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It frightens me to see how Vista has changed in the past 4 decades. It went from a residential rural area of wide open spaces and canyons - to a built up master planned community in just 25 years. Population has probably tripled. Albert & Alice grew up here, and both went to Palomar College (nearby in San Marcos), with me, DanaMite. Way back in the 1990's.
elevation: 340'
population: 101,568
zip code: 92081


Coastal foothills with large residential population

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San Diego County
N of San Diego
Hwy 78



  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • orchards
  • ranches
  • farms
  • breweries
  • shopping
  • restaurants
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • Cleveland National Forest
  • Palomar Mountain State Park
  • South Carlsbad State Beach
  • Alta Vista Gardens
  • Rancho Buena Vista Adobe
  • Get Air Vista Trampoline Park
  • Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
  • description:
    Suburbian sprawl from San Diego, north county. In between Escondido and Oceanside. Vista is about 15 miles from the ocean. Avocado groves in the hills, major freeway through coastal valley. Largely developed. Shopping, gasoline, services.

    nearby towns:
    San Marcos
    Rancho Santa Fe

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