The Best Day Trips From San Diego

For Families, Couples, and Friends

There’s always something new to be discovered right here in San Diego—however, an adventure beyond city limits can be too enticing to resist. We’re happy to recommend our favorite day trips from San Diego, each one appealing to a different type of traveler, and all within easy reach of Humphreys Half Moon Inn.

Best for Families: Carlsbad, CA
(approx. 35 miles away)

Located along the Pacific Ocean coastline just north of San Diego, Carlsbad is a beautiful seaside destination that offers an abundance of family-friendly attractions. Visit the perennially popular LEGOLAND® theme park, spend the afternoon at Carlsbad State Beach, or explore the trails at Batiquitos Lagoon. If you’re fortunate enough to visit during the spring, you can check out the stunning Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch.

Best for Couples: Temecula, CA
(approx. 62 miles away)

Featuring over 30 wineries and producing over 50 different varietals, Temecula Valley Wine Country is a wine lover’s paradise in Southern California. Take a guided tour with transportation (our recommendation) or navigate the valley at your own pace. In addition to the many award-winning wineries, this charming city also features romantic restaurants, hot air balloon adventures, and more.

Best for Groups of Friends: Tijuana, Mexico
(approx. 24 miles away)

Pack your passport: Tijuana is located just across the Mexico-United States border, and you can easily make your way to this vibrant destination by catching the San Diego Trolley. Stroll along Avenida Revolución and browse the souvenir shops, or head to the Centro Cultural Tijuana and view the exhibits or IMAX theater. And no visit to Tijuana would be complete without sampling some of the delicious cuisine—especially the street tacos.

Of course, if you prefer to keep things local, there are plenty of San Diego attractions and activities to be enjoyed right near Humphreys Half Moon Inn.