Weekend Trips in San Diego

1. Idyllwild-Pine Cove, San Diego

Idyllwild-Pine Cove - Lake

Mile-high Idyllwild is the perfect getaway for those looking for more than a quick breath of fresh air. After the outdoor activities, visitors can relax in one of many restaurants, or jam the night away in a local live-music venue.

2. Carlsbad, San Diego

Carlsbad San Diego

San Diego County's third largest city. Carlsbad is known for its great surf spots and beach vibes, but the runaway attraction is Legoland California. Restaurants, cafes, and bars abound.

3. Encinitas, San Diego

Encinitas - View 1

Recently awarded as one of the top 20 surf towns in the world. Beaches aside, Encinitas' downtown area is a well-established mix of surf stores, seafood restaurants, and coffee shops. The locale also harbors the San Diego Botanic Garden.

4. Temecula, San Diego

Temecula California

Resort destination north of San Diego with an abundance of activities. Temecula Valley Wine Country, Old Town Temecula, and Pechanga Resort & Casino are amongst the most popular. Expect crowds for the Balloon and Wine festival in May.

5. Imperial County, San Diego

Imperial County - Beach

A mostly untouched area of SoCal bordering Arizona and Mexico. Obsidian Butte’s old volcanic rocks are a go-to for geology fans, and Salton Seas - an 889-square-kilometer salt lake - sustains a variety of wildlife.

6. Catalina Island (Santa Catalina Island), San Diego

Catalina Island (Santa Catalina Island) - Southern California

An island just 22 miles off the coast of California. Small enough to explore in day, Santa Catalina is known for its beaches, watersports, coastal towns, seafood, and mountain peak. Ferries can be taken from several mainland cities.

7. Coronado, San Diego

Coronado - View

A popular resort city on its own peninsula in San Diego Bay, easily accessed by foot, ferry, or car. Coronado offers something for all - from eateries and bars to golf courses and a dog beach. An easy day trip from San Diego.

8. Dana Point, San Diego

Dana Point (Orange County) 1

A coastal city for slow-paced travel. Dana Point offers boutique lodging and ample access to the Californian waters - whether it's for surfing or year-round whale watching. The Headlands Conservation Area is also worth a visit.

9. Orange County, San Diego

Orange County - Rocks

Famous for its many television incarnations and roster of iconic attractions - from Laguna Beach to Anaheim's Disneyland. Orange County offers 42 miles of coastland and some of the world’s finest vineyards. Year-round sun and leisure.