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By Deb Flomberg

rsz saltonsea The Trip From Salton Sea To Escondido Provides A Beautiful Afternoon Drive

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Sometimes, the best way to relax after a long week is to go for a lovely scenic drive. Luckily for you, there are so many beautiful places in California that provide amazing views and a picturesque drive. One of the best drives in the southern California area is from the Salton Sea to Escondido.

You’ll start your drive at the southwest end of the Salton Sea, taking 78 west from the junction at 86. This part of the drive will provide you with some amazing views of mountains and dry rivers, with miles and miles of sand, all part of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Keep your eyes open on this part of the drive, as you may spot the endangered California fan palm, as well as foxes, mule deer, roadrunners, eagles, coyotes, jackrabbits and more. Plus there even some areas of this desert that are home to the desert bighorn sheep. Those are a lot tougher to spot though, as they tend to keep their distance.

Continuing on that drive you will pass through some lovely little towns like Julian, California. With a population of just over 1,621 people, this small town is a historic district known for its apple pie and quaint antique stores lining both sides of Main Street. Or stop by Ramona, California and visit the different museums that highlight the history of this fascinating little town. 

From Ramona you’ll follow the road to the right to head straight on to Escondido, which is itself a great little city to visit. There is a burgeoning arts scene in Escondido complete with many galleries and the California Center for the Arts, which has two theaters and a visual arts museum. Be sure to drive by the historic center of the city with the original library, and a lot of great glimpses back in time.

This entire round trip is about 60 miles, so it is the perfect way to enjoy a surprise afternoon off or a weekend drive as a family. Be sure to make the drive in your E63 AMG 4Matic Sedan from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. After all, you’ll want to make a drive like this is total comfort, and there is nothing like a Mercedes-Benz when it comes to comfort.  

Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.

This is a “sponsored post,” meaning the company who sponsored the article compensated me for writing the article. The opinions I have expressed, however, are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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