San Diego’s Visitor’s Guide

San Diego is thick with unique and hidden gems.  Every town has its own vibe and is worthy of a day trip.  This page will slowly be added to, covering all must-see things in each town.  Make sure to check in regularly for updates!

HIDDEN GEMS IN ANZA BORREGO

Hidden Gems in Anza Borrego State Park We are so lucky to have such immense diversity here in San Diego County.  You can literally visit the desert, snow and beach all in one day! The name Anza Borrego received its name from Spanish colonizer Juan Bautista who named it after the bighorn ship. There are over 600,000 acres to explore […]

7 HIDDEN GEMS IN CORONADO

7 HIDDEN GEMS IN CORONADO   Coronado Island (which isn’t an island actually and instead is a peninsula) is one of San Diego’s beautiful, coastal neighborhoods. One of its most notable bragging points is that author Frank Baum used to vacation here and gathered much inspiration from his stays for the Wizard of Oz. There is plenty to do and […]

8 HIDDEN GEMS IN ENCINITAS

Encinitas is one of San Diego’s coastal neighborhoods with a great love and appreciation for color, creativity and nature.  I have have stumbled upon so many wonderful pockets while exploring out here. Here is our list of our favorite hidden gems in Encinitas! HIDDEN GEMS IN ENCINITAS: 1. Butterfly Farm link  The Butterfly Farm grow and study dozens of plants […]

7 HIDDEN GEMS IN ALPINE

**THIS IS AN ONGOING PAGE OF UNIQUE HIKES AND PLACES TO EXPLORE IN ALPINE** If you are a business and feel like you should be included in our list, please shoot us an email: [email protected]! Alpine is one of San Diego’s diverse towns which leads you to the back-country. Located on the foothills of Cuyamaca, this area is both rugged […]

22 HIDDEN GEMS IN BALBOA PARK

**THIS IS AN ONGOING PAGE OF UNIQUE HIKES AND PLACES TO EXPLORE IN BALBOA PARK** If you are a business and feel like you should be included in our list, please shoot us an email: [email protected]!   Balboa Park is one of the city’s most cherished treasures.  It is actually one of the oldest parks in the United States dedicated to […]

10 HIDDEN GEMS IN CHULA VISTA

Chula Vista is the second-largest City in San Diego County. Translating to “beautiful view,” it boasts many scenic trails and viewpoints to enjoy. The oldest site of human settlement within the modern boundaries of Chula Vista, was named Otai by the Spanish in 1769, and had been occupied as far back as 7,980 years ago. The Kumeyaay built a village […]

18 HIDDEN GEMS IN LA JOLLA

**THIS IS AN ONGOING PAGE OF UNIQUE HIKES AND PLACES TO EXPLORE IN LA JOLLA** If you are a business and feel like you should be included in our list, please shoot us an email: [email protected]!   La Jolla is one of San Diego’s true jewels, translating to jewel (joya) in Spanish. It turns out that its original name isn’t […]

HIDDEN GEMS OF LITTLE ITALY

About Little Italy  “Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.” Little Italy San Diego was originally a predominately Italian fishing neighborhood. It has transformed and undergone gentrification over the years and is now composed mostly […]

13 HIDDEN GEMS IN OLD TOWN

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10 HIDDEN GEMS IN CARLSBAD

**THIS IS AN ONGOING PAGE OF UNIQUE HIKES AND PLACES TO EXPLORE IN CARLSBAD** If you are a business and feel like you should be included in our list, please shoot us an email: [email protected]!   Carlsbad is one of San Diego’s northern, coastal towns. In the 1880s a sailor named John Frazier dug a well in the area and began […]

11 HIDDEN GEMS IN PALOMAR MOUNTAIN

**THIS IS AN ONGOING PAGE OF UNIQUE HIKES AND PLACES TO EXPLORE IN PALOMAR MOUNTAIN** If you are a business and feel like you should be included in our list, please shoot us an email: [email protected]!   Hidden Gems in Palomar Mountain Over the years Palomar Mountain has become one of my favorite places to visit. It really feels as […]

HIDDEN GEMS OF CUYAMACA

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25 HIDDEN GEMS IN ESCONDIDO

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10 HIDDEN GEMS IN FALLBROOK

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HIDDEN GEMS OF JACUMBA

**THIS IS AN ONGOING PAGE OF UNIQUE HIKES AND PLACES TO EXPLORE IN JACUMBA** If you are a business and feel like you should be included in our list, please shoot us an email: [email protected]!   The land of Jacumba has been occupied by man for thousands of years.  Prior to European settlement, the Kumeyaay called this land home, possibly […]

HIDDEN GEMS OF JULIAN

1. Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures The first thing you’ll pass when heading up to Julian from Ramona is Fort Cross Old Timey Adventure which is such a cool spot for the entire family!  They teach you all old timey skills that the pioneers of this region would use. LINK 2. Eagle & High Peak Mines Check out the Eagle Mine […]

HIDDEN GEMS OF POINT LOMA

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HIDDEN GEMS OF POWAY

**THIS IS AN ONGOING PAGE OF UNIQUE HIKES AND PLACES TO EXPLORE IN POWAY** If you are a business and feel like you should be included in our list, please shoot us an email: [email protected]!   Poway, originally called Pawiiy” or “Pauwai, means “the meeting of little valleys”. This town has deep roots tied to the Kuumeyaay Natives, dating  back […]

HIDDEN GEMS OF VISTA

**THIS IS AN ONGOING PAGE OF UNIQUE HIKES AND PLACES TO EXPLORE IN VISTA** If you are a business and feel like you should be included in our list, please shoot us an email: [email protected]! Vista is one of San Diego’s lusher towns.  It is more rare to not have a yard filled with fruit trees and a veggie garden […]