Sightseeing in Encinitas


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  • Museum of Making Music
    Renovated in 2011, the Museum of Making Music showcases a permanent display of hundreds of unusual and vintage instruments charting the progression of song-crafting from 1900 to modern times. Five museum galleries present popular music, innovations in instruments and their manufacture, and marketing and distribution techniques in five eras throughout the 20th century. Racks of gleaming instruments line the cases, as well as more eclectic pieces such as double-neck guitars, the crossbreed GuitarViol, and an ancient, forgotten instrument whose name is always whispered: the "clarinet." The museum is dotted with interactive exhibits, giving visitors the chance to craft their own tunes on the exhibit's drum kits or keytar.
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    5790 Armada Dr.
    Carlsbad, CA US
  • Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
    The early days of the combustion engine leap to life at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum. Besides immaculately preserved Steam Traction Engines (tractors) and Steam Power Units from 1849-1960, the museum boasts onsite replicas of historical workshops, and even grows its own crop of wheat every winter and sorghum cane every summer. Size: Located on 55 acres of farmland—room enough for 20,000 artifacts, 50 weaving looms, and more than 150 years of history Eye Catcher: Four model railroad layouts, including a scale model of the Southern Pacific crossing of the Donner Pass, currently in the process of construction Permanent Mainstay: The smoking jewels in the museum's crown are the steam traction engines, which date from about 1860 to 1924, and the gas and diesel engines, which could be bought new as recently as 1940 Don't Miss: A regular lineup of historical events including Civil War reenactments, antique engine and tractor shows, and a recurring antique consignment auction
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    2040 North Santa Fe Avenue
    Vista, CA US
  • San Diego Real Estate & Lifestyle Tours
    The neighborhood experts and licensed real-estate professionals of San Diego Real Estate & Lifestyle Tours live and work downtown, making them ideally suited to teach people about San Diego's food, festivals, traditions, and culture. One or two guides usher tour groups through areas such as East Village, Little Italy and the Columbia District, or the Marina District and Gaslamp Quarter, offering spectacular views of the bay from high-rise condos and light refreshments at community eateries or bars. The tours are open to patrons of all backgrounds, from locals looking to learn more about the downtown scene to potential home buyers or extraterrestrials seeking a friendly neighborhood in which to settle down.
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    Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge
    San Diego, CA US

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