The Best Day Trips from San Diego, California

I love living in San Diego and there are plenty of things to do here, but sometimes I have the urge to venture out and explore the surrounding areas. I feel incredibly lucky that Southern California has so many amazing places from the breathtaking beaches to the calming landscapes of wine valleys. Below is a list of day trips I've made in the past year and I'm sure the list will continue to grow. 

1. Old Town Temecula (1 Hour)

OLD TOWN TEMECULA

OLD TOWN TEMECULA

I recently came across Old Town Temecula when I was trying to find a half way point to meet with a friend. This cute little western themed town is super picturesque and everyone there is so friendly. If you really want to get into the spirit, Temecula Stampede is the spot for line dancing and bull riding---Yee--Haw!!! 
 

2. Oceanside (45 Minutes)

OCEANSIDE SUNSET MARKET

OCEANSIDE SUNSET MARKET

If you are a foodie and love beach towns, then Oceanside is the place to be. There are so many new and exciting restaurants and bars popping up that it's hard to pick which one to go to. I would highly suggest checking out Sunset Market if you want a little taste of everything from around the world.
 

3. Ramona Valley (50 Minutes)

RAMONA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

RAMONA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

Ramona Valley is quite the hidden gem for wine connoisseurs. The San Diego Boutique Winery Ordinance recently legalized many of the mom-and-pop tasting rooms in Ramona, so it's not packed with tourists (yet). The views in Ramonoa Valley are gorgeous and you might even see some people horseback riding.  
 

4. Balboa Island (1 Hour 45 Minutes)

BALBOA ISLAND / PHOTO CREDIT: LIANG GE

BALBOA ISLAND / PHOTO CREDIT: LIANG GE

Balboa Island is a small man-made island in Newport Beach that has the most adorable island houses. The entire island is only 2.6 miles so you can park your car and walk around and explore the local craft shops, restaurants, bakeries, and enjoy the views.
 

5. Rancho Los Alamitos (2 Hours)

RANCHO LOS ALAMITOS, CALIFORNIA / PHOTO CREDIT: BRIAN TROPIANO

RANCHO LOS ALAMITOS, CALIFORNIA / PHOTO CREDIT: BRIAN TROPIANO

RANCHO LOS ALAMITOS, CALIFORNIA

RANCHO LOS ALAMITOS, CALIFORNIA

Located in Long Beach, Rancho Los Alamitos, is a beautiful and peaceful property filled with rich history (listed on the National Register of Historic Places). The large trees, gorgeous gardens, and bamboo forest make you feel like you are no where near Long Beach. The best part is that it's not packed with tourists, so it's a calming and quiet spot. 

6. Laguna Beach (1 Hour 40 Minutes)

LAGUNA BEACH / PHOTO CREDIT: LIANG GE

LAGUNA BEACH / PHOTO CREDIT: LIANG GE

San Diego has La Jolla Beach with cute seals and sea lions, but if you want to hit up another gorgeous beach go to Laguna. The rock formations and the Mysterious Pirate Tower are a site to see. This location is definitely a day of relaxing in the sun and sand.

I can't believe a year has gone by since I moved to San Diego and after writing this post, I noticed that all my day trips ended up in the Northern regions. I think it's time I start exploring the East and South. 

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