San Diego has to be one of those near perfect places to visit pretty much any time of the year. The weather is fairly consistent all year long, and it seems like the sun is always shining. It’s also very easy for those of us on the West Coast to get to within a few hours, making this a perfect place for a long weekend getaway.
Once you’re there, it may be tempting to hit all of the popular spots, which is absolutely fine. However you may also want to consider some lesser known things to get off the beaten path a bit and experience a side of San Diego many won’t take the time to enjoy.
Before we jump into the list, a quick word about getting there and some thoughts on where to stay. San Diego International Airport is most likely the place you’ll want to fly into and out of. This is especially true if you’re going in for a long weekend where you’ll want to maximize your time in the city.
Where to stay depends on what you plan on doing and whether or not you’ll have a car. Personally, I like to be near the water to take advantage of time on the beach during the evenings. Pick 3 or 4 main things (or even 1 or 2) you want to do during your time in the city, then choose a hotel in close proximity to those things. There are plenty of hotels in San Diego to choose from all over the price spectrum.
5 Things To Do In San Diego
- Spruce Street Suspension Bridge – This may not seem much like a treasure, until you roll up to the placard on the bridge and realize it was built in 1912. Over 100 years old! I love suspension bridges and this one provides some great views and plenty of wiggle while you walk over it. It’s located in northern Bankers Hill.
- ARCO Olympic Training Center – Located in Chula Vista, the Olympic Training Center is where athletes train for the summer Olympics. You have the option of a guided tour on Saturdays, or self-guided tours daily. You’ll see the Olympic flame cauldron, however it’s only lit during the Olympics.
- Torrey Pines Gliderport – When you hear Torrey Pines, you may think golf, but there is some great hiking with spectacular views from this part of the city. Gliderport is a city-owned glider airport dedicated to private-use. You’ll enjoy some gorgeous scenery and plenty of things riding the winds to watch.
- Imperial Beach – If you’re looking for a lesser known beach to stroll on, avoid the crowds and head to Imperial Beach. While it is starting to gain some momentum in San Diego, it’s still relatively quiet and uncrowded. Don’t let the lack of crowds fool you, though. Imperial Beach has plenty of great restaurants and shopping to make a day, or weekend, spent here worthwhile.
- The Goat Canyon Railroad Trestle – This may seem like an odd one, but located just east of San Diego, in Anza-Borrego State Park, is the largest wooden railroad trestle in the world. This is a full day hike for experienced hikers, but if you’re up for some adventure, and you have the hiking chops, it’s one worth checking into.
San Diego is a diverse city with lots to offer. Of course there are beaches, biking, surfing, etc., but if you’re looking for something a little different, or at least a little different take on one of those things, consider one or more of the things above. If none of those strike your fancy, do some digging to find unique adventures to take while visiting this wonderful city.