JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN
This serene, 12-acre oasis in Balboa Park honors
Yokohama, one of San Diego’s sister cities. See the
koi ponds, meditative waterfalls, bridges, stone
arrangements and cherry tree grove, then enjoy
tea and sushi at the Tea Pavilion.
MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK
San Diego’s largest park is home to 60 trails,
boating, camping, birdwatching, guided nature
walks, and the oldest dam west of the Mississippi.
Hike the three-mile trail up Cowles Mountain, the
highest point in the city, for epic 360-degree views
of downtown, Mexico, mountains and the Pacific.
SAN DIEGO BOTANIC GARDEN
This 37-acre paradise in Encinitas features 4,000
plant species and 29 themed gardens. Wander
through North America’s largest public bamboo
garden, commune with the butterflies and hummingbirds, get familiar with plants from Down
Under in the Australian Garden, or play in the
Hamilton Garden, an educational wonderland for