Who knew that Quicken Loans has a blog—Zing—that does travel recommendations… and it’s picked San Diego as the top late-summer travel destination.

So, Zing and writer Victoria Slater, it’s nice that you’ve picked San Diego and here are some other things to do than the usual day trips—Zoo, Sea World, beautiful beaches.

  • Beach camping: Check out Quintessential California for some more places actually camp on the beach. The campgrounds book up months in advance, but sometimes have cancellations. In addition to the north coast campgrounds, there’s one of my favorites, Silver Strand State Beach, which is south of Coronado.
  • Parks: Ms. Slater recommends Balboa Park, which is a don’t-miss, but how about some others? Palomar Mountain and Cuyamaca are in the mountains, not to mention the Cabrillo National Monument at the tip of Point Loma.
  • No car: No car during your visit? The transit system isn’t as bad as you’ve heard. Grab a bus to the nearest San Diego Trolley station and visit Old Town, La Mesa village, the big malls in Mission Valley. Or, grab the Coaster or Amtrak for a ride along the beach sand to Solana Beach (Del Mar races, beach towns) or Oceanside.

I’ve had people tell me, “What else would you ever want to do in San Diego but go to the beach?”

Sure.

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