The North County is commonly divided into coastal and inland regions, with coastal cities such as Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach, and the inland cities being Escondido, San Marcos, and Poway; inland mountain communities such as Valley Center and Ramona are sometimes included. Nestled in the foothills of North Inland San Diego, Escondido is rich in history and culture. One of the oldest cities in San Diego County, it is home to the world-class California Arts Center, Niki de Saint Phalle's vibrant sculpture garden, and a charming downtown filled with restaurants, museums, art galleries and eclectic shops. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a must-see attraction and Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens serves the best food to accompany its world-class beers.
You also don't have to venture far to go hiking and mountain biking at Daley Ranch, fishing on Lake Dixon, or wine tasting at a local vineyard. The centerpiece of the city's remodeling efforts is the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, which attracts more than 270,000 visitors from San Diego and surrounding regions each year and provides a significant boost to an already healthy economy. Escondido has a rich history in the arts, focusing on the California Civic Center and Center for the Arts. The Escondido Arts Partnership, a non-profit art organization established in 1995, created and organizes the Second Saturday Art Walk, in which several galleries and museums participate in Escondido.
Escondido Adult School is a provider of adult education services in Escondido and surrounding communities.