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  • Imperial Beach, California

    Imperial Beach in California is home to some of the best trails and outdoor activities. One must-visit is the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. It offers a scenic 4.5-mile loop trail which is perfect for a leisurely walk. The trail features a river and is known for its unique bird watching opportunities. The trail is of moderate difficulty, making it suitable for most fitness levels. If you're up for a challenge, try the Border Field State Park Trail. This 1.8-mile trail offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and ends at a beautiful sandy beach. For a different kind of outdoor adventure, head to the Living Coast Discovery Center for close encounters with local wildlife. These top outdoor attractions in and near Imperial Beach are sure to satisfy your adventurous spirit.

    Top Spots in and near Imperial Beach

    • Imperial Beach, California

      Catch a Sunset at the Imperial Beach Pier

      5.0
      From San Diego, head South on Hwy 5 for 12 miles. Take a right on exit 5A for Palm Ave/CA-75. Take CA-75 west for 1.6 miles. Stay on Palm Ave as it splits from CA-75. Take Palm Ave for 1 mile until it reaches the coast. Turn left on Seacoast Dr and take it for 1 mile until you reach the Imperial ...
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    • San Diego, California

      Hike to the beach at Border Field State Park

      2 mi / 26 ft gain
      The beach at Border Field State Park is southernmost beach in California. This beach begins (on US Maps) at the Mexican border and continues north to the mouth of the Tijuana River. The State Park shares its land with the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve which are both operated b...
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    • Coronado, California

      Spend a Day at Silver Strand State Beach

      5.0
      A day at the Silver Strand State Beach is a must, playing in the surf and searching for seashells. Parking can be challenging, as all beaches on Coronado Island are very busy.  I recommend coming early in the morning and planning to stay all day.  Lots of food options are close to every beach...
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    • Coronado, California

      Coronado Beach

      4.6
      Photograph the iconic and historic Hotel Del and Coronado Beach on Coronado Island. The Del is a beautiful Victorian resort, which is the second-largest wooden structure in the United States. The Del offers amazing photo opportunities during sunset and during sunrise when it is beautifully backli...
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    • Coronado, California

      Coronado Central Beach

      Coronado Central Beach in San Diego is a 1.5-mile-long, wide sandy beach set against the backdrop of the iconic Hotel del Coronado. It’s popular for swimming, surfing, sunbathing, and beachcombing. The flat terrain is ideal for skimboarding and walking, attracting families who often spend the ent...
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    • San Diego, California

      Run the Convention Center Stairs

      4.8
      This is a great spot to get in a workout and to get some fresh air. The stairs are around 100 steps to the top, so if you're feeling good, you can get a few rounds in. In terms of safety, there are usually people around the convention center, so you most likely won't be alone. With that said, be ...
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    • Coronado, California

      Explore Bayview Park

      5.0
      Even though I am quite familiar with this spot, I doubt that most San Diegans have sat in the benches at this little park to take in the sunset, sunrise, or spectacular views of downtown San Diego. I'm absolutely positive that most out-of-towners have no idea that this little gem exists. I want t...
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    • San Diego, California

      Point Loma Tide Pools

      4.5
      Begin by making your way towards the Point Loma Naval Base. Continue along that road as far as it goes and you will come to the Cabrillo National Monument. Upon entering the park you will have to pay a fee to get down to the tide pools. It is $5 per car or $3 per person if you choose to walk in. ...
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    • San Diego, California

      Bayside Trail

      4.0
      1.99 mi / 397 ft gain
      The Bayside Trail features beautiful spring wild flowers and is accessible year-round. The trail is wide with a few rest stops and benches along the way. The trail is breezy, much cooler than many trails inland, featuring ocean views throughout the duration.  This monument commemorates the landi...
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    • San Diego, California

      Explore Cabrillo National Monument

      4.5
      Cabrillo National Monument is named after Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European explorer to reach America's Wet Coast. There are many knowledgable rangers in the park who are eager to share interesting historical facts.  Activities in the park include hiking: the Bayside Trail offers 2 mile...
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    • Chula Vista, California

      Hike Mother Miguel Mountain

      5.0
      4.5 mi / 977 ft gain
      At the summit, your work will be rewarded with stunning views from downtown San Diego all the way to Mexico. You can also see the surrounding mountain peaks and the Sweetwater Reservoir.  This is a great hike to do at sunset - but bring a headlamp / flashlight for the hike back down. This trail i...
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    • San Diego, California

      Spreckels Organ Outdoor Pavilion

      The Spreckels Organ Pavilion in San Diego, California, is home to the world's largest outdoor organ, played weekly by one of only two civic organists in the U.S. Visitors can enjoy free one-hour Sunday concerts at 2 p.m., rain or shine, performed by San Diego’s civic organist. For evening or spec...
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    • San Diego, California

      Seven Bridge Walk Loop

      5.0
      5.75 mi / 217 ft gain
      The Seven Bridge Walk is a 5.2 mile loop through urban San Diego with scenic views, neat bridges, and gorgeous palm trees. Dogs are allowed on the trail, and the loop is perfect for families and all skill levels. On a Sunday, you will go through the Hillcrest farmers market - a great spot for cof...
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    • San Diego, California

      Climb the Famous California Balboa Bell Tower

      5.0
      This tour allows you to climb up the iconic landmark of Balboa Park. It has never been open to the public to climb until January 2014. An easy seven floor climb brings you to a beautiful viewing deck. From the top of the tower you'll be able to see the glimpses of the San Diego Zoo, the Cuyamaca ...
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    • San Diego, California

      Balboa Park Botanical Building and Lily Pond

      For a peaceful escape, visit the Balboa Park Botanical Building and Lily Pond in San Diego. Built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, this serene spot features vibrant water lilies and lotus blossoms in a shallow reflecting pond. The Botanical Building, one of the world’s largest structur...
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    • San Diego, California

      Balboa Park Loop

      4.6
      4.34 mi / 226 ft gain
      The Balboa Park Trail offers the chance to see wildlife and is open year-round. The trail is shared by runners, families, hikers, and bikers. Dogs are able to use the trail but must be kept on leash. There is a dog park you will pass by. 
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    Camping and Lodging in Imperial Beach

    San Diego Metro KOA Resort
    Chula Vista, California

    San Diego Metro KOA Resort

    Boulder Oaks Eqst
    Campo, California

    Boulder Oaks Eqst

    El Prado Group
    Laguna Meadow Road

    El Prado Group

    Laguna
    Mount Laguna, California

    Laguna

    Wooded Hill Group
    Mount Laguna, California

    Wooded Hill Group

    Horse Heaven Group
    Mount Laguna, California

    Horse Heaven Group

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