21 Best Day Trips from San Diego to L.A., Mexico, & More

Whether you’re on a long vacation here or a resident looking for new weekend things to do, these ideas are worth bulking up your road trip song playlist to enjoy more of Southern California and even Mexico.

If neither gray nor blue whales are around on the day of your tour, you will likely see orcas, minke whales, and fin whales. Dolphins are often seen performing their own unscripted antics.

WHALE WATCHING CRUISES

Whether you want to relax, eat pie, sip wine, or explore the environs on one of the many hiking trails, you will find what you are looking for in Julian.

JULIAN

One of the most popular things to do in Temecula is to visit wineries. Its typically warm days, cool evenings, and ocean breezes make the region fantastic for growing Italian, Spanish, and French grapes.

TEMECULA

When you are ready to leave the mission, stroll through the San Juan Capistrano Los Rios district. It is San Juan Capistrano’s old town with historic buildings, antiques, quaint shops, and enticing eateries.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

There are two parks, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, which you can see on the same day with a Park Hopper ticket.

DISNEYLAND RESORT

Knott’s Berry Farm combines its 1880s Old West Boom Town theme with up-to-date amusement park rides, including roller coasters and tamer options for younger kids.

KNOTT’S BERRY FARM

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Photo: Tony Prince