Introduction to Escondido, California
Founded in 1881, Escondido is a city of 136,000 people located in San Diego County, in Southern California. It is a half an hour north of the city of San Diego. Escondido is part of the San Diego'Carlsbad'San Marcos metropolitan area, which is one of the twenty largest metropolitan areas in the United States with a population over 2.9 million people.
Escondido is near San Diego, which was ranked among the twenty "Most Fun U.S. Cities" in a study conducted by Cranium, Inc. in 2004. Nearby San Diego is also one of the "Top 25 Cities for Doing Business in America" in the "Large Cities" category in a 2004 Inc. magazine study.
Escondido has a mild climate. Summer daily temperatures average in the high eighties (degrees Fahrenheit), and winter daily temperatures average in the high sixties.
Escondido Arts and Entertainment
Escondido, California provides easy access to all of the many cultural, arts, and entertainment offerings of nearby San Diego. In addition, some of Escondido's more notable attractions include:
- The California Center for the Arts
- The Deer Park Winery and Auto Museum
- The Escondido Children's Museum
- The Mingei International Museum
- The Patio Playhouse
- The San Pasqual Battlefield State Park
- The Lawrence Welk Museum
- The Welk Resort Theatre
There are also many vineyards and wineries in and around Escondido.
For the sports enthusiast, nearby San Diego offers a good assortment of professional sports offerings. San Diego is home to Major League Baseball's (MLB) San Diego Padres, the National Football League's (NFL) San Diego Chargers, hockey's ECHL San Diego Gulls, and the United Soccer League (USL) USL Premier Development League San Diego Gauchos and the USL W-League San Diego Gauchos Women. MLB's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim also play approximately an hour north in Anaheim, as do the National Hockey League's (NHL) Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Minor League Baseball's (MiLB) Lake Elsinore Storm play forty-five minutes north in Lake Elsinore, California. The Storm are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the San Diego Padres.