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Top 10 Outdoor Adventure Activities in California

San Diego is the perfect place for outdoor activities. It experiences perfect climate for almost throughout the year. Whether it is sailing that you want or flying high in the sky, San Diego has everything on offer. It is a city with a beautiful harbor, a magnificent coastline and a diverse ecosystem.

 

  1. Go for a San Diego Sailing Tour
Sailing in San Diego

San Diego Sailing Tours are a complete family affair. Experience sailing on the San Diego Bay on a beautiful vintage yacht. Feel the cool ocean breeze on your face while you take in the beautiful surroundings. You can also take the wheel if you happen to be an experienced sailor. Or you can just sit back and relax while nibbling on complimentary crackers and cheese. If you want to go for an overnight stay, then that is available as well.

 

  1. Hike the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Hike Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Beach Trail

The Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is home to rare Torrey pine trees. These trees reportedly inspired the famous author Dr Seuss. Torrey pine trees grow only in San Diego and at Santa Rosa Islands. Other than the trees, there are also animals like raccoons, skunks, coyotes and gray foxes in the reserve. The hiking trails are short with views of the ocean. A popular favorite is the Guy Fleming Trail, which runs for 3 miles. Other favorites are the Beach Trail and the Parry Grove Trail. Free guided walks are available as well on weekends and on public holidays.

 

  1. Paragliding over San Diego
Paragliding in San Diego

Soaring like a free bird over the San Diego Coastline is an experience which can only be described as surreal. Around 300 days are flyable in San Diego because of the beautiful climate. So there are excellent chances that you will find conditions perfect for flying when you visit. Most paragliding flights start from the Torrey Pines Gliderport. It is open to flyers of all ages and no prior experience is necessary. The whole experience includes all the instructions, the equipment, and a 25 minute flight over the coastline.

 

  1. Spot some whales at the San Diego Whale Watching Expedition Cruise
San Diego Whale Watching Expedition Cruise

San Diego is one of the best places for watching whales. You can cruise on the ocean along with a professional crew. Gray whales migrate here from the cold Arctic waters. They can often be seen along with baby whales. The tour is more than 3 hours long and you might spot dolphins and seals as well. The crew provides commentary about the environment and about the animals. If by any chance you do not get to see any whales, you get complimentary tickets for another tour! The best time for watching the whales is between the months of December and April.

 

  1. Top Gun Experience
Top Gun Experience

Who is not in awe of the Tom Cruise movie ‘Top Gun’? Now you can live the movie in San Diego. All you need is three hours! You can learn how to take control of a fighter plane. You can even partner with a friend for an all-out competitive experience. Both of you can soar in the skies while you dive and twist through the air. The flight is 10 minutes long and takes you over beautiful valleys and mountains of San Diego.

 

  1. Escape to Julian
Julian

Julian is a step back in time. It’s a century-old mining town that offers a perfect escape from the city life. Located in the beautiful Cuyamaca Mountains, Julian is especially popular because of its homemade apple pies. Take a guided tour of the city and gape at the beautiful buildings which dot the town. There are also plenty of art galleries, fruit stands, shops and wine tasting rooms. Julian has a different look in different seasons and the colors change accordingly.

 

  1. Relax at the La Jolla Shores
La Jolla Shores

Visit the La Jolla shores with your family for a day of fun. It’s a beautiful beach surrounded with palm trees and offers beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. The shore consists of the beach, a lawn for picnicking and a small play area for the kids. It is often crowded during summer months. The best time to visit is during late afternoon when you can watch the sun set across the ocean.

 

  1. Bike on the San Diego Coast
Bike on the San Diego Coast

The San Diego Coast is one of the most bike-friendly areas in America. There are many bike paths along the coastline. You can view the gorgeous surroundings while paddling your bike. Take the Silver Strand on the Coronado Island. It is one of the most popular bike paths along the coast. It runs for 10 miles and takes you along attractions like the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Silver Strand State Beach. It’s a part of the much bigger Bayshore Bikeway, which runs for 25 miles. Another popular bike path is the Mission Bay Bike Route.

 

  1. Take a tour of the Gaslamp Quarter
Gaslamp Quarter

Gaslamp Quarter is located in downtown San Diego. It’s a historic neighborhood covering just over 16 blocks. It is filled with restaurants, shops and Victorian-style buildings. Located next to Petco Park, it is home to 94 buildings of historical importance. All of them boast of beautiful carvings, bright colors, and stained-glass windows. It’s a fun place to visit with festivals and events taking place throughout the year. This is the only place where you will find modern skyscrapers and Victorian buildings standing side by side.

 

  1. Enjoy the Seaport Village
Seaport Village

Seaport Village is an entertainment complex spread over 14 acres. The complex has recreated the harbor side setting of a bygone era. It can be easily described as the hub of entertainment in San Diego. The best thing is that all of it is free! There is always some kind of performance going on between noon and 4 p.m. It could be a magician showing his tricks or a musician performing. Take your seat in the audience and enjoy the experience. If you happen to visit on a Saturday night, you may even get to see a celebrity artist. That’s not all in Seaport Village. It is also home to 17 restaurants and more than 50 shops.

Originally posted 2017-06-20 06:53:59.

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