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Day Trips Around San Diego

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Lots of ideas for quick day trips during San Diego vacations

San Diego Day Trips

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If you have more than one or two days to spend during your San Diego visit, anywhere within the circle is about a two-hour drive. These are the most popular places for a San Diego day trip:

Tijuana: The world's most-visited border city is only a short drive from San Diego. Our guide includes special tips about crossing the border and how to bargain with the Tijuana shopkeepers, but read the cautions before you go.

Julian: A charming gold-rush town, cradled in the mountains and surrounded by apple orchards. Especially nice in the fall, but a pleasant side trip any time.

La Jolla: Surrounded by aquamarine waters and filled with art galleries, shops and some of the area's best restaurants, La Jolla, "the jewel" in Spanish adorns the shoreline just north of San Diego.

More San Diego Day Trips

In case you're looking for something a little different, try this list of day trips for more than 100 ideas. You'll find cute towns, tide pools full of sea creatures, a Presidential Library and behind-the-scenes tours, all within a day's drive of San Diego.

Guided San Diego Day Tours

If you'd rather have someone take you out for a San Diego day trip than do it yourself, Viator.com offers a wide range of day trips to Tijuana, Baja Wine Country, Rosarito Beach or Ensenada, Mexico along with one-day trips to Universal Studios or Disneyland.
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