Julian, CA, USA

We found 179 vacation rentals — enter your dates for availability

Julian, CA, USA

Julian vacation rentals

Golden Julian

The sleepy town of Julian began life as a mining camp in the 19th century, when the California gold rush was in full swing. Today, the entire area is part of the Julian Historic District and is listed as an official California Historic Landmark, in part to preserve this fascinating heritage. As a result, visitors staying in cozy Julian vacation rentals find themselves surrounded by history, from the 1870s storefronts that line Main Street to the horse and carriage rides through quaint downtown. It’s this simple living that has made the town a favorite spot for holidaymakers looking to leave modern stresses behind.

Mine games in Julian

Much of California’s early development can be attributed to the 19th-century gold rush that occurred in mountain communities like Julian. To learn more about this intriguing passage in the state’s history, as well as the miners, their stories, and the work they did, consider one of the many mine tours that are operated in the area. Guided excursions will lead you into the intricate network of tunnels that provided the region’s mineral wealth, while exhibits display their tools, clothes, and other artifacts. Tours typically last about an hour and are operated throughout the year.

Julian paves the way

Victorian-era pianos, an original Julian City sleigh and buggy, and a renowned lace collection—these are just some of the displays that have made the Julian Pioneer Museum so popular. The core of this facility was constructed in 1888 by Joseph Treshil, who used it as a blacksmith shop; it also served as a brewery for many years before becoming an educational institution. Vintage clothing and photographs illuminate what life was like during the region’s period as a booming mining settlement, and how the town we know today came to be. Hours of operation are available online.

Julian’s highs and lows

The climate in Julian is generally temperate and mild; however, due to its high elevation, temperature peaks tend to be more extreme than in coastal regions. In winter, snowfalls are common, so Julian vacation rentals see a spike in popularity from visitors looking for a unique view of southern California. In summer, temperatures soar, reaching average highs of up to 86°F. During this time, long walks in the countryside are ideal, as the mountain breeze keeps things comfortable. The off-season periods of fall and spring provide autumnal foliage and verdant greens respectively, as well as the best availability of Julian vacation rentals.

Julian by foot

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is the home of a number of hiking trails that allow visitors to experience the California wilderness to the fullest. The Green Valleys Fall Trail is a family-friendly option that leads toward a seasonal waterfall, perfect for a photo op. Nature lovers should consider the Juaquapin Trail, which passes through rolling meadows and offers views of local arboreal treats, such as manzanita and chaparral. Travelers staying in pet-friendly Julian vacation rentals should check the park’s website before setting out, as some of the areas are suitable for walking leashed dogs.