Five Must-Try San Diego Day Trips to Enjoy This Summer

Extend your vacation with a day trip to one of the many inviting destinations around San Diego. With plenty of options nearby, San Diego serves as the perfect hub for exploring Southern California. Take a look at our picks for must-try day trips this summer.


Nestled in a valley right outside San Diego County lies the ideal wine lover’s destination. Known as the “new Napa,” Temecula features a number of noteworthy wineries scattered throughout the area. Tour a winery or two and sip on award-winning vintages bottled just over an hour from our hotel. Go for a round of golf on one of Temecula’s many courses, sample the latest hit restaurant, or, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, take a hot air balloon ride and admire the scenic valley from new heights.

Location: 61 miles from the hotel


Go for the hikes, stay for the pies. A mountainside destination about an hour outside the city, Julian has become famous for delicious handmade pies, thanks to the Julian Pie Company. Treat yourself to a slice of your favorite pie and a hot apple cider, before walking off the calories on one of the area’s popular hikes. We recommend grabbing a few extra pies to take home —

just throw them in the freezer and save them for special occasions!

Location: 65 miles from the hotel


Venture up the coast to Carlsbad for scenic ocean views and a fun day at LEGOLAND California. Enjoy a Walk the City Tour and check out Carlsbad’s charming beach community. Or escape the big city buzz and enjoy one of Carlsbad’s many breweries. Whatever you decide, this stretch of California coastline is one of its prettiest and most versatile.

Location: 34 miles from the hotel


Located just an hour and a half north of San Diego, Anaheim is another great day-trip destination, especially for families. Park hop between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, try new rides, snap selfies with your favorite characters, enjoy your fair share of Dole Whip, Mickey Mouse shaped pretzels, and more!

Location: 96 miles from the hotel

Palm Springs

Travel to Palm Springs for the day to find a retro desert oasis waiting to be explored. Stop into various vintage shops around the area, have drinks at a posh bar in the valley, and check out the Palm Springs Art Museum to see the latest exhibitions. A popular vacation destination for the stars during Hollywood’s Golden Age, Palm Springs is a little over two hours away by car, so get on the road early to make the most of your day.

Location: 142 miles from the hotel