San Diego Road Trips
San Diego is one of the few cities in America with quick access to Mexico. Take Interstate 5 south directly from the airport and drive the 35 minutes south to Tijuana, Mexico. There you will find tequila, sombreros, souvenirs, and lots of amazing traditional Mexican dishes. You can continue exploring in Mexico by heading down highway 1D to Ensenada. A unique town with world-class surfing, off-road races, and wine tastings, there is something for everyone. Stop in for a margarita at Hussongs, Ensenada’s oldest bar that claims to have invented the margarita.
San Diego is close to vineyards in all directions. Take Interstate 15 north out of San Diego to visit Southern California’s wine country in Temecula. An hours drive will bring you to more than 40 wineries that you can visit, take tours, and enjoy tastings. Festivals take place year round and it is well worth the drive to visit one. Feeling adventurous? Take a hot air balloon ride while in Temecula and see the entire valley from the air.
Continue on Interstate 15 north out of Temecula from about 1.5 more hours to discover and explore Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree is an American national treasure. Numerous trails offer astonishing views, but there are also many rock climbers to watch for those who want to relax. While near Joshua Tree, visit Pappy and Harriet’s, also known as Pioneertown, off of Highway 62. It is a old western Hollywood set that was built in the 1940s and is now known for live music, bikers, and barbeque. It is a fun example of what people typically think of when they think of the great American west.
Finally, for the classic, All-American experience, take Interstate 5 from the airport and drive north along the southern California shoreline. Better yet, take Interstate 5 up to Los Angeles, cut over to the Interstate 405, and cruise on to one of the most famous highways in America, U.S. Route 101. It is the longest highway in California and the United States. Built in 1926, it is one of the last remaining U.S. routes in existence. The best way to travel this iconic road is in a classic convertible with the wind in your hair. A marvelous destination with easy access from San Diego, every visitor to the area should rent a car and drive this great American road.
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