Your guide to all things San Diego

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Born and raised a San Diegan, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to explore this beautiful city in the past. If you’re looking for a place to go this spring break, head over to San Diego, located just two hours south of Los Angeles. This wonderful coastal city features an array of biomes, towns and surf spots. Take a hike in the mountains or chill for a little at the beach. Here are some of my favorite towns and spots to hit up in this charming Southern California destination.

Encinitas 

A small, loveable surfer town, this local spot has an impressive array of beaches ranging from Beacon’s, Grandview and Stone Steps. While you’re there, pick up some yummy treats at Leucadia Donut Shoppe or some much-needed caffeine at the train-station-turned-coffee-shop, Pannikin Coffee & Tea.

Julian 

If you’re trying to hit the trails, Julian is the perfect place to go. A quaint and lovely historical mining town, it sports some well-loved spots such as the Julian Pie Company and Wolf Center. You can also take a quick trip to the Pacific Crest Trail overlooking the Anza-Borrego Desert for a dose of nature.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Just beyond Julian, you’ll find California’s largest state park, the Anza-Borrego Desert. A haven for all things nature, this beautiful hilly park includes notable trails such as Slot Canyon and Borrego Palm Canyon. Make sure to either catch a sunset over the desert plains or even settle under the beautiful night sky to see the Milky Way in all its glory. 

Downtown San Diego

Looking for more of a bustling, citylike atmosphere, or want to relax with a drink or two? Downtown San Diego is the place to go. Featuring hot spots such as Gaslamp Street and Little Italy, this is perfect if you’re missing skyscrapers and compact city living.

North Park and Balboa Park

Just east of downtown San Diego lies North Park. Trendy, yet down to earth, this up-and-coming neighborhood is filled with quaint bookshops and Balboa Park just up in the hillsides. Balboa Park is known for its host of different museums, ranging from the Fleet Science Center to the Museum of Us. My personal favorite, the San Diego Museum of Art, displays the likes of Diego Rivera and Salvador Dali.

With so many things to do, it’d be a tragedy not to visit. By sharing some of my favorite spots, I hope you can love San Diego just as much as I do.

Contact Sophie Godarzi at [email protected].