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Escondido is a name that means ‘hidden’, which is fitting for a city often dwarfed by its neighbors, LA and San Diego. Explore the city, however, to discover a wealth of attractions. A safari park branch of San Diego Zoo lets you glimpse cheetahs, tigers and more in immaculately recreated habitats. Its historic downtown features 19th-century buildings, although its museums are ultramodern and exciting for all ages.

It’s best to rent a car to explore any city in Southern California. Pick one up in Escondido to visit sights such as the EcoVivarium Living Museum and the Sikes Historic Farmstead with ease. Orbitz can help you find the best rental car for your itinerary.

Escondido and beyond: Wine, beaches and cartoon mice

Once you’ve explored Escondido, hop in your rental car to explore the rest of Southern California. The city is well placed to reach some of the region’s most exciting destinations. We’ve picked three nearby places to visit in your rental car.

San Diego

It’s always sunny in San Diego, a city packed with cutting-edge museums, critically acclaimed restaurants, and family-friendly attractions. Don’t miss Balboa Park, the green heart of the city that is home to botanical gardens, fascinating museums, and the ever-popular San Diego Zoo. Once you’re done sightseeing, head to the city’s glamorous beaches for sun, sea and sand.

Journey time: Around 35 minutes

Distance: Approximately 20 miles


You don’t need to drive all the way north to Napa to find some delicious Californian wines. The city of Temecula, just moments from Escondido, is surrounded by vineyard-lined hills. Come to explore its historic downtown district, then head to the outskirts of town to sample local vintages unaccompanied by coach-loads of tourists.

Journey time: Around 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 30 miles


The city of Anaheim, situated between Escondido and LA, has one big and very famous attraction. Disneyland is a magical world set apart from the rest of Orange County, a theme park bursting with color and excitement that stays open until the awe-inspiring, climactic fireworks show. For fewer cartoon characters, head to the coasters of Knott’s Berry Farm, on the edge of the city.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 15 minutes

Distance: Approximately 75 miles