Need to escape the everyday? Break away from the norm by treating your family to a San Diego Spring Break. The temperatures are warm, the ocean is nearby, and there are a variety of things to do that will keep kids young and old entertained. What should you do on your San Diego Spring Break vacation? Read on.


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Go Wild at the San Diego Zoo

If there’s one thing the whole family can agree on, it’s the San Diego Zoo. Famous the world over for its renowned animal care and exhibits. The urban paradise can easily take a whole day to see, as this place is a lot more than your typical zoo. Start your day off with a guided bus tour of the park. Gaining perspective on this nearly 100-acre park is key to making the most of your day. Decide which exhibits you want to visit again during your San Diego Spring Break vacation, then trek through the botanical canopy of the zoo for a closer look. Highlights for me always lie in the Lost Forest, home to gorillas, tigers, and hippos; Panda Canyon, home to Giant Pandas; and Elephant Odyssey, home to elephants, lions, and jaguars. Your San Diego Zoo ticket includes the Kangaroo Express Bus and Skyfari Aerial Tram. Use them! They make traversing the park much easier and save you tons of time.

Highlights for me always lie in the Lost Forest, home to gorillas, tigers, and hippos; Panda Canyon, home to Giant Pandas; and Elephant Odyssey, home to elephants, lions, and jaguars. Your San Diego Zoo ticket includes the Kangaroo Express Bus and Skyfari Aerial Tram. Use them! They make traversing the park much easier and save you tons of time.



Build Memories at LEGOLAND

If you have children under the age of 12, LEGOLAND California is just for them. If you’re a parent, you already know the love for LEGOS. At this theme park, that love explodes with larger-than-life LEGO sculptures, Imagination Centers, LEGO-based rides with mild thrills, silly shows featuring LEGO people, and so much more. This spring visitors have exclusive access to LEGO Movie 4D: The Next Adventure, too.  Right outside LEGOLAND is SEA Life Aquarium and it’s included in your ticket purchase. Total bonus! The aquarium incorporates LEGO statues and designs into the underwater scene, a perfect complement to your day at LEGOLAND.


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Take to the Outdoors

Be sure to spend at least one of your San Diego Spring Break vacation days sightseeing.  Spectacular sea cliffs, rugged desert terrain, and endless ocean combine to create a natural beauty that can be appreciated at any age. The first time I visited San Diego, I discovered Torrey Pines and have been singing its praises ever since. As a natural reserve its home to not only threatened plants and unique geological formations but stunning overlooks of the coastline and surrounding La Jolla.  The Cabrillo National Monument at Point Loma, with its tide pools, tall cliffs, and lighthouse, is another favorite as is Seaside Cliffs, a stretch of coastline known for its epic sunsets.

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Sun, sand, and surf are sure to bring the smiles!

Hit the Sand & Surf

San Diego has some pretty great beaches so it would be a shame to not spend any time at one. And there are so many to choose from! Coronado Beach, with the iconic Hotel Del Coronado framing its shores, is a classic beach consistently voted one of America’s best by the Travel Channel. Mission Beach is ideal for families as the meandering coastline has calm waters, there is lifeguard service during peak season, beachside eateries make it easy to snack and Belmont Park is nearby. Family-friendly La Jolla Shores has sandy beaches and mild waves so young kids can play in shallow waters and bigger kids can body board and even try to surf. Other family favorites include Del Mar, Moonlight Beach, and Tide Beach Park.

