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  • San Diego County, California

    San Diego County, California is a great destination for all. From scenic hikes to must-visit beaches, the area has plenty of top attractions and activities to explore. Hike the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve for views of the Pacific Ocean, or take a stroll through Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre urban park with gardens, museums, and trails. For a unique experience, visit the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, a 1,800-acre wildlife sanctuary where you can explore the African Savannah and get close with exotic animals. For a more tranquil experience, check out the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, or take a boat tour of Mission Bay for views of the city skyline. No matter what type of activity you’re looking for, San Diego County has something for everyone.

    Top Spots in and near San Diego County

    • Poway, California

      Blue Sky Ecological Reserve to Ramona Dam

      3.0
      5.3 mi / 984 ft gain
      Starting at the trail head where you park your car, head south along the Green Valley Truck Trail. After less than a mile, you will notice the city and noise start to fade behind you, and a beautiful sight of towering oaks, willows, and sycamores appear as you walk along the Creekside Trail. You ...
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    • Julian, California

      Ghost Mountain Trail to Yaquitepec

      5.0
      1.29 mi / 443 ft gain
      Ghost Mountain Trail to Yaquitepec is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Julian, California.
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    • San Diego, California

      Los Penasquitos Waterfall via Los Penasquitos Canyon Trailhead

      4.3
      4.15 mi / 115 ft gain
      The Los Penasquitos Preserve waterfall is a hidden gem of San Diego and a popular spot for locals within the area. The hike to the waterfall lies within a preserve of approximately 4,000 acres. There are many different trailheads that lead to the waterfall all offering a unique experience. I alwa...
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    • San Diego, California

      Black Mountain via Nighthawk Trail

      5.0
      4.05 mi / 764 ft gain
      Starting at the trail head at the end of Oviedo way, you will see a power line on top of the small hill across from the rec center, which is the start of the South Point View Trail. Follow this trail about a mile until you see a sign for the 'Little Black Mountain Loop' . This is a 4.1 mile loop ...
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    • Julian, California

      Agua Caliente Hot Spring

      5.0
      1.53 mi / 164 ft gain
      Agua Caliente Hot Spring is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a hot springs located near Julian, California.
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    • San Diego County, California

      Hike to Mountain Palm Springs, Anza Borrego SP

      3 mi / 350 ft gain
      At first glance the Anza-Borrego desert appears lifeless, a wasteland of rocky plain peaks rising up from Carrizo Plains covered in Cholla cactus and Ocotillo. But one of the surprises is a mirage of California fan palm groves hidden in a series of canyons.The Mountain Palm Springs oasis loop is ...
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    • San Diego, California

      Black Mountain Peak via Miner's Ridge Loop Trail

      2.5
      4.3 mi / 951 ft gain
      The Miner's Ridge Loop Trail is a relatively mild 4.3-mile loop that takes you to the 1554-foot summit of Black Mountain Peak. Even from the parking lot, the views to the east are stunning. Get there early in the morning on a clear day, or arrive just before sunset to get the full experience. T...
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    • Julian, California

      Volcan Mountain Trail

      4.82 mi / 1270 ft gain
      Volcan Mountain Trail located near Julian, California is a moderate day hike. This well-maintained trail offers beautiful views, but keep in mind there isn't too much sun protection, so be sure to pack plenty of water and coverage on sunnier days.  Dogs are permitted on the trail on a leash. 
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    • San Diego County, California

      Hike to the Goat Canyon Trestle

      5.0
      7 mi
      The main attraction of this hike is the wooden trestle. This engineering marvel was built in 1932 and still remains the tallest and longest curved wooden trestle in the U.S.This hike is recommended for the physically and mentally prepared. From Mortero Palms, it's a 3.5 mile (7 miles roundtrip) t...
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    • Ramona, California

      Explore the Sutherland Dam

      2.0
      1 mi
      Once your on Sutherland Dam Rd, follow it until your right next to the dam. Park on the side of the road where you see a small turn-out. Walk down to the side of the dam and drop down onto the concrete flooring of the dam. Walk on-top where allowed, and check out the views of the lake and the mo...
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    • Julian, California

      Blair Valley Trail

      11.4 mi / 873 ft gain
      Blair Valley Trail is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near Julian, California.
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    • San Diego, California

      Swing on the La Jolla Tree Swings

      3.0
      From Torrey Pines Rd, turn left onto La Jolla Shores Drive. After about 1/4 of a mile down start to look for parking preferably near UCSD Coastal Apartments. Once parked walk along the UCSD apartments until you see Discovery way. Make a left at Discovery where you will then cross the street. You ...
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    • San Diego, California

      Dive La Jolla Shores

      4.5
      While it doesn't get the attention of La Jolla Cove's green fields, the shores are one of the best parts about San Diego.Driving up to the large parking area it's immediately clear you've come to the right place as there's almost always divers suiting up in the early morning. A dive shop down the...
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    • San Diego, California

      Surf Scripps Pier

      5.0
      Park on La Jolla Shores Drive and make the short walk down the boat ramp north of the pier. This spot often has some of the clearest waters in San Diego, making it a picturesque place to surf. During low tide, check out the tide pools just north of the surf spot to find some awesome sea life.
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    • San Diego County, California

      Photograph Scripp's Pier

      4.9
      Parking is easy, there are tons of random street you can park on just a little walk away. Be sure to arrive on scene at least an hour before sunset. Make sure to look up the sunset time and the weather forecast. Clouds will make for the most dramatic images with the most color from the sunset. Ex...
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    • San Diego, California

      Surfing at Black's Beach via the Main Gate

      5.0
      1 mi / 650 ft gain
      With arguably some of San Diego’s best waves, Black’s Beach can be found in the vicinity of the University of California San Diego campus, at the southern end of Torrey Pines State Beach and north of La Jolla Shores. Stately eight-figure mansions now line the bluffs where pastures and the Black f...
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