For a breezy bay run, start at
Waterfront Park in Little Italy
and head south past the Maritime
Museum, the USS Midway and
Ruocco Park. A great way to experience Balboa Park is an easy run
along Trail No. 1, which takes you
through the western lawn and right
to Cabrillo Bridge. One of the most
popular trails is the path to the
beach at Torrey Pines State Natural
Reserve. The moderate 3-mile trek
rewards hikers and runners with
views of sandstone canyons, groves
of the rare Torrey pine and wild
flowers before ending at a
The city hosts several marathons
and half marathons in the summer
months. The landmark Coronado
Bridge opens up for pedestrian
access on just one day every year
during The Navy’s Bay Bridge Run
Walk ( navylifesw.com/bridgerun) on
May 15. The Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon ( runrocknroll.com/san-diego)
returns for its 19th year on June 5,
with live music along the route.
Now in its 39th year, America’s
Finest City Half Marathon and 5K
( afchalf.org) on August 21 starts at
the tip of Point Loma at Cabrillo
National Monument and ends in
beautiful Balboa Park.
Don’t feel like packing up your bike and bringing it with you?
You can easily rent one on demand after you arrive in San Diego at one of 180 DecoBike kiosks throughout the city (decobike.
com), At the self-serve stations, you can get a bike for an hour or
the whole day and return it to any DecoStation around town.
Pedal along the Pacific Beach Boardwalk from the Crystal
Pier Hotel down to Belmont Park for a leisurely cruise that’s
filled with great people watching. Head over to Mission Bay for
a five-mile, flat-paved road that circles Fiesta Island. Or venture
to a scenic 11-mile strip of the Bayshore Bikeway from Coronado to Imperial Beach, where a separate bike path surrounds
you in natural beauty.
Want to stay closer to the city? Just south of Seaport Village
is Embarcadero Marina Park North, where you can enjoy views
of both the bay and the downtown skyline. Cycle past yacht-filled marinas and old tiki resorts on Shelter Island in Point
Loma, and then take a water break at the Yokohama Friendship Bell, a two-ton bronze bell that was a gift from the city of
Run and Ride
Fans of cycling can watch
the Amgen Tour of California, an 800-mile Tour
de France–style cycling
road race, which starts
in San Diego on May 15.
Top racers from around
the globe will depart from
Mission Bay and travel
through Balboa Park,
downtown and the harbor.
THREE TRAILS TO TRY
This easy, shaded trail ends
at Palomar Observatory,
home to the Hale Telescope.
With networks of paved trails, myriad green spaces
and great weather year-round, San Diego is one of the
best cities to explore on foot or by bike.
La Jolla Cove Loop
Head north on Coast
Boulevard to the
Children’s Pool to watch
the sea lions frolic.
Sunset Cliffs Trail
Walking along this rugged
coastline overlooking the
crashing waves is spectacular
at any time of day.
The Navy’s Bay
Bridge Run Walk