State Route 94

East County commuters know State Route 94 as a quick way to get to work downtown and an alternative to traffic-heavy I-8. Going the other way, in under 30 minutes you can take 94 from the clogged, one-way streets of downtown San Diego to the empty, green ( or gold, depending on the time of year) hills of Jamul. Rising from the intersection of G and 16th, 94 whisks you east out of downtown. Notice the row of stately Victorians in Golden Hill to the left (north) and the pretty yellow Our Lady of the Angels church towering above the freeway in Logan Heights on the right. The next point of interest, just east of the 805 interchange, is the blue dome of Holy Cross mausoleum on the right. Directly across the freeway, you may see Channel10's Sky 10 helicopter lifting off or landing in the studio parking lot. Four or five minutes later and you're crossing under the enormous 125 overpass. After that, the road narrows to two lanes through Casa de Oro and Spring Valley. To stay on 94, you have to turn right at Campo Road. Just a few moments more and you're in the semi-rural town of Jamul. After that, it's pure, unpolluted nature: hill after empty hill, rolling all the way to the border by way of Tecate. Past Tecate, 94 continues on through open countryside and the Mountain Empire towns of Campo and Boulevard and eventually meets its modern replacement, Interstate 8, near the town of Manzanita at the eastern edge of San Diego County.


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