Weekend Getaways Close to Home

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Temecula Wineries

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.

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 Anza-Borrego
 
Just two short hours away from San Diego, you can experience Borrego Springs, where psychedelic sunsets rule and outdoor activities run all day. Borrego, a designated International Dark Sky Community, also has some of the best stargazing in the region.
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Palm Springs

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.

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Joshua Tree
Filled with various types of trails that all lead to astonishing views along with horseback riding and rock climbing make Joshua tree easily worth the 2.5 hour drive from San Diego.
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Downtown Los Angeles
A fun destination for couples and groups who want to do some sightseeing, get some shopping in, and catch some shows. Visit Rodeo Drive, see where the stars live, get your picture on the Walk of Fame, and hike to the Hollywood Sign!
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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.

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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.

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Hearst Castle

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.

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Grand Canyon

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.

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What is your favorite getaway from San Diego, America’s Finest City?

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