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What you should know about El Cajon

Surrounded on every side by mountains, El Cajon is San Diego's easternmost outpost, and an area that gives you a chance to see its different side. Here, the city meets the wilds, the valley rears up into canyons and mountains, and a diverse community of farmers and office-workers, artists, and guitar-makers live and thrive. Many from San Diego's coastal districts may call El Cajon 'The Box'—but its residents prefer to think of it as a crucible for all that's best in the Southwest.

Hotels in El Cajon


Hotels in El Cajon can be divided into 2 groups. You'll find budget hotels and motels in El Cajon's downtown area, especially where Highway 8 meets the San Vincente Freeway. Days Inn San Diego-East is a recommended stay-over for those wanting accommodation in El Cajon that is centrally located and affordable. If you're not looking for low rates, but for something that little bit special, then head to the resorts and ranches in El Cajon's hills. A good example is the Sycuan Golf Resort. A top-quality resort set in a lush mountain landscape, it boasts a golf course, tennis complex, and casino.

Things to see in El Cajon


El Cajon is one of the few parts of urban San Diego with 360-degree vistas of dramatic mountains. Apart from its enviable backdrop, there are many sights to see within this city—starting with the legendary guitar-makers, Taylor Guitars. One of the world's top manufacturers of acoustic guitars, the factory opens its doors for guided visits, so you can see how the beautiful musical instruments are crafted. Another artistic endeavor that El Cajon is rightly proud of is art of the Old West, and there are 2 galleries dedicated to this local art form. First there's the Wieghorst Western Heritage Center, which is housed in Olaf Wieghorst's old adobe house. As well his art it features a wonderful cactus garden. There's also the Art World Western Heritage Gallery on Broadway. Finally, for an insight into the challenges of living in the arid Southwest, a visit to the Water Conservation Garden is both educational and inspiring.

Good for Budget Travelers


El Cajon's discount hotels are a major draw for travelers on a budget. Most of the main hotel and motel chains have set up shop here. Because the area is outside central San Diego's hotel districts, budget travelers are likely to find great hotel deals in El Cajon. San Diego is still very much within reach, as the area has good communications with central San Diego and the wider area. It's not only the budget-conscious who come here, though—the surrounding mountains offer several golf resorts and ranches to suit those with deeper pockets.

How to get to El Cajon


For those flying in, San Diego International Airport is the place to touch down. To get the 20 miles west to El Cajon, you will either need to hire a car, and head down I-8, or transit to one of the 2 light rail lines serving the neighborhood. For the Green Line, catch a taxi from the airport to Washington Street. An alternative is to take the Orange Line from the City College Station in Downtown, which takes a more southerly route. Both take about an hour to reach El Cajon.