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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

    • San Diego, California

      Swim in La Jolla Cove

      4.9
      La Jolla Cove is an iconic destination in San Diego for visitors and locals alike. Anyone visiting San Diego knows La Jolla Cove is famous for sea lions, beautiful sunsets, sea caves, kayaking, diving, etc etc. The entire area is a great place to eat, drink, relax and spend a day enjoying the Cal...
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    • San Diego County, California

      Hike Canyon Sin Nombre

      4.0
      5 mi / 750 ft gain
      This slot canyon hike is found deep in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Canyon Sin Nombre. If you have a suitable 4WD vehicle you can drive about 2.2 miles to the start of the slot otherwise you can hike down the sandy unpaved road. The entrance will be on your left and marked by metal posts...
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    • San Diego, California

      La Jolla Coast Walk Trail

      5.0
      2.32 mi / 295 ft gain
      La Jolla Coast Walk is a beautiful coastline trail, but is a bit of a heavily trafficked tourist trail. The hike can be started and ended at 3 separate locations. The trail is easily accessible with a small parking lot and tons of restaurants nearby.  The trail begins near another popular touris...
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    • San Diego, California

      Photographing Hospitals Reef

      5.0
      Hospitals Reef is a photographer’s paradise. San Diego is known for its many beaches, but Hospitals Reef is one of my favorites to photograph. It’s easy to see why when you get there. The unique rocky shoreline is home to many unusual and wonderful sights.There is a section of rocks filled with p...
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    • San Diego, California

      Hike to Black's Beach via the Gliderport

      4.3
      2 mi / 350 ft gain
      Park at the Torrey Pines Gliderport, which is conveniently empty before sunrise. The hike down to Black's Beach features a steep hike down a winding path of natural and manmade steps along the cliff face, but stay left and cruise the bluff for endless opportunities to observe, reflect and explor...
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    • San Diego, California

      Visit Torrey Pines Gliderport

      4.5
      Park at the Torrey Pines Gliderport and walk to the railing over the cliffs. From there you can see north to Black's Beach and the Torrey Pines golf course. To the south you can see La Jolla Shores and La Jolla cove. Walk the path down to Black's Beach if you want some exercise. There is food and...
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    • Escondido, California

      Hike Bernardo Mountain Summit Trail

      5.0
      7.36 mi / 1150 ft gain
      Bernardo Mountain is located on the Coast to Crest Trail in San Dieguito River Park.The 7.36 mile out-and-back trail to the 1150 ft. summit starts on the east side of I-15. It's a relatively easy hike all the way to the top. It picks up a little once you make it to the Summit Trail junction, wher...
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    • San Diego, California

      Hike Razor Point, Beach Trail, & Broken Hill Trail Loop

      5.0
      3.2 mi
      The parking area for all of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located right off North Torrey Pines Road (where the location is for this hike), about 20-30 minutes north of San Diego. It's $10 to park, and there was also a smaller parking lot at the top of the hill if you want to avoid the ini...
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    • San Diego, California

      Hike the Beach Trail at Torrey Pines State Reserve

      5.0
      2 mi / 364 ft gain
      I'm stoked for those of you to find this adventure! Torrey Pines is home to a species of tree that is one of the most rare native pines in the United States. Below I have directions on how to get to the trail head as well as the parking lot to park for the hike. There is a charge to get into the...
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    • San Diego, California

      Hiking the Guy Fleming Trail

      5.0
      0.7 mi / 100 ft gain
      This trail is located in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, a beautiful area about 20-30 minutes north of San Diego. To access the reserve, park in the lot off of North Torrey Pines Road (pay $10 to park). If you don't want to walk up the huge hill at the beginning (it is steep and long), I beli...
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    • San Diego, California

      Hiking Torrey Pines

      4.7
      5.5 mi / 300 ft gain
      The beach trail brings you from the parking lot across the lodge from the bluff down to the beach. You can choose to visit the Red Butte, the Razor Point, and the Yucca Point trails along the way. Of the other trails, this trail seems to provide a complete walkthrough of geological features; it a...
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    • Del Mar, California

      Watch the Sunset at Sunset Seat in Del Mar

      3.8
      0.5 mi / 200 ft gain
      In a place in our country where you can take an epic sunset picture nearly everyday, its hard say there is one location tin San Diego that is better than another. I'll let you in my new favorite secret spot to take amazing sunset pictures with a cool piece of art work at the location. Visit the t...
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    • Escondido, California

      Day Hike Elfin Forest

      4.6
      Elfin Forest is one of the most beautiful and unique trails in all of San Diego, CA. The parking is free as well as the overflow parking area. There is an Interpretive Center located in the staging area where you can speak to park rangers, learn about the wildlife and trail locations. The parking...
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    • Solana Beach, California

      Annie’s Canyon Trailhead

      4.7
      2 mi / 100 ft gain
      If you're looking for a super short hike, this 10 minute flat walk couldn't be more ideal. Start at 840 N Rios Avenue, Solana beach and walk east towards the FWY 5 where you will see Annie’s Canyon on your right. There is only one way to go up the canyons and it gets pretty tight in places, but y...
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    • Escondido, California

      Camp at Dixon Lake

      2.1 mi / 295 ft gain
      Dixon Lake is Escondido's best kept secret! A man-made reservoir located right next to Daley Ranch, Dixon Lake offers overnight camping, boat rentals, fishing, and hiking, along with picnic areas, a kids park, and more.  The campground is open year-round and is located next to the lake with a lof...
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    • Encinitas, California

      San Elijo State Beach Campground

      4.5
      This campground is located right next to the beach as well as next to the San Elijo Lagoon. Head to the beach during the day for a swim. This is also a great place to catch a sunset. If you want to stretch your legs and get moving a bit, you can hike around the San Elijo Lagoon to the east of the...
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