North County Inland
Starting with the Miramar Air Base (where the movie Top Gun was filmed), a series of communities have evolved around the I-15 freeway, with extends from the southernmost border of San Diego to Riverside County. From suburban to country, each of these communities has a niche and is often characterized by lakes, groves, a golf courses or all three.
Rancho Peñasquitos, which means "little cliffs" in Spanish, is named after the first Spanish Land grant in the country. Family oriented PQ abuts the Los Peñasquitos canyon open space preserve with its hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.
Ranchero Bernardo is a Senior haven and has a 24-hole executive golf course that was voted one of the best in the U.S. Adjacent Poway is horse country, also known for its superior schools. Escondido is an older town that has been revitalized with trendy restaurants and an art enclave.
The further north you go, the more rural it becomes, with large ranches in Vally Center that were a natural outgrowth of this town's two acre minimum lot size. Then there is Fallbrook, the friendly village, also known as the "avocado capital of the world." Indian land and very successful Indian casinos are found in this northernmost region.
Vista has a vastly diverse population with one of Southern California's only two japanese American culture centers, and is home to California State University San Marcos and Palomar Community College. Bonsall, once a quiet farming community, has developed into a residential town surrounded by lush foothills, golf courses, farms, and parkland.
Into the hills you go, into Ramona and Julian, where snow still falls and autumn is welcomed with the tantalizing aroma of fresh apple pies.
Route 78 runs from the I-15 freeway to the I-5 freeway and offers housing starts as well as major retailers.
Horse Trails in San Marcos