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Balboa Park

Sneak in Some Edutainment

There’s no reason kids can’t learn something new while on a San Diego Spring Break vacation. At the New Children’s Museum families will find a dynamic atmosphere filled with inventive and engaging art experiences. Get hands-on with activities and performances at this one-of-a-kind attraction. Tour the USS Midway for a unique glimpse at U.S. history. There are 60 exhibits, 25 restored aircrafts, aviator simulators and so much more to learn aboard this historic aircraft carrier. Balboa Park, with 15 educational yet entertaining museums, is known as the “Smithsonian of the West” due to its vast cultural offerings. Kids especially enjoy the San Diego Air & Space Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

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Play with Your Food

Okay, I’m not really advocating playing with your food. However, eating in San Diego can certainly be categorized as fun which equals playtime in my book. Kids are notorious for being picky eaters, but kid-friendly San Diego restaurants cater to not only their taste buds but their creative side. The Village Pizzeria offers a Build-Your-Own-Pizza night every Wednesday, where kids receive their own pre-rolled dough, marina, cheese and 3 toppings of their choice to create their own specialty, custom pie. Bonus: There are 11 craft beers on tap for adults, seriously scenic views and nearby grassy area for the kids to roam. Waypoint Public has a designated kid’s area with books, games and astro turf for kids who thinking sitting still is for the birds. Plus, they have an affordable just-for-kids menu with hots dogs, mac ‘n cheese and burgers, while adults can enjoy a selection of over 30 craft beers and inventive food menu. Another notable mention is the throwback Corvette Diner, which has a massive arcade room, magicians, and live entertainment.

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Put these San Diego Spring Break vacation ideas for families to use on your escape from the ordinary. Your kids will thank you!

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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting San Diego to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

If you’re searching for a place to vacation with the kids, stop! You’ve found it in San Diego, California. With weather that’s wonderful year-round, engaging entertainment options and a family-friendly vibe, this vacation destination does not disappoint. Accordingly, it’s a favorite city for parents and kids to play. Use this list to hop, skip and jump your way around SoCal experiencing the best things to do in San Diego for families.

Plan your vacation around these things to do in San Diego for families.

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Beach days are the best!

1) The Beach

This one’s kind of a given, right? San Diego has miles of sunny and sandy coastline just begging to be visited. Parents like the fact several San Diego beaches are super family-friendly, too. With that in mind, here are a few kid-approved beaches:

  • Silver Strand State Park
  • La Jolla Shores
  • Oceanside


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San Diego Zoo is one of the only zoos in the world with pandas

2) San Diego Zoo

One of America’s best zoos is located here. And it’s can’t miss! With world-class animal exhibits, including rare pandas, parents will enjoy this outing just as much as the kids. Be sure to go on the guided bus tour, great for getting an overview of this 100-acre zoo. To learn even more expert tips for visiting San Diego Zoo, watch our insider video.

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Balboa Park is one of the prettiest in America

3) Balboa Park

San Diego Zoo is technically located within Balboa Park, but there’s a whole lot more to see here. Home to 14 museums and gorgeous gardens, you can easily spend a whole day exploring with your family. Highlights for families include:

  • San Diego Natural History Museum: animatronic dinosaurs
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center: hands on science exhibits
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum: Dress up like an astronaut


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View seals in their natural environment at La Jolla Cove

4) La Jolla Cove

Upscale home and shops surround La Jolla Cove, but the real gem of the area is its cove. The picturesque cove, and its surrounding sea cliffs, have a large population of sea lions. Get out and mingle with them. Your kids will flip! And you’ll probably take about 100 photos. I know I did!


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5) Cabrillo National Monument

The Cabrillo National Monument is a fun way to give your kids a hands-on history lesson. Tour the museum highlighting the first expedition to San Diego as well as Point Loma Lighthouse. In addition, the Point Loma Tide Pools are nearby. Kids love checking out the scenery and the sea life there.

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Hand up for fun!

6) LEGOLAND California

If you’re kids are young, and love LEGOs, you’ve got to go to this theme park. It was created with them in mind, with everything from hands-on exhibits to kid-sized rides. Moreover, there’s an on-site water park perfect for those hot San Diego days.


Up close experiences are a signature of SeaWorld

7) SeaWorld San Diego

You’re near the ocean, so why not learn about it at SeaWorld San Diego? This marine park has immersive exhibits dedicated to sea life. Thus, you can explore penguins, sea lions, dolphins, sea turtles and more. Combine this with exciting shows and rides and you’ve got one of the top things to do in San Diego for families.

