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Things To Do in San Diego | Summer Travel Guide

Friday, July 13, 2018

Happy Friday! My sister and niece just booked a flight to San Diego to visit Matt and me. To say I'm excited is an understatement because it's been over a year and a half since they've been here! (Also Shannon takes the best blog photos, I won't lie.) Then next month my oldest friend in the world is having her bachelorette party here too! Therefore, today's post is a list of suggestions of must-see places and things to do if you're also planning a trip to SD, whether it be for just a long weekend or 7+ days. (Honestly, this list is just as much for you as it is for me since we have a lot to fit in and I need to remind myself of the priorities!)

Must-sees for a long weekend 

The quintessential tourist spot -- that locals love too -- is Balboa Park. You can easily spend a whole day there meandering around the rose gardens, 17 museums (check online for info on free days and all day passes), cafes, etc. It's close to downtown so you can take a leisurely stroll, short Lyft ride, or Bird Scooter there too!

I may be biased since we live here but La Jolla Cove should most certainly be on your list if you're coming out this way. The coastline is breathtaking and, best of all, there are seals and sea lions all around in their natural habitat! Plus, the little downtown area called "The Village" is super walkable and full of nice restaurants and shops.

As the name suggests, catch the sunset at Sunset Cliffs after a day of walking around Ocean Beach, the hippiest little Southern California beach neighborhood you'll ever see. (If you're looking for food Plant Power is a MUST - as are their milkshakes! We go pretty much every time we're down in OB.)

    Must-sees for a whole week vacation

     If you have the extra time, get over to the town of Coronado. It's quaint and the beaches are stunning. The famous Hotel Del is there too, which is a great spot to cozy up around a beach bonfire while looking for dolphins.

    If you can, I totally recommend spending a day to drive along the coast to check out North San Diego County. North County has some of my very favorite cities like Del Mar, Solana Beach, Leucadia, Carlsbad, etc. They all offer cute coffee shops, amazing ocean views, and all those relaxed "SoCal vibes" people come here to experience.

    Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve has some of the best hiking around. You do have to pay entrance to get inside but it is totally worth it. The views are STELLAR and the hikes are fun! (Even if you don't love to hike, there are plenty of easy walking paths to enjoy too.)

    Mount Soledad is not far from La Jolla Cove and it offers an amazing 360-degree view of San Diego. On a clear day you can see the ocean, city, and mountains all from standing in one (very high up) spot. It's the best view we've found yet!

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    I've previously written about places to go in San Diego - which you can see here, as well as my favorite local vegan spots here - but now that we've lived here longer, the list has grown exponentially and needed updating for sure!

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    Where are your favorite spots in San Diego? If you've never been before, which spot looks like it'd be first on your list?

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