Although I love to travel as much as the next person, I’m lucky to call San Diego home. We have such incredible natural beauty available at almost every turn and I hope these walks and trails will help you learn more about the unique neighborhoods and special environments on offer to anyone who enjoys the outdoors. I hope you’ll enjoy some of my personal favorites:
Seven Bridges Walk Around Uptown
A 9-minute walk from Alcazar Court Bungalows to the closest bridge
This easy, 5.5 mile loop through our beloved neighborhood offers a blend of historic to current bridges and houses along former streetcar-access routes. Although a tour often starts from the east side of Park Blvd and Village Place at the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden, you can join the route in under 10 minutes walk by starting at the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge.
Balboa Park Trails
28-minute walk/5-minute drive to a starting point from Alcazar Court Bungalows
6th Avenue at Upas, or 6th Avenue at Juniper
Balboa Park has something for everyone. There are museums, theaters, an archery range, and tennis courts. You can see puppet shows, play disc golf, race remote control cars, there’s even a velodrome! So it should be no surprise that there are a number of notable hiking and walking trails throughout the park. The Balboa Park Trails 4.3 mile loop is good for all skill levels and is also mountain bike and on-leash dog friendly. From there you can access the Florida Canyon trail with additional elevation for added challenge. The San Diego History Center, located within the Park, offers guided tours and walks for adults.
- Balboa Park Loop Trail
- Balboa Park Florida Canyon Trail
- San Diego History Center Tours & Guided Walks
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
11-minute drive from Alcazar Court Bungalows
Considered the “birthplace” of California, the Old Town Historic Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. Find beautiful old historic houses, unique specialty shops, the first San Diego newspaper office and gardens on this walking tour and discover some of the beloved sights that San Diego has to offer.
Tecolote Canyon Natural Park
12-minute drive from Alcazar Court Bungalows
Nestled in the shadow of the University of San Diego campus, Tecolote Canyon features approximately 6.5 miles of trails that are perfect for walking, jogging and mountain biking. The Nature Center offers exhibits on the plant and animal life of the canyon and makes for easy access and parking.
19-minute drive from Alcazar Court Bungalows
Coronado “Island” is a unique peninsula environment famous for its beautiful white sand beaches, the iconic Hotel del Coronado and a unique combination of beautiful homes, quaint shops and oceanfront dining – all with spectacular sunset views. If you’re looking for charming, you’ve come to the right place.
Central City Oceanfront Beach Walk – Mission Beach to La Jolla Birdrock
14-minute drive from Alcazar Court Bungalows
The Ocean Front Walk from Mission Beach to Bird Rock, in La Jolla, is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail that features incredible beach views, seasonal wild flowers and plenty of accessible cafe and bar stops in between. Walk or bike the historic boardwalk to Crystal Pier and continue through cliffside residential areas to Bird Rock and historic La Jolla.
Mission Trails Regional Park
17-minute drive from Alcazar Court
With more than 60 miles of trails, Mission Trails Regional Park encompasses 7,220 acres of both natural and developed recreational areas and features rugged hills, valleys and views. The area offers both easy strolls as well as challenging single track, with a variety of trailheads accessible from different main highways. A good afternoon starting point is the Visitors Center; during rainy seasons the vigorous San Diego river runs through the valley and offers a rare glimpse of running streams in our otherwise desert climate.
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
20-minute drive from Alcazar Court Bungalows
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located within San Diego city limits and yet remains one of the wildest stretches of land on our Southern California coast. These 1,500 acres of land are as they were before San Diego was developed — including the maritime chaparral, the rare Torrey pine, miles of unspoiled beaches, and a lagoon that is vital to migrating seabirds. It’s important to note that this is a nature reserve and is a protected area – therefore no dogs or picnics are allowed, and permits are required for access by larger groups. Get an early start to experience the extreme peace and incredible vistas of Torrey Pines!