(Please note: All photos are copyright and courtesy of Julie Rings Photography)
The city of Escondido, located within San Diego County, is home to an unusual, yet stunning collection of sculptures created by artist Niki de Saint Phalle. The sculptures are centered around a mythical warrior queen, also known as Calafia. The garden has recently undergone renovations, but there is still more work to be done, so opening times are limited. Visit the second Saturday of each month from 10 am to 2 pm or click here for information about a large-group visit by reservation only.
Getting there: The garden is located inside Kit Carson Park. When you enter at the corner of Bear Valley Parkway and Mary Lane, follow signs toward the Arboretum and park in the Arboretum lot.