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8) Birch Aquarium at Scripps

This La Jolla aquarium is another way to get an ocean education in San Diego. There are touch pools and tanks with up-close views of moon jellies, sharks, lion fish and more. All of this means families with babies and toddlers will especially enjoy Birch Aquarium.

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The beach and sea cliffs of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

9) Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Torrey Pines is stunningly beautiful and one of the best showcases of the natural beauty of San Diego. For this reason, it’s one of the best places to get outdoors in SoCal. There are eight trails to trek, with the Beach Trail and Razor Point trail two favorites. You can easily make a beach day of it here, too, as the Beach Trail has beach access.


The USS Midway is educational yet fun for kids

10) USS Midway

Located along Navy Pier in downtown San Diego, USS Midway Museum features the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Kids will get a kick being aboard this real life carrier, where they can engage in activities like listening to real pilot conversations during Desert Storm, climbing in bunks, and more.

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Bonus: Catch a Game

If your family are baseball fans, why not catch a game in San Diego? Petco Stadium, home to the San Diego Padres, does a top notch job of creating a unique atmosphere for ball games. Not only is weather pretty much always optimal, the stadium serves food key to the San Diego culinary scene. Think burritos, barbeque and pizza. Couple that with a better-than-most craft beer selection and you’ve got an activity sure to please every member of the family.

Which Things to Do in San Diego for Families Are For You?

With this list of the top 10 things to do in San Diego for families you’ve surely found a few perfect for your vacation. Did we miss a favorite San Diego activity? Let us know what your family loves to do here and we’ll be sure to include it in our list.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting San Diego to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Let’s face it: As adults we spend entirely too much time working. We all need to break away from the everyday now and again, leaving the hustle and bustle of our routines behind for new experiences. One of the perfect places to do just that is San Diego. There are so many things to do in San Diego for adults you won’t waste a minute of your time wondering “What’s next?” For recommendations on what to do and where to go, check out my list below.

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Kayak into a cave with La Jolla Kayak

La Jolla Kayak

The scenic setting of La Jolla is ideal for water adventures like kayaking. The surrounding cliffs and seashores are pretty, but the main attraction is kayaking into the famous Seven Caves and La Jolla Underwater Park. The original La Jolla Kayak tour, which is 2-hours, includes sightings of spectacular marine life around, such as Dolphin, Sea Lions, Leopard Sharks, and Garibaldi. Plus, kayaking into a cave is seriously cool. If you’d prefer, though, you can choose a sunset kayak tour to experience those oh-so-lovely San Diego sunsets. Bonus: Stop at Seal Beach to get up-close to native sea lions.


The view from Razor Point Trail

Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve & Beach

The first time I visited Torrey Pines, I fell in love. The charming coastal nature reserve has some seriously breathtaking panoramic views unspoiled by the progress of man. Throughout the park there are eight miles of trails, each zig-zagging along bluffs and with gorgeous overlooks of the Pacific Ocean at every turn. The twisty Torrey Pine, found in only two places on Earth, is also a sight to behold as are the rugged cliffs and varied desert plant life. A sandy beach is the end reward for those on the Beach Trail and Broken Hill Trail, while the best scenic vistas can be found on the Razor Point and High Point Trail.

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Go on a romantic gondola ride in San Diego

The Gondola Company

Gondolas seem to set just the right mood for romance. The Gondola Company accompanies guests around the Coronado Cays, an area dotted with beautiful homes and harbors. Cruises last 50-minutes, includes an Italian appetizer plate or dessert plate (think chocolate covered strawberries), as well as a blanket to keep you cozy. Riders can also bring their own wine, with glasses and openers provided. Sit back, sip your beverage of choice, and let the gondoliers take you on a cruise ripe with passion. Sometimes the gondoliers even singing, making it a truly transportive experience. Tours depart daily from 3pm-Midnight.

