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San Diego Visitors Guide

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Best of San Diego

3 days in San Diego
3 days in San Diego

San Diego has the best weather all year long and so many beautiful sites to visit it can be overwhelming. This is a list of things you can't miss on a short trip to the finest city.

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Family-friendly San Diego

San Diego for young kids
San Diego for young kids

San Diego is a family town; there are dozens of parks, beaches, LEGOLAND, Sea World and, of course, the famous San Diego Zoo. This is a list of ways to keep the young ones entertained.

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San Diego on a budget

San Diego for free
San Diego for free

From state parks to beaches and museums, San Diego offers many fun activities for those on a budget.

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Insiders' San Diego

San Diego off the beaten path
San Diego off the beaten path

San Diego is a border city, so it's only a short ride to check out the wonders of Mexico.

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Getaways from San Diego

Daytrips from San Diego
Daytrips from San Diego

San Diego has all four seasons all year long. You can visit snowy mountains one day and head to the beach or desert the next. These day trips are all within 300 miles.

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High Point and Parry Grove Trail
High Point and Parry Grove Trail

The Parry Grove trail is a short 0.5 mile loop that starts on the side of the Torrey Pines Park Road, across from the stairs leading to High Point. Starting from the trailhead, walk through the...

The Beach Trail at Torrey Pines State Beach
The Beach Trail at Torrey Pines State Beach

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...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
South Carlsbad State Beach
South Carlsbad State Beach

South Carlsbad State Beach is a great stretch of bluff-lined beach that makes a beautiful place to amble about, exploring the beach, enjoying the sunshine and the ocean breezes. At low tide, the beach...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Cowles Mountain to Pyles Peak
Cowles Mountain to Pyles Peak

Mission Trails Regional Park is a short distance from downtown San Diego and provides easy access for those who live near San Diego. With over 40 miles of trails, it is one of the largest urban parks...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
South Fortuna via Jackson
South Fortuna via Jackson

This hike is about 5.3 miles long and located near San Diego, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Los Penasquitos Canyon
Los Penasquitos Canyon

Los Penasquitos Canyon is about 6.1 miles roundtrip from the staging area to the waterfall and located near Carmel Valley/Rancho Penasquitos and Mira Mesa, California. The trail is great for hiking,...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Off the Beaten Path in San Diego's Balboa Park
Off the Beaten Path in San Diego's Balboa Park

Welcome to Balboa Park! You are about to embark on a hidden journey to parts of the park that few people ever see.

Thousands of people come to Balboa Park every day to see museums (like the San Diego...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Kitchen Creek Falls
Kitchen Creek Falls

Kitchen Creek is about 4.9 miles long and located near Boulder Oaks, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 2-4 hours.

This is a moderate hike along the Pacific Crest Trail out...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
San Diego's Fabulous Hillcrest
San Diego's Fabulous Hillcrest

Hillcrest is a neighborhood that has everything but for this guide, it's lunch, dessert, dinner, dessert, snack, dessert and a few book stores. I've also included a place to buy an antacid in case...

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San Miguel Mountain
San Miguel Mountain

San Miguel Mountain is about 4.7 miles long and located near Eastlake, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours.

This is one of the most challenging hikes I've done in...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
A Walk Through Downtown San Diego
A Walk Through Downtown San Diego

Downtown San Diego is a living tribute to history and revitalization. The Gaslamp Quarter followed up its boisterous boomtown years—the late 1800s, when Wyatt Earp ran gambling halls and sailors...

Rated 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Santa Luz/Lusardi Loop
Santa Luz/Lusardi Loop

Santa Luz/Lusardi Loop is about 9.3 miles long and located near San Diego, California. The trail is great for mountain biking and normally takes 1-3 hours. Park in the free lot next to the highway...

Perfect Day

3.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote
San Diego on the cheap (CaGirl24, 5 Jun 2006)
3.5 of 5 stars 7 Votes
Sunny San Diego Day (Tuckers, 2 May 2006)
3.0 of 5 stars 4 Votes

Perfect Weekend

Columbus Day Weekend in San Diego (Roadtravlr, 20 Dec 2009)
5.0 of 5 stars 7 Votes
4.0 of 5 stars 13 Votes
San Diego must sees. (jenkhaak, 12 Sep 2007)
3.5 of 5 stars 6 Votes

Best Of

5.0 of 5 stars 12 Votes
San Diego Area for Adventurists (FreqTravelers, 25 Oct 2007)
4.5 of 5 stars 10 Votes
Baseball Park Reviews (baltoteach, 6 May 2008)
4.0 of 5 stars 6 Votes

Recent Trip

4.5 of 5 stars 3 Votes
Southern California Dream Vacation!!!! (EmilyMarie24, 22 Jul 2013)
4.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote
Cinco de Mayo and Baseball (Treveler, 5 Jun 2006)
4.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote