Queen Califia's Magic Circle

If you're traveling with children, or if you love art and the outdoors, a side trip to Escondido's Kit Carson Park is definitely in order. Inside the park's 12-acre Iris Sankey Arboretum is Queen Califia's Magic Circle, a magnificent...  Read More

Torrey Pines State Beach and Park

There are two sections here. Along the bluffs overlooking the sea there are eight miles of trails through the unique landscape (the twisted Torrey pine tree is found in only two places on earth: in this park and on an island almost 200 miles to...  Read More

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
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Find out what life was like in Mexico and early America back in the 1800s. This spot is where the city of San Diego was born, and it contains historic treasures unearthed by archeologists over the years. The historic park includes several...  Read More

One of San Diego's largest and wildest parks, Mission Trails sprawls over about 5800 acres. It includes more than 40 miles of trails for hikers and mountain bikers of all abilities, a lake, campgrounds, and a fine Visitor and Interpretive Center...  Read More

Ellen Browning Scripps Park

Situated just above La Jolla Cove, this park is a favorite of weekend picnickers. It also invites strolls along the waterfront sidewalk and games of shuffleboard. Most of the surrounding area is a wildlife preserve, so it offers excellent...  Read More

This park encompasses 4600 acres – with 27 miles of shoreline, of which 19 are sandy beach. Facilities include marinas, a horseshoe court, sand volleyball courts, fire rings, picnic areas, children's play areas, and paths for biking,...  Read More

Balboa Park
Balboa Park
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With over 85 cultural and recreational facilities, Balboa Park is a must-see. It's probably best to start at the Visitor's Center for a map and events calendar, and to purchase a Balboa Park Passport, which provides entrance to most of park's...  Read More

Kate Sessions park boasts one of the most spectacular views of San Diego including downtown, Mission Bay, the ocean and beyond. The parking lot faces the view so often times you'll see people working or resting in their cars while soaking up the...  Read More

Cabrillo National Monument
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Don't leave San Diego without visiting the Cabrillo National Monument, perched high on the cliffs at the end of the Pt. Loma peninsula. You'll be awed by the spectacular view onto San Diego Bay, downtown San Diego, and the mountains looming...  Read More