5 Ways to Play in San Diego

Can't wait for the weather to warm up? With balmy temperatures year-round, miles of world-class trails, and a laid-back, kid-friendly atmosphere, L.A.'s southern neighbor has you covered.

Apr 3, 2013
Outside Magazine
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San Diego at twilight.    Photo: Ross Manges Photography/Shutterstock

While the rest of the country is busy cursing Punxsutawney Phil, San Diego has been enjoying spring for a while now. Like the rest of the year, April there is maddeningly perfect: temperatures are in the 70s, the weather is clear , and the ocean, while not tropical, is balmy enough for splashing and swimming.

Warmer and less crowded than L.A., but just as easy to get in and out of and and populated by down-to-earth athletes, San Diego is a sweet adventure hub for no-hassle long weekends. On my last trip, I flew in 9:30 on Friday morning on a nonstop from Albuquerque, hopped a Supershuttle curbside, and was lacing up my shoes for a trail run in Torrey Pines little more than an hour later.

Even with kids along for the ride, San Diego oozes ease, unlike it’s hipper, traffic-snarled sister two hours north. Four days will give you just enough time to sample the best of San Diego’s land, water, and air adventures. Don't expect to check everything off your list though. I’m already scheming a winter escape with our family next year.

Kayaking and Surfing
Hike Torrey Pines
Visiting the Zoo
Where to Stay