If you are willing to drive a short distance from your Carlsbad vacation rental, there are many interesting attractions that you can visit. Some of these attractions are excellent day trip destinations, and you can spend an entire afternoon taking part in fun and adventurous activities or experiencing the rich cultural and historical heritage of Southern California. Here are 3 highly recommended Southern California day trip destinations.
1. Legoland California
If you are vacationing with your family, one of the places that you must visit in Southern California is Legoland. Opened in 1999, this 128-acre amusement park promises lots of fun and excitement for both children and adults. Legoland California is the first Legoland that was established in the United States, and many parts of it are made of Lego bricks. There are more than 50 different family rides for you to try, as well as interactive attractions and live shows. The amusement park is divided into a number of main sections, which include The Beginning, Duplo, Dino Island, Fun Town, Village Green, Miniland USA, Castle Hill, Pirate Shores, Land of Adventure, Imagination Zone and the Legoland Water Park. Legoland California is situated about 4 miles south of the downtown Carlsbad. If you need directions to get there, you can ask the staff at your Carlsbad vacation home for help.
2. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
The Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is one of the most popular attractions in San Diego. This historic park offers an excellent opportunity for you to learn about the early history of San Diego. As you walk around the park, you will get to see 5 original adobe buildings, a number of restored historic structures and early 20th century buildings. Some of the notable buildings that you will come across include The Historic Plaza, La Casa de Estudillo, La Casa de Machado y Stewart, Mason Street School and the San Diego Union Printing Office. You can also explore museums, visit a blacksmith shop and take part in some early San Diego activities. To get to San Diego from your Carlsbad vacation home, you have to drive about 30 miles south on Interstate 5.
3. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
If you are interested in nature and outdoor activities, you should go on a day trip to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. This park has an area of 600,000 acres, and it is known as the largest state park in the state of California. It has 12 wilderness areas altogether, as well as more than 500 miles of dirt roads. If you want to go hiking, the park has an extensive network of trails that cover a total distance of about 110 miles. When you are exploring the park, you may see interesting animals such as the Desert Bighorn Sheep, Kit Fox, Greater Roadrunner, Black-Tailed Jackrabbit, Kangaroo Rat, Mule Deer and Golden Eagle, as well as many interesting plants.
If you want to find a good and affordable Carlsbad vacation home, you should take a look at the options that are available at the VacationHomes website. Make use of search filters, such as type of accommodation, attractions and amenities, to locate a suitable rental.