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Stroll around stunning Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Where do I even start? Balboa Park, with over 85 attractions, provides the perfect playground for adults seeking a cultural experience. The main attraction at Balboa Park is the San Diego Zoo, but there are also 15 museums, gorgeous gardens, cultural centers, a carousel and more. Spend the day leisurely touring Balboa Park: listen to an outdoor organ concert, stroll through the free Japanese Botanical Garden, watch a play at The Old Globe Theater and dine at The Prado. With Spanish Revivial Architecture framing all of Balboa Park, it’s easy to see why this is one of the favorite things to Do in San Diego for adults. For a complete Balboa Park guide, click here.


See the best of the historic Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter

I love the atmosphere at The Gaslamp Quarter. Stretching for 16 square blocks, this Victorian-era district intermingles with modern skyscrapers creating a unique place to play. With more than 100 restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs, as well as shops and cultural offerings like theaters, art galleries, museums and concert venues, the Gaslamp Quarter is the go-to place to spend a night out in San Diego, California. Rooftop bars are a signature of the Gaslamp Quarter’s nightlife scene. Altitude Sky Lounge, RoofTop600 and Float are just a few of places to sip a drink, soak up the skyline and enjoy the year-round balmy San Diego weather. Other popular bars include Barley Mash, The Tipsy Crow and The Lucky Bastard Saloon. For the best date night dining, I recommend The Strip Club, Searsucker, Hopping Pig and Bang Bang. There are so many options, though, and you can’t go wrong with any of them. Check out our Gaslamp Quarter guide for even more suggestions.

As you can see, there are a variety of enticing things to do in San Diego for adults. And, this is list is just the start! Plan a San Diego vacation and discover all the ways adults can play in this inviting SoCal town.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting San Diego to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Traveling with your significant other is definitely fun, exciting, and romantic, but it can also be frustrating when plans are not made, and there is no agreement on how to spend your limited time together in a new city. When you come to San Diego, you’ll have a bucket list of things to do such as the San Diego Zoo, beaches, and beer tasting scene, I’m sure, but I’d like to help you plan your stay with other unique activities that are sure to lend some collaborative and romantic moments. Try these things to do in San Diego for couples.  You and your sweetheart are sure to have a blast!

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Potato Chip Rock


Nothing gets your endorphins flowing like physical activity, and nothing is easier and more enjoyable than going for a hike up a mountain with a beautiful view. San Diego hiking is a popular activity, and can be explored any time of the year. My favorite easy hikes are the trails at Sunset Cliffs, and Torrey Pines. They are both situated on the coastline, and offer miles of picturesque views of the horizon. (Insider note: Sunset Cliffs has free parking around the entrance to the park, but Torrey Pines has one main entrance that charges $10-$15/ car entrance, depending on the season and day.) My favorite difficult hike is Mount Woodson aka Potato Chip Rock. This hike is for the active couple because it’s steep, and will take you at least 3 hours to go up and down, but people go for the iconic photo taken at the end. (Insider note: GO EARLY…especially in the summertime. Last time I went in the afternoon during spring, the line to take the photo resembled a Disneyland ride line in the height of summer.)

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Cooking class at Sur la Table

Cooking Class

Who doesn’t love a great meal? Better yet, who doesn’t like a great meal you know you can make on your own with techniques taught to you by a professional chef? San Diego’s culinary scene is booming in the great restaurants popping up every month, but there is another way food fanatics are sharing their love. In a San Diego cooking class, students have hands on instruction by a chef. All cooking materials are provided in addition to the ingredients, and at some, you can bring your own wine to enjoy during the learning process. The easiest, most accessible class is at Sur la Table in the popular San Diego mall: Fashion Valley. Classes are inexpensive, and are always scheduled. Other great options are Café Merlot in Rancho Bernardo (North County), and Bice (Gaslamp Quarter). Just be sure to check their schedule for offered cooking classes.

