San Marcos, a northern suburb of San Diego, is home to almost 84,000 people. In its infancy, legend tells how Indians robbed the area’s San Luis Rey Mission in the late 1700s. As Mission residents chased the bandits, they discovered the fertile valley they named Los Vallecitos de San Marcos, or Little Valleys of Saint Mark. The town still celebrates St. Mark during an annual festival on April 25.

Farming formed the town’s economic backbone for centuries. Today, the California State University, San Marcos campus attracts high tech industries to the city. The University joins the town’s award winning school district and Palomar Community College in promoting education.

Education is important to area residents, but other attractions draw attention from residents and visitors too. Old California Restaurant Row boasts some of the best restaurants and a variety of cuisines around.

After a hearty meal, one of several local golf courses beckons, and an abundance of open trails and parks invites walkers, hikers and bikers to enjoy the warm outdoors. Additionally, Double Peak Park offers visitors a view of northern San Diego County. You can even see the distant San Diego skyscrapers or San Bernardino Mountains on clear days.

With the excellent academic environment, variety of activities and refreshing climate, it’s no wonder guests and students visit and never want to leave The Valley of Discovery.

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