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Best Things To Do In San Diego…Outside

Updated: Mar 30

Booked a trip to SD, but don’t even know where to start when it comes to planning things to do?! San Diego is one of those places that no matter how hard you try, you can’t see it all in one weekend-getaway. Every nook and cranny offers a hidden gem or a sight to see. Luckily for you, we’ve gathered some of the best things for you to do in San Diego…outside, because why would you want to be inside in sunny San Diego?

Take a bike or scooter ride on the strand

San Diego has a beautiful coastline worth exploring. If you are looking for the perfect beach activity, we suggest rent a Mount scooter or e-bike and following the coastline from Mission Beach to La Jolla Cove. This is a great alternative for travelers that want to stay active, but also want to enjoy the San Diego beach life. There are lots of fun stops to be made on this route. Here's our fav pit stops along the way: 1st stop: Belmont Amusement Park

2nd stop: grab a bite to eat in Pacific Beach

3rd stop: a quick pit stop to see some seals on Seal Rock

4th stop: check out the sea life at the La Jolla Tide Pools

final stop: explore Sunny Jim’s Sea Cave in La Jolla Cove

Visit Balboa Park

Balboa Park is one of the most notable attractions in San Diego and rightfully so! The park is 1,200 acres and houses many iconic San Diego landmarks. Balboa Park has a whopping 20 museums, 12 must-see attractions, 19 gardens, five trails, and almost everything in between. With an average of 266 sunny days a year, Balboa Park is almost always a good idea!

Explore North Park

At one point this San Diego neighborhood was ranked #13 on Forbes’ Best Hipster Neighborhoods in America. From local micro-breweries to boutiques to fun, upbeat events, North Park truly has it all! With a walkability score of 86, this neighborhood is a perfect place to take a walking tour and take in the electric city sights or even rent a Mount scooter or bike if you’re on a time crunch.

Cross the bridge and discover Coronado Island

See a different side of San Diego by visiting Coronado Island. Coronado is home to the infamous Hotel Del Coronado, which is said to be the inspiration for Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz, is also ranked as one of the top beaches in California. Although more than half of the island is now a Naval Base, there is still something so charming about the island city! If you’re looking for an easy-going beach day, we guarantee you’ll fall in love with Coronado! If you do end up falling in love with this small town and want to stay a night or two, check out our friends at Righteous Rentals. They have 7 gorgeous vacation rentals, conveniently located in downtown Coronado, equipped with Mount scooters! Wanna learn more about Righteous Rentals? Check out our Host Spotlight with Greg Rollins.

Get like a local and take a La Jolla

Like we said before, San Diego has on average 266 sunny days a year; because of that, the things SD locals love to do almost more than hanging out at their fav micro-breweries, is hiking. An infamous hiking gem for local San Diegans is Torrey Pines State Reserve. The great thing about Torrey Pines is there are different trails depending on how intense you want your hike to be! Regardless of which path you choose, you’ll end up seeing some of the best view of San Diego.

Did we miss anything? Let us know your San Diego musts in the comments below.

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