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SUP nighttime paddleboarding

Nighttime (SUP) Stand Up Paddleboard

Searching for something truly unique to do while in San Diego? Paddleboarding is quickly becoming a favorite water sport for many.  Up the ante, though, by taking your sweetheart on a night tour of the San Diego Bay on a stand up paddleboard equipped with LED lights that illuminate the water and the bay floor. Your guide will lead the group around the bay, and tell you interesting stories and facts about the area. On clear nights, you may even see small fish and/or stingrays in the water! This is a fun, active and unique activity that will have you ranting and raving when it’s over!

Go for a spin on the dance floor

Go for a spin on the dance floor

Salsa Dancing/Classes

In the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, you’ll find one of my favorite restaurants that serves amazing Spanish-style tapas such as paella, empanadas, and my favorite – the bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed dates. You can have appetizers and/or dinner before heading downstairs to their mini dance club for salsa dance classes led by professional dancers. Classes start at 8:30pm, and then the dance floor opens up to Latin dance lovers so you can practice your new moves. Check out the Café Sevilla events calendar, and call for class times.

Now that you‘ve got some great ideas on things to do with your partner in crime, make sure you muster up enough energy to do as much as you can while in San Diego. One last suggestion from me to you is to get a $35 hour-long Asian massage at Happy Head to get some recharging in between activities. It’s casual and easy. You can walk up to any of the locations. Have fun exploring!

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To truly witness the scenery of San Diego you need to lace up your shoes, and hit the trails. Torrey Pines, a natural reserve located on the Southern California Coasts, is one of the most picturesque places to go. Offering dessert landscapes, ocean views and rigged cliffs, it’s a recreation dream.

The 1,750 acre reserve is named after the Torrey Pine tree. Juxtaposed against sandstone canyons and windswept cliffs, Torrey pines dot the coastal wilderness and hiking trails. The collection of trails at the park wind through the terrain, boasting postcard-worthy views at every turn. There are eight miles of trails total on the five hikes available. Which Torrey Pines hiking trails should you do? Get details for each below.

Guy Fleming Trail, Southern Overlook

Guy Fleming Trail, Southern Overlook

Guy Fleming Trail
Length: .7 mile loop
Rating: Easy

Relatively flat and easy-going, this trail is by far the easiest in the park. It also provides up-close views of Torrey pines, as well as stunning ocean views. There are two overlooks, one facing north, the other south, plus sandstone formations, spring wildflowers and sights of Gray Whales in winter to look forward to on the Guy Fleming Trail.

Razor Point Trail

Razor Point Trail

Razor Point Trail
Length: 1.4 miles round trip
Rating: Easy to Moderate

You won’t see as many Torrey pines on this route. You will, however, be rewarded with dreamy beach views as endless as the sea. Unmatched views of a gorge, badlands and ravines dotted with colorful sand and rich, green grass add to the natural display. The cliffs cut into the coast are a dramatic backdrop to the sea, demanding your attention. The trail also winds past the Red Butte Formation, ideal for a king-of-the-world photo op. You can also connect to other trails from Razor Point, such as the Beach Trail.

Beach Access with Flat Rock pictured.

Beach Access with Flat Rock pictured.

Beach Trail
Length: 1.5 miles roundtrip
Rating: Moderate

The Beach Trail isn’t the most scenic trail at Torrey Pines State Reserve, but it does have beach access. It’s only rated moderate, in my opinion as it is steep. Other than that, the trail is relative easy. Coastal chaparral dots the trail, gradually descending through badlands and along the Big Basin. You can also see visit Yucca Point. Towards the end, the trail winds into a path carved by the ocean before the sand is at your feet and a large expanse of beach at your disposal. Climb out on Flat Rock to feel the sprays of the ocean. Be sure to snap a photo or two.

