What’s better than summer in Southern California?

I’ve done a bunch of beach drives over the years, and here are my favorites for a great San Diego day trip.

  • The Old Coast Highway: Once the main road from San Diego to Los Angeles, it’s marked today by the Historic U.S. 101 signs all the way from downtown San Diego to Oceanside. The ride is Chapter 2 in my Joyrides Around San Diego and if you’ve never take it, well, why not?
  • Silver Strand: The isthmus that encloses San Diego Bay and it’s one of those rare places in the world where you can look at an ocean and a bay at the same time. I’ve written about this in my San Diego Union-Tribune several times; in fact, the second column, published way back in 2000, was about the Strand and the Tijuana River Estuary. From 2008 From 2003 (an update for Weekend Driver San Diego of the 2000 column) • From 2014 (around the estuary and South Bay) • From 2016 (La Jolla and Mt. Soledad) • From 2007 (Mission Bay)

Make it even more special by renting a convertible. And don’t forget the sunscreen.

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