The San Diego Summer Bucket List

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Top 10 Things to Do for an Epic Summer

San Diego is the best place to experience a real California summer. There's so much sunshine and plenty of parks and beaches to enjoy your time outdoors. My list of top 10 spots will help you plan your most perfect summer days.

1. Take the Pup to Mission Bay - This park is my favorite for the dogs because the grass is always fresh green and very trimmed. Perfect for some fun doggie playtime with a sunset background.

2. Sip Cocktails at Coronado - The beach is maintained by the prestigious Hotel del Coronado and has an old world charm. The best part is that the beach is open to the public, so you don't have to be a hotel guest to enjoy it. You can even order cocktails at the bar and sip a margarita on the beach!

3. Eat Tacos in North Park - The adorable little neighborhood of North Park has been blowing up all over Instagram lately and it's not hard to see why. The streets are painted those pastel colors we love, the walls are filled with urban succulent gardens and the matcha is oh-so-trendy. 

Lucha Libre Tacos is a popular Mexican wrestling themed joint. The menu is a steal of a deal, for less than $5 my tummy was so full from my giant cheese and steak taco. When you snack on your chips don't skimp on the cilantro cream sauce at the salsa bar, it's amazing! Viva "Nacho Libre!" 

4. Take Photos at Scripps Pier - I wrote an entire guide to the best photography spots in San Diego and Scripps Pier is by far one of my favorite locations.

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5. Hike Potato Chip Rock - The Mount Woodson Trail is one of San Diego's favorite hiking destinations, mostly because of the rewarding views at the top. An oddly shaped rock formation known as "Potato Chip Rock" provides some fun and daring photo opportunities. Along with great views, this trail will also give you with a great workout. I personally don't find it too strenuous, but others have told me that it was intense for them. On the way up the mountain the trail is pretty much all uphill with a somewhat steep incline. You'll feel the burn in those calves for sure! 

6. Watch the Seals in La Jolla - As it turns out, back in the 1930's a sea wall was built to create an ideal swimming pool for children. Well this also turned out to be the ideal area for seals to migrate and have their babies. Over the years the seals completely took over the area and now Children's Pool is blocked off to designate a sanctuary for marine life.

7. Eat Ice Cream at Mission Beach - Walk down the Oceansfront Boardwalk from Mission Beach to Pacific Beach, then stop to enjoy some sherbet and snow cones. We strolled down Crystal Pier and admired the adorable little white beach cottages that sit above the water.

8. Say Hello to the Elephants at the Zoo - The San Diego Zoo is located inside Balboa Park and is one of the largest and most renown zoos in the United States. Elephants are my all-favorite zoo animals and it's a fun walk through their exhibit.

9. Enjoy the Coffee Shop Life - I know many of you folks need your morning cup of caffeine and in San Diego we are so lucky to have many trendy spots to frequent. It seems that coffee and matcha have a well established culture in San Diego with inventive and gourmet drinks on the menu. For the locations I listed, the atmosphere is just as top notch as the food and drinks served. Some of my favorite items to order are turmeric lattés, matcha lattés and even horchata lattés. Drink up and enjoy!

10. Take a Mural Tour - Murals are all the rage right now, and unless you've been living under a rock you know that they've taken over our Instagram feeds. San Diego is one of the best places in the country to take photos with fun murals. When I first went on the hunt for fun and colorful San Diego murals, I found it very hard to get the info I needed to actually go visit them. So I did all the legwork for you guys and complied this list complete with addresses you can put straight into your GPS. Have fun and snap away Instagrammers! 

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The San Diego Summer Bucket List

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Explore these San Diego tours and adventures:

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Explore some of the top highlights of San Diego with this one- or two-day pass for the city’s Hop-on, Hop-off Trolley Tour. Choose your own adventure as you get on and off the trolley at any of the 10 included stops, covering famous sights including the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Zoo, Little Italy, and many more.

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Spend the day shopping for bargains and sightseeing south of the border during this 5-hour day trip to Tijuana from San Diego.

Check out some of the city’s top sights, including its Old Bullring, Plaza Rio, Avenue of the Heroes and Tijuana Cultural Center. Then enjoy a Mexican taco snack and bargain for some souvenirs along Revolution Avenue (Avenida Revolución).

Your Tijuana trip also includes round-trip air-conditioned transport from your San Diego hotel, guide and a snack.

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Add a little Mexican spice to your visit to California during this 9-hour San Diego to Baja day trip.

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Enjoy the sublime coastal scenery as you spot abundant marine life during this 2-hour trip kayaking in La Jolla’s sea caves.

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In just four hours, experience the scenic highlights of San Diego and its neighboring areas. Watch sea lions and pelicans on the beaches of La Jolla and capture fantastic views from the top of Mt Soledad.

Soak up the Old World elegance of the mansions and Hotel Del on Coronado Island, and find peace in the urban oasis of Balboa Park. Wind through downtown and Old Town San Diego, learning about the city’s history along the way.

Enjoy personalized attention on this small-group tour limited to just 14 people.

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