Who here would rather explore lesser known destinations versus its more obvious parts? Of course, it makes sense to check off certain sights, neighborhoods and restaurants when you’ve traveled thousands of miles to experience a new city. For example, if you’ve never been to Hawaii, cruising around Waikiki (part of Honolulu, on the island of Oahu by the way) despite the crowds is just something you have to do. As is a gander at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the eclectic Venice Beach boardwalk in Los Angeles. When it comes to San Diego, newcomers inevitably flock to the Gaslamp Quarter’s nightlife, La Jolla Cove’s seal situation, or the North Park neighborhood’s lively craft beer, coffee and restaurant scene.

And if it’s beer you’re after, once you’ve ticked off San Diego’s greatest hits I recommend venturing North to the California casual city of Vista. For October, I lay out all of the reasons why it’s worth the 40 minute drive from San Diego, especially if you’re a craft beer fan.


Adirondacks around a fire at Belching Beaver in Vista, California.
Belching Beaver Tavern & Grill
Photo: John Dole Photography

Vista for Craft Beer Lovers

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