If you’re planning on visiting San Diego, there is a lot for you to see and do. From the San Diego Zoo to the fabulous beaches, dining scene, and hiking trails, you won’t be bored while you’re here. But if you’re like me and you enjoy seeing some of the quirkier, unique attractions the area has to offer, you may be interested in this list.
The Whaley House is located in the historic Old Town district of San Diego, which is in it’s own right an awesome place to spend the day. This house is a historic home from 1857 that housed the Whaley family. It has a long and tragic history, and is known to be the most haunted house in America. These days, it’s a museum that offers tours both in the daytime and at night.
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In Anza Borrego State Park, there is an amazing slot canyon that you can hike through. You don’t need to drive all the way out to Arizona for this kind of experience, as we have it right here in So Cal! The trail can be a little tricky to find, so check in with the visitor’s center beforehand if it’s open when you go.
Border Field State Park
The U.S.-Mexico border wall can be visited where the ocean meets the land. You can walk around the state park and visit the Southernmost beach in California. The roads into the park do close quite often due to flooding, so it’s best to check before you go. If it’s closed to vehicles, you can still park and hike in, so that’s always an option. Perhaps the most memorable area of the park is the Friendship Park area, where you can approach the wall and interact with people on the other side. The Friendship Park is open on weekends, and during that time you’ll see people interacting with friends and family on the other side of the wall, a moving sight.
Potato Chip Rock
One of the more popular hikes in the San Diego area is the hike to “Potato Chip Rock,” also known as Mount Woodson in Poway. It’s a 7.5 mile trail and is moderately challenging, though anybody in decent physical shape can accomplish the trail. It’s hot and there is little shade on the trail, so make sure to wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water. Near the summit, you’ll find the Potato Chip Rock where you can wait in line for your chance to take a photo like the one above.
Unconditional Surrender Statue
You know that famous photo from the end of World War II where the returned soldier and woman are kissing in Times Square? There is a huge, awesome statue depicting that very moment in downtown San Diego, next to the Midway museum.
Sunny Jim’s Cave
If the idea of exploring a sea cave gets you pumped up, you won’t want to miss Sunny Jim’s Cave in La Jolla! To gain entrance to the cave, you’ll need to head into the Cave Store and purchase admission for $5. From there, you’ll descend down a large number of steps into a dark and slightly creepy corridor (careful, it can be slippery in places…use the handrails and wear good shoes!). Eventually, the corridor opens up into the cave itself, where you’ll be treated to views of the Pacific Ocean.
Have any interesting, quirky San Diego attractions to add to this list? I would love to hear all about it!