views from the
the sea from
above La Jolla
From urban neighborhoods and
coastal communities to the wide-open desert landscapes and
pastoral countryside, San Diego
County is a diverse and dazzling
place with much to explore.
THREE TO TRY
Photo Walking Tour of San Diego
Renowned photographer Aaron Chang
Brothels, Bites and Booze Tour
has created a map and video clips to
guide visitors to the city’s scenic spots
with tips on how to best photograph
San Diego’s beauty.
Revel in downtown’s scandalous past on a
culinary and storytelling tour through the
former Stingaree district, once home to
more than 120 brothels. The tour includes
multiple stops for food, drinks and sweets.
Whaley House Ghost Hunting Tour
Join Whaley House Museum staff
and the San Diego Ghost Hunters
for a spooky, late-night paranormal
investigation of San Diego’s most
famous haunted house.
SAN DIEGO’S SCENIC
It’s best to break up this ultimate tour of
the city over a few days, since you’ll want
to stop along the way. Blue and yellow
seagull signs mark the course, which starts
at the embarcadero B Street Cruise Ship
Terminal, next to the bay. The scenic drive
continues to Harbor Island and Shelter
Island for great city and water views, then
ventures to Point Loma and Cabrillo
National Monument. After passing the
dramatic Sunset Cliffs, it’s time to explore
Ocean Beach and Mission Bay. The road
winds up to the cross atop Mount Soledad
for 360-degree panoramic views, then
meanders through UCSD campus and
down to La Jolla Cove. Next, adventurers
cruise through Pacific Beach, Mission
Beach, and Old Town San Diego State
Historic Park; followed by bustling Hillcrest and beautiful Balboa
Park. The drive ends downtown at Seaport Village and the Gaslamp
for shopping and nightlife. For more details, go to sandiego.org.
The magnificent Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (an easy two-hour
drive from San Diego) is home to Fonts Point, a miniature Grand
Canyon with jaw-dropping views. From the sleepy town of Borrego
Springs, follow the Salton Seaway (S22) from Christmas Circle and
then look for the signs to Fonts Point. At mile marker 29. 3, turn
right onto the sandy wash (four-wheel drive vehicles only, please)
and drive four miles until the road ends. Hike up to the canyon’s
edge and drink in the otherworldly landscape carved by erosion
and filled with snaking ravines, golden hills and sandy arroyos.
Bring a picnic and watch the sun set or full moon rise.
Head toward Poway along highway 67 to the quaint town of Ramona.
Follow highway 78 as it winds through the bucolic countryside, home
to wineries, farms, apple orchards and pastures filled with grazing
horses. Along the 78, stop at Edward Cellars if you fancy a little wine
tasting and some nice Petit Syrah, along with mountain views and
roaming camels across the way at Oasis Camel Dairy. At Santa
Ysabel, hit the country antique shops, then take highway 79 to
the historical town of Julian for homemade apple pie, gold
mining, horseback riding, shopping and more.
View from the
top of Mount Soledad