Julian has a welcoming, small town-feel that makes it a favorite vacation destination for families. This once gold-rush city is found up in the Laguna Mountains surrounded by pine-oak forests. Visitors love to walk around the Old West themed main street, with local craft and antique stores. Of course, Julian is famous for its apple pie too, so don’t forget to try a slice when you are in town at one of the cafés! Julian has a lot of history, meaning travelers can dive back into the old days and learn about the Southern California’s past. You can also go for an adventure in the surrounding mountain preserves.
Top things to do in Julian include picking apples at Volcan Valley Apple Farm. Choose all the apples you want from the orchard in an activity that's great fun for all ages. To learn more about the gold rush, enjoy a tour at the Eagle Mining Company. You can find out about the underground gold mines and see the gold milling process, then pan for gold yourself. There's also the Julian Pioneer Museum to learn more about this mining town. For some hiking, head to the Volcan Mountain Preserve. Here you can wander through grassland and woodlands and get back to nature. If you like animals, you'll love the California Wolf Center where you can observe packs of wolves in their natural environment.
The best time to visit Julian is during the summer months when there are high temperatures and no snow. Fall is a popular month and has beautiful scenery and in September when the Julian Apple Days Festival is held.
Julian CA is located just a short drive from San Diego and is the perfect destination for a weekend away. The quaint mountain town is a lovely place to visit at all times of the year, with many hiking trails winding through the surrounding countryside. Lake Cuyamaca is one of the biggest draws the area, with its sparkling waters offering a range of recreational activities and beautiful views. The best hiking can be found at the Volcan Mountain Preserve, while animal-lovers should make their way to the California Wolf Center for the chance to learn more about the beautiful creatures.
Downtown, the main Street has a fun Old West feel to it, and visitors can spend hours browsing the many shops and eateries. The town is also filled with history --feel like you've stepped back in time as you learn about the past of Julian California.
Downtown is also where most of the Julian cabin rentals are, such as in Large Fenced Yard. Rentals in Julian come with a full kitchen, and many are pet friendly, so you can bring your furry friend along with you. For a unique experience, book a cabin rentals in the nearby woods -- the added extra of a hot tub will set your vacation rental apart from others.