With the new year officially upon us, many of us are slowly easing back into the routines of the work week.
Brushing off the remnants of holiday vacation can feel both burdensome and nostalgic. If you’re still hanging on to a vacation state of mind and are planning your next excuse to get out of the office, 2019 is a blank slate for figuring out where to spend your next getaway and Carlsbad should be at the top of your list.
Even with winter nipping at our heels, the snow and ice flurries spread throughout the rest of the country make southern California a top runner for a sunny vacation year-round. Nestled just above the center of San Diego, Carlsbad has all of the key components that make up a perfect getaway destination. A vast coastline, bright blue skies, majestic cliffs, and some of the world’s most fresh and innovative dining experiences all lay the foundation for Carlsbad’s allure. However, there are a few well kept secrets that make Carlsbad truly unique. Here are five of the top off-of-the-beaten-path locations that make Carlsbad one of the best places to vacation in 2019, and to save on your next visit make sure to check out all our lodging offers:
Calavera Lake: Cave, Volcano, and Labyrinth
Caves and volcanoes are natural wonders located in some of the world’s more exotic locales. Surprisingly, you don’t have to travel overseas or spend lots of money on pricey tours to experience these wonders. The Calavera Lake is located on a large preserve with miles of hiking and biking trails. The lake itself expands over 400 acres and the reservoir and surrounding land were once home to an old rock quarry. The cave is part of an old mine, with obvious nods to the natural mineral that formed it. The volcano in question is none other than Mount Calavera, that, in reality is a volcanic plug. This plug is the last remaining piece of the inactive volcano - a hardened bit of magma in a vent of the once active mountain. In addition to the lake and volcano, a man-made labyrinth tops off the treasures of this preserve and make it a must-visit hidden treasure.
Carlsbad Mineral Spa
For those who prefer to be pampered by the minerals of the terrain, Carlsbad is well known for a its variety of resorts and spas. The Carlsbad Mineral Spa however, is a premier location for relaxation that has its foundation rooted deep in the history of the city. Back in 1882, Captain John Frazier drilled a well on his farm and uncovered that the water beneath the surface was similar to the healing spring waters found in Europe. The alkaline mineral water at the spa is touted as having special healing powers. Book an appointment at the Carlsbad Mineral Spa for a day of rest and relaxation that you can’t find anywhere else.
San Diego is home to a long list of interesting and intriguing museums. If seeing a town through the eyes of historical relics and intellectual property is your thing, then Carlsbad is home to a couple truly unique museums. The Craftsmanship Museum brings out the joy and genius of handiwork throughout the centuries. The museum allows guests to see the inner workings of engines, instruments, and model cars while taking in the precise art that goes into each. Its brick and mortar location lets you get up close and personal with each piece and their online museum extends the experience by giving guests the freedom to take their time browsing through the artifacts.
Museum of Making Music
The city of Carlsbad is a blend of history and innovation. At the Museum of Making Music, the two combine in order to honor the relics of sound and embrace the new ways that musicians are creating art. Exhibits feature galleries of well and lesser known instruments. Live performances bring the exhibits to life, highlighting local artists and musicians with followings that reach beyond the city’s borders. Come see how instruments really do provide a soundtrack to our lives by exploring how music has shaped history and how it will play into the future at this Carlsbad gem.
One of the most exciting things about going on vacation is getting to try new things. At K1 Speed the race to have fun is a literal endeavor. The indoor kart racing track is nestled in the heart of Carlsbad, welcoming those with a need for speed and anyone who loves healthy competition. With nightclub style lighting and a challenging track, as well as karts that have 20hp electric motors, the 14 lap timed races are a fun escape from reality. Hit up the track for a day of exhilaration and excitement unique to Carlsbad.
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