Where To Go In California: 4 Reasons to Visit Julian, California (Staff Picks)

man climbing rocks in Julian, California during trip

It wouldn’t be a California vacation without some glamping, and I’ve got a special treat for you. While I’d love to keep the charming town of Julian, California, a secret just for me and my family, it would be wrong of me not to share why you should visit Julian if you were thinking of where to go in California.

Beautiful view of Lake Julian from the tree house California cabin and another reason to visit Julian, California

Keep reading to find out more about glamping California and why you need to visit Julian, CA, in 2020

Just an hour outside of San Diego, Julian, CA, tourism dosen’t get much better. With epic views of nature around every corner, the US’s best apple pie (yum!), deer sightings almost every hour, and one of the best glamping sites I have visited to date. For a town of only 1,502 residents, Julian sure has a lot to offer glampers looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. There too many reasons to visit Julian, California but I’ve managed to get that down to just four! Glamping California really is something everyone should try at least once in 2020!

1. Looking for fun things to do in California? Stay in one of the best tree houses in California

I have had my eye on this accommodation, one of the best tree houses in California, for quite some time. Boy, did it exceed my expectations. From waking up to woodpeckers in the trees to enjoying the sunset from the Jacuzzi after an excellent day of hiking, this tree house cabin was the perfect place to call home for the week. Having been passed down for generations, Rick has made this glamping accommodation a true haven for families to spend some quality time with each other.

A photo of the author in front of the tree house California during visit-Julian experience.

All bundled up around the kitchen table playing board games, catching up, making new memories, and sharing laughs that could probably be heard across the canyon is exactly what glamping with the family is all about. When visiting this cabin be sure to ask Rick for the grand tour—it is worth hearing all the fun facts about the previous owners’ family stories. This will not be my last visit to this tree house cabin.

View from one of top unique rentals California has to offer during chance to visit Julian glamping.

2. So why camping near Julian? Try some of the best food in California with Julian Apple Pie in 2020

Looking to try some of the best food in California? If you have heard of Julian, apple pie was probably mentioned in the same sentence. Why is Julian, CA, so famous for apple pie, you ask? During the Gold Rush, Julian arose as a charming mountain town and along with it came an outstanding number of apple trees. As the saying goes, when life gives you apple make apple pies—and so they did. Camping near Julian has many perks but this one is undoubtedly one of the best!

Julian apple pie store offering some of best food in California for vacations CA.

With over five different pie companies in Julian, glamping enthusiasts will have to make a day of touring the different cafes to find out which one really is the best. We found our answer, but I will keep that an insider’s secret for now. Go hiking near Julian, CA, and you’ll be in for many adventures yet!

Best food near Los Angeles, CA from Julian Apple Pie Company.

3. Amazing things to do in California: Julian antiques and antiquing for vacations, CA

There is nothing I love more than a good shopping trip, and Julian, California, is filled with the cutest antique stores There are so many things to do in California during your vacations, CA really has it all. However, when it comes to Julian antiques, my favourite would have to be The Warm Hearth of Julian. With cookbooks, kitchen products, clothing, and home goods galore, it was hard not to spend more than an hour browsing the trinkets and collectables this store has to offer. I wouldn’t be the shopper I am if I did not pick up a few collectables to fill my house with.

A view from the top of Stonewall Peak hike and another reason to visit Julian, California this year.

4. Hiking Stonewall Peak – one of the top Julian hikes for California places to visit 2020

The exquisite views that stretch from Julian to the Pacific Ocean are worth the hike up Stonewall Peak, California. Places to visit here don’t come much more inspiring. A good hike for beginners and intermediate hikers, it takes about two hours and 30 minutes from start to finish. I would not recommend hiking this trail on a very windy day, as the top of the hike requires stairs and holding onto rails, but on a sunny day like ours, it could not be beaten. I cannot wait to go back and visit more trails surrounding this peak and will never forget one of the best Julian hikes available!

A view from the other side of Stonewall Peak hike, during the California places to visit trip

From a lovely stay at Rick’s tree house cabin to the yumminess of apple pie and the breathtaking views of Southern California, Julian is one for the books.


Be sure to check out more amazing, one-of-a-kind getaways in Southern California, including this amazing Julian tree house rental for your next getaway!

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