessed by heading east on Interstate 8, and California highways 94 and 52, 78 and 76. If you have a few hours, head up to the mountains and into the desert - Julian and Borrego Springs can be accessed from Highways 78 (off Interstate 15) and 79 (off Interstate 8). A bit closer to the city center, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, El Cajon and Santee can be reached via the Orange or Green lines of the San Diego Trolley.

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San Diego Casinos

Try your had with lady luck at one of the many Indian Las Vegas style gaming casinos.

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Explore Julian

This historic mountain hideaway is rich with natural beauty and entertaining adventures, whether you want to take a day trip in search of sublime apple pie or get away for a romantic weekend in the tranquility of the great outdoors.

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Wine Tasting in Ramona

Eight great Ramona Valley wineries that are worth a try.

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San Diego Restaurant Week

Jan 19 - Jan 26, 2020

The Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, January 19 through Sunday, January 26 for a delicious dining experience! With more than 180 participating restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County, you’re sure to find the perfect place to satisfy any craving.

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PRIVATE SHUTTLED COASTAL GEMS TOUR

Mar 7, 2019 - ongoing

Breezy palm trees, captivating coastal vistas, postcard perfect cliffs, colorful beach umbrellas, hidden sea caves, picturesque ocean coves, crashing waves... Need we say more? This is the quintessential southern California beach and seascape tour you’ve always wanted to do. On this private tour, check out the affluent lifestyle of La Jolla with its Mediterranean architecture, unmatched coastline and delightful wildlife. Experience primo Southern California beach culture at a bustling three-mile boardwalk filled with skateboarders, runners, inline skaters, bikers, and sun worshippers as well as one of the top surfing spots on our 70 miles of picturesque coastline. Step back in time viewing Coronado’s charming beaches, elegant residences; and partake in other seaside surprises! 

Live the California Dream!

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Historical Skits

Feb 2, 2019 - ongoing

Julian Doves & Desperados

In town every Sunday the famed Julian Doves & Desperados, weather permitting, will perform a skit at 2pm in front of the Historic Julian Jail.   Fun for all ages. Meet the characters, Captain Cooper, Sadie Cashman, Doc Hopkins, Snake, Abigail Scott and Gypsy Davenporte. Sponsored by the Julian Chamber of Commerce. For Information: (760) 765-1857

*Weather permitting.

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Santa at the Lakes

Dec 8, 2019

Santa Claus, snow sledding, carnival rides, smores, food, face painting, arts, crafts and so much more! Come spend the day at Santee Lakes at this family-friendly event that has become a holiday favorite.

A special addition to our event is Storybook Island; meet your favorite characters on a beautiful island - be ready to get an autograph! 

$10 will park your entire car full of merrymakers and tickets are $1 with most activities ranging from 1-8 tickets.

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San Diego Casinos

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Wine Tasting in Ramona

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San Diego Restaurant Week

Jan 19 - Jan 26, 2020
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PRIVATE SHUTTLED COASTAL GEMS TOUR

Mar 7, 2019 - ongoing
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Historical Skits

Feb 2, 2019 - ongoing
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Santa at the Lakes

Dec 8, 2019
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Oyster Monday

Rockin' Baja Coastal Cantina - Gaslamp
Valid: May 29, 2019 - ongoing

All day on Monday, We serve up freshly shucked Oysters for only $1 each. Minimum of 3, per order. While they last.

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Whole Lobster Wednesday!

Rockin' Baja Coastal Cantina - Gaslamp
Valid: May 29, 2019 - ongoing

Whole, Flash Fried, Baja Style Lobster served w/ Rice, Beans, Tortillas & Honey Chili Butter. Only $24.99, Every Wednesday! While they last.

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Five Star Tours & Charter Bus Company
Valid: Feb 8 - ongoing

Receive 3% off our Motor Coach Charter Services.

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