If you’re running out of things to do in San Diego, you’re in luck! There are plenty of amazing camping areas just a short trip from the heart of the city. What’s even better, with the fantastic weather Southern California enjoys year-round, it’s almost always a great time to go camping. Read on to learn some of the best camping trips you can take that will get you away from it all and are just a short drive away.
This state park a little over 80 miles from San Diego is filled with much more than you can explore on a single camping trip. You can view old Kumeyaay rock paintings, hike through canyons, explore wind caves, and much more. Hellhole Canyon is a popular 5.5 mile hike that rewards you with a visit to a 20 foot waterfall.
Gather around the campfire at night, and during the day be sure to spend some time in the San Luis Rey River where tubing is the most popular activity. There’s also a sports bar on the campgrounds so if you have had enough of roughing it you can stop in for some bar food and to watch the big game. Camping and tubing at the La Jolla Indian Campground is one of the best cheap things to do in San Diego.
Just north of Laguna Beach lies this state park which has a campground right on the coast. The nearby beach is one of the prettiest and most unspoiled in the area and the backcountry hiking trails to the east are a great place to explore and get a workout before returning to camp and cooling off in the Pacific.
Ideal for amateur astronomers and hiking enthusiasts alike, spending a weekend at Mount Palomar is one of the most uniquely San Diego things to do. Hike up to the world famous observatory or strike out on your own to find the best stargazing spots.
First come, first served camping is available in the Cleveland National Forest where you can explore trails by hiking or mountain biking. The Laguna Mountain Lodge is handy for picking up any important items you forgot to pack.
Funbassadors can arrange a trip to these and other amazing campsites that are a quick trip from San Diego. Funseekers can purchase a FunGig that takes them to some of the top campsites in the area.