Plan a San Diego Day Trip from North County

Maybe it’s the 70 miles of gorgeous beaches or the mild year-round temperatures that make San Diego “America’s Finest City.” Or perhaps it’s the blend of colorful neighborhoods, rich history, and world-class museums. Whatever it is – there’s something distinctive about San Diego and the diversity of things to do and see here. However, lodging can be crowded and expensive; that’s why Beachfront Only Vacation Rentals offers affordable rental homes, just 30 minutes from the city. Our vacation rentals are the perfect place to stay and make the short drive to San Diego. Embark on a San Diego day trip and check out some of the top attractions:

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in the country and a National Historic Landmark District. The park is where “culture and nature meet,” with more than 17 museums on the grounds, dotted with beautiful Spanish architecture. Some of the most iconic attractions in the city can be found at this park, including, but not limited to:

  • San Diego Zoo: This iconic zoo attracts millions of visitors each year to see over 12,000 rare and endangered animals. Their commitment to conservation and education provides an excellent environment to learn about wildlife from around the world.
  • San Diego Museum of Art: This art museum features an expansive collection of art from around the world, including America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. If you love art, this is a must-see at Balboa Park.
  • The Gardens: There are several gardens at the park that are free for the public to explore. Walkthrough the California Native Plant Garden or an array of colorful flowerbeds at Alcazar Garden.

Old Town San Diego

Visit the birthplace of California during your San Diego day trip. Old Town San Diego is brimming with culture, history, shops, restaurants, and notable attractions. So, step into the past with these attractions and activities: 

  • Old Town State Historic Park: There are more than 20 historic structures here that showcase the early history of San Diego. Notable landmarks include Casa De Estudillo and the Sierra Museum.
  • Fiesta De Reyes: In the heart of Old Town, you can find a variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment that celebrate Mexican culture and heritage. 
  • Whaley House: Tour the most haunted house in America while you are in Old Town San Diego. Take a tour with Ghost and Gravestone and hear the infamous tales of hauntings and mysterious encounters. 

Oceanside Vacation Rentals Near San Diego

You could easily spend an entire week in San Diego, but you can see many of the most notable sights in just a day. A San Diego day-trip from Beachfront Only is an excellent way to see some of California’s most famous landmarks and attractions. Choose from our vacation rentals in Encinitas, and you will only be 30 minutes away from the city. Start planning your getaway today, and call us at 760-712-4533 if you have any questions!