Squeeze One Last Vacation this Summer: Explore California


We have branches located throughout California, from Camarillo to La Mesa, so we thought it might be interesting to share some vacation spots throughout California. Since, summer is almost over, we thought these breathtaking spots might give you a reason to squeeze some vacation time in before the end of summer. Or if time is short, plan for next year’s vacation.


1.       Joshua Tree - I’m sure you’ve heard of Joshua Tree, a popular spot for camping, hiking, biking, and of course, taking in the ancient and beautiful landscape. We recommend camping at one of the campsites located in Joshua Tree, like Indian Cove or Hidden Valley.  But, if you’re more inclined to the finer things in life, the town of Joshua Tree offers all the accommodations you might require, including unique hotels and delicious restaurants.

Find out more at https://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm


2.       Crystal Cove - Crystal Cove is a wonderfully unique beach located in Laguna Beach, a quick 25 minutes away from our Laguna Hills Branch. The beach is absolutely breathtaking and stepping into the historic district feels like traveling into the 1940’s. Although, it’s difficult to land one of cottages Crystal Cove has for public use, there are also campsites and even primitive campsites which require a 3-mile hike to reach. Even if you are unable to reserve a cottage or a campsite, Crystal Cove is a wonderful place to hike and walk around the beach, even if it is just for a day trip.

For more information and for pictures visit: http://www.crystalcovestatepark.org/


3.       Carlsbad - We wanted to highlight the surrounding area around our Carlsbad branch. It offers a beautiful beach vibe with an interesting downtown. The beaches in Carlsbad are gorgeous and a must-see for any Californian resident. The downtown of Carlsbad is an extremely unique coastal town with plenty of shops, artwork, and beautiful Victorian-style architecture. Also, don’t forget to check out the Carlsbad flower fields as well!

Find out more at: https://visitcarlsbad.com


4.       Julian - Julian is another unique spot located a little way from San Diego. The town itself feels like you are stepping into a western movie. There are also plenty of activities to help you feel like a pioneer. Including, exploring an old mine, visiting the Pioneer Museum, and the town itself is a semi-ghost town with buildings built in the late 1800s’. You feel just like Doc Holiday or Wyatt Earp roaming the streets of Julian.  Julian also offers some of the most beautiful campsites and hiking areas in all of California.

For more information and for pictures visit: https://www.desertusa.com/cities/ca/julian.html


5.       San Clemente- San Clemente is another incredible spot located a short distance from our Laguna Hills branch. The San Clemente Pier is the most popular spot to check out if you are visiting San Clemente. We think every California resident should experience the San Clemente Pier at sunset at least once in their lifetime. With trails, outlets, beaches, surfing, bars, spas, gardens, among a long list of other activities, there is something for everyone in San Clemente.

For more information visit: http://san-clemente.org/


By venturing outside and exploring your surrounding cities and towns you can enrich your life and gain a better understanding. Gaining a broad view of the communities that surround your own provides a deeper meaning of home to you and your family, once you return. A house is only a house, but one day, someday, it turns into a home.