Best Late Summer Day Trips From Rancho Santa Fe

Are you itching to get in a little more vacation time before fall activities start ramping up? Lucky for you, living in Rancho Santa Fe means being close to some of the country’s most amazing destinations. And many are only a few hours away, making it easy to fit in a day trip or two this month. Take a look at this roundup of our favorite places to escape to when we need a day trip and plan a fun day out for yourself and your loved ones!

Explore California history at San Juan Capistrano

History buffs will love spending a day exploring San Juan Capistrano in Orange County. The community dates back to 1776 when the foundation was laid for Mission San Juan Capistrano, which is now a church, monument, and museum. It forms the heart of this charming small town that offers unique shops, delicious food, and beautiful scenery. You can even travel there by train, as the Capistrano Depot is located right in the center of the action.

Sail to Catalina Island

Your island adventure awaits! Did you know that there is a beautiful island that you can reach by ferry in about an hour? Catalina Island is a gorgeous destination southwest of Los Angeles that is known for its wildlife, palm trees, spas, restaurants, and the beautiful Art Deco Catalina Casino. Avalon and Two Harbors are the two ports in Catalina and ferries are available from San Pedro, Long Beach, Dana Point, and Newport Beach. If you want to feel a world away just for a day, then Catalina is just the ticket!

Cross the border to Mexico

Did you know that only 42 miles separate Rancho Santa Fe from Mexico? If you’re looking for an international adventure without going too far from home, then head to Tijuana just over the Mexican border. Visit the city’s historic center and tour buildings such as the El Foro Palacio Jai Alai concert hall or the Catedral de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. Take in the vibrant street art and of course sample the delicious local cuisine! Visit to find out what you need to know about crossing the border.

Stick close to home but feel far away in Julian

Finally, you don’t have to travel to another county – or another country! – to have a fabulous day trip. One of our favorite destinations is right here in San Diego county. Located in the Cuyamaca mountains about 50 miles east of Rancho Santa Fe, Julian is a quaint town that makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The town’s history is rooted in the California Gold Rush, and you can visit shops located in historic buildings, take a self-guided History Walk, hike amidst the pines and oak trees, or sample Julian’s famous apple pie. We promise you’ll leave feeling refreshed – especially from the fresh mountain air!

Contact the Lucy Kelts Collection today

Is this the summer that you’ll buy or sell a luxury Rancho Santa Fe home? Then contact the Lucy Kelts Collection at 858-775-8843 or [email protected]. We are standing by to answer all your questions. Contact us today!

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