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Escondido is a city located in California, just north of the city of San Diego. The name means "hidden" in Spanish—it occupies a shallow valley ringed by rocky hills. Founded in 1888, it is one of the oldest cities in San Diego County. The city is known as Eskondiid in Diegueño. A nationwide study in 2005 ranked Escondido #11 out of 25 of the most conservative cities in America.

Three lakes are located in or near Escondido, all of which allow boating and fishing:

  • Dixon Lake is located in the north.
  • Lake Wohlford is located on the north eastern fringe of the city limits.
  • Lake Hodges is located just south of the city. A part of Lake Hodges is crossed by Interstate 15 via the Lake Hodges Bridge. Often this part of the lake is dry.
Downtown Escondido (centered on Grand Avenue) has become more active in the past few years with the opening of restaurants, cafes, and galleries. Every Friday night from April through September, the Downtown Business Association hosts the popular "Cruisin' Grand," where the public can show and view hot rods and historic cars. A different car club and/or featured attraction (i.e. antique fire trucks, nitro night, midget and sprint cars) is highlighted each week. Cruisin' Grand also features a DJ, hula hoop contests for children, and 7 trophies each night.

In addition to the many art galleries on Grand, a branch of the Mingei International Museum has recently opened there. This museum displays handcrafts from around the world. Just one block off Grand Ave. is Grape Day Park with the civic center and the California Center for the Arts, Escondido that features two theaters, a visual arts museum, an educational complex, and a conference center. The Escondido Children's Museum and the Escondido History Center, two independent non-profit museums, are located in Grape Day Park. The Children's Museum features hands-on exhibits and programs for children up to 10 years of age, with an authentically regional perspective on natural and social science. The History Center features the city's original Santa Fe Depot, first library, Victorian house, barn, and blacksmith shop. The Pioneer Room of Escondido Public Library (located in the Mathes Center building next to the Main Library) has photographs, maps, oral histories, genealogical collections, directories and yearbooks documenting Escondido's history. The San Diego North Convention & Visitors Bureau is located in the California Center for the Arts, and sells half price arts performances and is the only ARTS TIX outlet in San Diego North. The Visitors Bureau also provides literature, maps, and their Travel & Planning Guide free of charge to visitors.

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Castle Creek Inn Resort Spa Escondido
Exclusive, boutique style resort and spa located in San Diego North County. Adjacent to a beautiful 18-hole championship golf course, nestled amidst the scenic foothills of Temecula's wineries and the world-famous San Diego Wild Animal Park, just 35 minutes north of downtown San Diego. Amenities include tennis courts, spa, hot soaking pools, swimming pool, fitness center, sauna, ropes course and more.
Comfort Inn Escondido
Tourist-class hotel located near the Wild Animal Park, Escondido Center for the Arts, and Palomar College. Guests can find several restaurants and shopping areas within walking distance of the Comfort Inn. The San Diego Airport is located 25 miles from the hotel, but the location in Escondido is most popular for lodging between the two major metropolitan areas of San Diego and Los Angeles.
Rodeway Inn Escondido
Located within seven miles of the San Pasqual Battlefield and the Wild Animal Park in San Diego, is the Rodeway Inn Escondido in Escondido, Calif. The Pikake Botanical Gardens are located 10 miles away and SeaWorld and Balboa Park are within 25 miles of the property. Mornings begin at the Rodeway Inn Escondido with complimentary continental breakfasts. Several dining options are located within the surrounding area. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the property. 
Super 8 Wild Animal Park Escondido
Located in the heart of San Diego’s North County, 6 miles from the San Diego Wild Animal Park, the Super 8 Escondido offers affordable and comfortable lodging close to the casinos, wineries & beaches that call northern San Diego home. If you are looking for a motel-type option in the heart of the action, you should them consider the Super 8 Motel Escondido. The Super 8 Escondido features a free continental breakfast, free parking, and free wireless hi-speed internet.
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