An iconic Torrey pine grows alongside the Razor Point Trail

An iconic Torrey pine grows alongside the Razor Point Trail

Broken Hill Trail
Length: 2.5 miles roundtrip
Rating: Easy to Moderate

Broken Hill Trail can be accessed via North or South Fork, with both leading to the scenic overlook of Broken Hills. The parks longest trail has plenty of chaparral, few trees and inescapable views of the Pacific Ocean. After reaching Broken Hill Overlook, turn around, head back to the fork and start the hike towards the beach.   Access is provided via connecting section to the Beach Trail.

Sightseeing at the Guy Fleming Trail Southern Overlook

Sightseeing at the Guy Fleming Trail Southern Overlook

Parry Grove Trail
Length: 1 mile loop
Rating: Moderate

Parry Grove is the most secluded hike at Torrey Pines. The Whitaker Native Plant Garden is at the entrance, and hikers can see many of the park’s namesake tree on their short jaunt. In fact, the one of the park’s oldest tree can be spotted about halfway down the trail’s staircase. The downside of Parry Grove is the bark beetle infestation which has destructed a lot of this once full grove. Although short, the trail is moderate due to its steep stairs on entry and exit.

From San Diego, take Interstate 5 to the Carmel Valley Road exit. Head west to Torrey Pines Road South. The Torrey Pines Natural Reserve has a $10 entrance fee, and here are two parking options available. Park at the south end of the beach, then hike up the steep hill to access hiking trails. Or, save your stamina for the actual hikes and park in additional kits available throughout the park and at trailheads.

Helpful Tips

  • Torrey Pines is a day park only. Night activities are prohibited.
  • There are no places, or vending machines, to buy drink or food. Arrive prepared as the nearest gas station is 15 minutes away.
  • The visitor center is open daily from 9am-6pm in the summer, and 10am-4pm in the winter. Stop in for maps or to ask a park ranger for hiking advice.
  • Guided tours are available. Please inquire with the Visitor Center for exact hours, but they are typically held at 10am and 2pm and last one hour.
  • No pets are allowed.


If you’re visiting San Diego, add Torrey Pines to your list of places to go. The impressive coastal sights will leave salt on your lips, wind in your hair and postcard-worthy memories in your memory bank.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting San Diego to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Year-round balmy weather, fresh coastal breezes and an abundance of well-maintained, scenic trails, San Diego is a haven for hikers. No matter what type of hike you’re looking for, from forest-laden paths to coastal views of the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find a trail with your name on it. The diverse landscapes of the Southern California region make San Diego a superb place to lace up your hiking shoes and take to the trail.

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Torrey Pines State Reserve

Check out these popular hiking trails in San Diego:

Sunset Cliffs Beach Walk: Short and scenic, the Sunset Cliffs over a 1 mile roundtrip walk along the cliffs near the south end of Ocean Beach. Beautiful views are the highlight of this trip, with crashing waves and sunsets adding to the allure.

Torrey Pines State Reserve: There are over 8 miles of trails at this state reserve, although the longest singular trail is just 1. 5 miles. Each trail at Torrey Pines is located along the bluffs of north La Jolla, which means not only is it a year-round hiking option due to ocean breezes but views of the coast are around every bend.

Cowles Mountain: Climb to the top of Cowles Mountain within Mission Trails Regional Park to see the highest point within the city of San Diego, California. The 3-mile roundtrip vertical hike is strenuous, as steep switchbacks trace the mountain. The fantastic views at the top are well worth it, though, as panoramic vistas of San Diego County.

Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail: Oak tree-lined trails, creek crossings and deer sightings make Los Penasquitos a popular hiking choice for families. Its elevation gain is minimal, so it’s relatively easy. Plus, the 4.7 hike can be shortened as there are turn around points. A waterfall cascading through volcanic rock at mile 3 is a nice photo opportunity.

Iron Mountain Trail: Trek into the eastern mountains of Poway during this 5.8 miles excursion. Large boulders dot the trail, which are excellent for climbing. An elevation gain of 1,000 feet allows for sweeping view at the top, too.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting San Diego to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.