5 Off The Beaten Track Day Trips from San Diego

Sure, San Diego is an awesome city, but sometimes you just need to go out and explore. That’s where Skurt comes in. Here are the best off the beaten track adventures within easy reach of San Diego. Next weekend is sorted then.

Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail and Waterfall

If you’d like to get out and explore nature, Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail offers seven miles worth of natural beauty to trek through. Get out into the fresh air and soak up picturesque landscape. Plus, when you’re feeling a bit tired and weary at the end of the day, you can make a splash in the waterfall to cool down. This is what weekends were made for.

Desert View Tower

The Desert View Tower is a 70 foot tower that boasts gorgeous views of the mountains of East San Diego. There are a plethora of stunning flowers blooming around the tower but you can enjoy more than just scenery at this serene retreat; relax and enjoy yoga or music to unwind in a beautiful surrounding. The area surrounding the tower has a number of boulders that have been painted to look like various animals. Wacky? Certainly. Fun? Yes.

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

Whilst a cemetery and mission may seem a little morbid for a day trip, it’ll be worth it when you see the beautiful gardens, statues and fountains at Mission San Luis Rey de Francia. After you’ve explored the cemetery, head to the museum, where you’ll find work from the Native American, Spanish, Mission, Mexican Secularisation and American Military periods. The mission hosts guided tours most weekends, or just wander around and take it all in in your own time.

Metal Sculptures in Galleta Meadows, Borrego Springs

For something a little out of the ordinary, you should check out the metal sculptures of Borrego Springs. There are more than 130 full-sized metal sculptures dotted across the park, spanning from prehistoric mammals and dinosaurs to historical figures. Don’t miss the 350-foot serpent winding its way through the desert.

The sculptures were the brainchild of the late Dennis Avery. Avery wanted to add freestanding art across his property, so he commissioned artist and sculptor Ricardo Breceda to create them.

Eagle and High Peak Gold Mine

Julian, the home of Eagle and High Peak Gold Mine is a teeny town near to Temecula. While they’re famous for their tasty pies, you should also head to the Eagle and High Peak Gold Mine for a peek into the mining days of yore. You’ll learn how to pan for gold (this could be the beginning of something beautiful right?) before heading underground to see how the mine worked. Not your average Sunday pursuit.

Address: 2320 C St, Julian, CA 92036, USA
Phone: +1 760–765–0036

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Words by Julianna Barnaby