When you already live in the best city on Earth, where do you go for vacation? Keep these places in mind when looking for an escape from San Diego whether it’s for a few hours or the weekend!
Hotel Del Coronado
Housed in a grand 1888 Victorian property, this luxury beachside resort hotel on Coronado Island is a 10-minute drive from downtown San Diego and sits on 28 oceanfront acres.
Estancia La Jolla & Spa
Looking to stay local for you vacation getaway? Just 20 minutes from the city, Estancia La Jolla is a stylish hotel with pampering amenities including full service spas, a heated pool, and landscaped gardens all surrounded by hiking and biking trails.
The Grand Del Mar
The Grand Del Mar in San Diego is a unique place to visit. The resort offers championship golf, a luxury spa, and four swimming pools, ideal for lounging in the sun and relaxing Southern California-style.
Cleveland National Forest
Just 30 miles east of San Diego and covering more than 460,000 acres, the forest includes 15 campgrounds and the Laguna Mountain Lodge which offers 17 cabins and 12 motel units. The forest itself has 80 hiking trails, 45-plus horseback riding trails, numerous picnic facilities, scenic drives, and fishing at the Loveland Reservoir.
The Temecula Valley Wine Country lies just 60 miles from San Diego and boasts 30+ wineries on 35,000 acres featuring picnic grounds, gift shops, restaurants, and tasting rooms at the oldest wineries in the region.
The desert resort town of Palm Springs, about 120 miles northeast of San Diego, typically sees the sun more than 350 days a year. The city includes numerous casinos, golf courses, tennis courts, boutique shops, and the Palm Springs Aerial Tram, a nearly 6,000-foot ascent to the top of nearby Mount San Jacinto via a tramcar.
Big Bear/Snow Summit
With Bear Mountain only about 3 hours away from San Diego and offering snowboarding/skiing during the winter and hiking and paddle boarding on the lake during the summer, this is an ideal year round getaway spot.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
The famous Monterey Bay Aquarium continues to amaze youngsters with its floor-to-ceiling marine habitat displays. It now features a new tentacle-themed exhibit featuring squid, cuttlefish, and the world’s largest octopus. Monterey is a longer drive from San Diego than some of the other vacation spots on this list, but it is well worth the time.
This Italian and Spanish styled castle 1 hour north of San Louis Obispo sits on 250,000 acres and features numerous gardens, pools, libraries, and bathrooms. Once belonging to William Randolph Hearst, a newspaper tycoon, it is now a designated spectacle for tourists.
If you visit the Grand Canyon from May to October,try the North Rim region, which sees 4 million fewer visitors every year than the South Rim. You won’t have to fight the crowds at this outdoor hot spot.
What is your favorite getaway from San Diego, America’s Finest City?