San Marcos is a city in the North County region of San Diego County in the U.S. state of California. The city is bordered by Escondido to the east, Encinitas to the southwest, Carlsbad to the west, and Vista to the northeast.
San Marcos is known for having some of the best restaurants in North County. Old California Restaurant Row features a large concentration of restaurants offering a variety of cuisines. San Marcos features several golf courses such as St. Mark Golf Club. There are many fine hotels in the city including Residence Inn San Diego North/San Marcos, The Lake House Resort, Residence Inn, Hampton Inn, Ramada Inn, and First Choice Executive Suites. San Marcos has also become known for its abundance of open space and parks in recent years. A popular destination is the top of Double Peak Park, which features a panorama of northern San Diego County from the highest coastal peak in the county.
An illuminated cross, which stands on a hill above Lake San Marcos and is visible at night from many parts of the city, has been a community landmark for decades. Other landmarks include the Williams Barn (or “Red Barn”), a community center and reception hall built in 1952 to resemble a “big red barn.” It is located in Walnut Grove Park in Twin Oaks, along with a collection of historic houses from around the city maintained by the San Marcos Historical Society.
The San Marcos Unified School District is one of the largest school districts in San Diego County and includes 19 schools with diverse educational programs for kindergarten through adult education students.
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