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Karen

San Diego, Carlsbad (California)

Suggestions for day hike area in San Diego to Carlsbad, Ca?

Looking for interesting day trips over the holiday season.  Should be good for athletic 30 year olds, who like a bit of challenge.  Also, any cool spots for evening entertainment, and any foodie favorite restaurants ($$-$$$$).


3 Answers

top answer by
Shannon from Manitowoc, Wisconsin

There aren't any super aggressive hikes in San Diego but the Torrey Pines Rd hike, located at the bottom of Torrey Pines road is breathtaking.  Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar is amazing eats.George's Ocean Terrace is the best view you can possibly get.  Go to the rooftop and at least have a cocktail!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Torrey Pines Rd (attraction)
  2. Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar (attraction)
  3. George's Ocean Terrace (restaurant)
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answered by
Heather from Carlsbad (California)

Here are my favorites in the area:

calavera preserve trail in Carlsbad (California)to see the inactive volcano.

Torrey Pines State Park (this one's a must do...ocean cliffs!)

The "potato chip rock" hike

Iron Mountain


My foodie favorites:

Encinitas Fish Shop

Sabor de Vida Brazilian Grill

Pollos Maria

Ocean Thai Cuisine


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Carlsbad (California) (city)
  2. Torrey Pines State Park (attraction)
  3. Iron Mountain (attraction)
  4. Encinitas Fish Shop (restaurant)
  5. Sabor de Vida Brazilian Grill (restaurant)
  6. Pollos Maria (restaurant)
  7. Ocean Thai Cuisine (restaurant)
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answered first by
John from Carlsbad (California)

For hiking, I would suggest you check out Torrey Pines State Park.Great views and hiking trails of all difficulties.  The map is not placing it correctly.  It is above Torrey Pines State Beach.  You can picnic on the beach, but not in the reserve.

Cabrillo National Monument on the tip of Point Loma has terrific views and a little bit of history.  The monument is above the area of the Bay where Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who led the first European exploration of the west coast, landed.  There are exhibits, tidepools and a 19th century lighthouse to explore, as well as short hiking trails and a 2.5 mile bayside trail, with views of San Diego Bay, Downtown San Diego and down to Mexico.

I have to give a plug for Carlsbad (California).You can explore the village and walk along the beach for miles.  The high temperature today is 70 degrees and the low is 59 degrees. 

Adjacent to Downtown,Balboa Park has miles of trails for hiking.  It also has one of the best zoos in the world, museums, and other attractions.

As far as foodie restaurants, I have previously recommended some of my favorites.  Additionally, I would recommend MARKET Restaurant + Bar in Del Mar, PAONVivace and Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse in Carlsbad, and Tapenade in La Jolla.  Downtown (Banker's Hill), check out Cucina Urbana.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Torrey Pines State Park (attraction)
  2. Torrey Pines State Beach (attraction)
  3. Cabrillo National Monument (attraction)
  4. Carlsbad (California) (city)
  5. Balboa Park (neighborhood)
  6. MARKET Restaurant + Bar (restaurant)
  7. PAON (restaurant)
  8. Vivace (restaurant)
  9. Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse (restaurant)
  10. Tapenade (restaurant)
  11. Cucina Urbana (restaurant)
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