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Top Day Trips to Take this Memorial Day Weekend

Living at Simone puts you near an amazing selection of day trip destinations. Whether you’re into history, nature, or just a relaxing day at the beach, we’ve got the scoop on the best spots to explore.

Living at Simone in Little Italy puts you in a prime spot to explore some truly spectacular day trips that showcase the diversity and beauty of Southern California. Here are some top picks for destinations that are perfect for Memorial Day Weekend trip:

  1. Julian, California: Just about an hour and a half drive from San Diego, Julian is a quaint mountain town famous for its historic gold mines and delicious apple pies. This charming spot is ideal for those who enjoy a bit of history mixed with some local flavor.
  2. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: About a two-hour drive from San Diego, Anza-Borrego offers a dramatic desert landscape that’s a photographer’s and nature lover’s dream. It’s California’s largest state park, so there’s plenty to explore, from hiking trails and wildflowers in the spring to stargazing in one of the darkest spots in Southern California.
  3. La Jolla: Only a 20-minute drive from downtown San Diego, La Jolla offers beautiful beaches, upscale shopping, and dining. You can spend a day kayaking the sea caves, observing seals and sea lions at La Jolla Cove, or just enjoying the sun and surf at La Jolla Shores.
  4. Temecula Valley: Wine enthusiasts will love escaping to Temecula Valley, about an hour’s drive from San Diego. This wine region boasts numerous wineries where you can enjoy wine tasting, vineyard tours, and beautiful countryside views. The Old Town also offers charming antique shops and restaurants.
  5. Coronado Island: Just across the San Diego Bay, Coronado feels a world away with its laid-back charm, historic sites like the Hotel del Coronado, and beautiful beaches. You can bike around the island, relax on the beach, or explore the shops and eateries along Orange Avenue.
  6. Cabrillo National Monument: A quick drive from downtown San Diego, this national monument offers breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline and bay. You can learn about the history of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European to set foot on the West Coast of the United States, hike the trails, or explore the tidal pools.
  7. Tijuana, Mexico: For those who are feeling adventurous, Tijuana is just across the Mexican border and offers a vibrant cultural experience. Explore the bustling markets, enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine, and browse the local art galleries. Ensure you have your passport and check travel advisories.