Introduction to Vista, California
Incorporated in 1963, the city of Vista, California is located in the northern portion of San Diego County. Together with the cities of Carlsbad and Oceanside, Vista is the third leg in what is known as the "Tri-City Area" of North San Diego County. It is situated about 40 miles north of downtown San Diego, and about 70 miles south of Anaheim. Vista is served by several neighborhood shopping centers as well as a regional shopping center located within seven miles. In addition, Vista boasts six times the national average of parks located within its borders, largely due to the abundance of open land, especially in the northern part of the city. Two of the most well-known are Guajome County Park and Brengle Terrace Park.
Vista is served by two city-supported theaters: the Avo Playhouse and the Moonlight Amphitheatre. There are four principal highways linking the city and surrounding areas: Interstate Routes 5 and 15, and state highways 76 and 78. For air travel, San Diego International Airport is 37 miles to the south, John Wayne Airport (Irvine) is 45 miles to the north, and Los Angeles International Airport is 93 miles north.
Activities and Attractions in and near Vista
Rancho Guajome Adobe and Rancho Buena Vista, both built in the mid-nineteenth century, offer tours to students and visitors. Another popular Vista attraction is the Wave Waterpark, located near the downtown area and open during spring, summer and early fall. Vista is also home to the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, which features a variety of agricultural equipment from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Vista's ideal geographic location makes it easily accessible to the large number of world-class attractions located in the San Diego and Anaheim areas. Among these are the following:
- LEGOland (Carlsbad, about 8 miles west).
- Sea World (San Diego).
- San Diego Zoo.
- San Diego Wild Animal Park.
- San Diego Aerospace Museum.
- Balboa Park.
- San Diego Museum of Art.
- Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure Park (Anaheim).
- Knott's Berry Farm and Knott's Soak City (Buena Park).
Sports fans can see the following professional sports teams which reside within easy driving distance of Vista:
- Major League Baseball (MLB):
- San Diego Padres.
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
- Minor League Baseball (MiLB):
- San Diego SurfDawgs (a team in the Golden Baseball League not affiliated with a MLB franchise).
- National Football League (NFL):
- San Diego Chargers.
- National Hockey League (NHL):
- Anaheim Mighty Ducks.