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Escondido may translate as 'secret' in Spanish, but - with wild attractions, beautiful scenery, and an exploding wine scene - the Hidden Valley is the place on everyone's lips. Boasting golden beaches 20 minutes to the west, and scenic mountains 20 minutes to the east, Escondido gets the best of both worlds. Its warmer inland climate helps the city's wine producers in their quest to grow plump, flavorsome grapes and – as you'll taste for yourself - the local wines have a distinctive, full-bodied character to them. The city is also the star of an album by J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton, and - if you're lucky - you too could soon be on The Road to Escondido.

Things to see

See lightening quick cheetahs, furrow-browed gorillas, and eye-wateringly red parrots living free from cages at San Diego Safari Park. There's no better way to get an overview of the entire attraction than to take to the sky and zip-line across it, feeling the wind roaring past your face as curious giraffe look up at you. The Savannah-like planes of the safari park will feel like a distant memory as you ascend to Palomar Mountain State Park, where Palomar Observatory offers an out-of-this-world visit. The main telescope provides a window into deep space, and can look an astonishing 10 billion light years into the sky. Soak in the gorgeous mountain views on the drive up, before touring the facility to learn about the groundbreaking research that's conducted here, high above Escondido. Come back down to earth by strolling along the central Grand Avenue, where the smell of freshly baked bread wafts out from bakeries, and cutlery chinks in busy restaurants. Be sure to visit on a Saturday morning, when you can pick up everything from spiky cacti to plump red tomatoes during the street's lively Farmers' Market.

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Sick of chain hotels? You'll feel at home in Escondido, where boutique options provide a slice of quirky old-time charm. Sleep in bedding decorated with hand-stitched floral patterns, and cook meals using copper pans and antique stoves, in a charmingly old-fashioned room. Don't panic though - you can still enjoy some modern luxuries, like a bubbling outdoor hot tub. If that doesn't appeal, you'll be relieved to know there are also plenty of up-to-date, functional Escondido hotels and motels. Check in early to make the most of their free WiFi, satellite television, and refreshing swimming pools.

Where to stay

Central Escondido is the place to stay if you want to catch a concert at the California Center for the Arts. The building's excellent acoustics help to carry every scrape, pluck, and strum - from its swirling string concerts - directly into your ears. While the hidden valley of Escondido may be well known for its wineries, beer lovers won't feel neglected here. Stay in West Escondido, and you'll be within stumbling distance of the Stone Brewery's restaurant and bar. Take a seat to crack open oaked craft ales - chilled to perfection - while digging into platefuls of duck confit tacos and grilled salmon.

How to get to Escondido

San Diego International is a busy airport, which offers flights to all corners of the US and some international destinations. Rent a car, once you've touched down, or rely on the effective public transport system to get you to Escondido. From San Diego, travel up to the Oceanside Transit Center using either the bus or light rail services, before catching the Sprinter train out to Escondido itself. You can also arrive in Southern California using Amtrak's scenic Pacific Surfliner train, which rolls into Oceanside from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Luis.