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Day Trippin': La Jolla, California

By: Sunland RV Resorts / 12 Apr 2011
Day Trippin': La Jolla, California

Just 20 minutes from San Diego RV Resort is the beautiful coastal town of La Jolla. The only thing you could possibly get wrong when visiting La Jolla is the pronunciation of the name — la hoya.

Other than that, you're going to have an amazing day trip surrounded by the area's natural beauty — sandy beaches and rocky shorelines — and small-town charm. Within La Jolla's downtown, enjoy art galleries, retail stores, and amazing casual and fine dining restaurants. Head a few minutes north from the epicenter of La Jolla and you will find yourself at one of California's most popular, most famous golf courses: Torrey Pines.

If you're heading to La Jolla for the beach, you're in store for beautiful coastlines, clear water, and gentle waves. In fact, there's a section of coastline for everyone. La Jolla Cove, for instance, boasts some of the clearest water in all of San Diego and is ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling. The protected waters of the cove are home to Garibaldi fish and wild seal congregations. You'll hear the seals barking as they sunbathe on the rocks, before you ever even see them! The La Jolla Caves also make it a popular destination for kayaking and SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding). La Jolla Shores, a mile long beach, features gentle summer waves and is a great family-friendly excursion.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth, and ocean science.

There's much more than water in La Jolla, though, so make sure to pack your golf clubs to experience a premier municipal golf course. Torrey Pines Golf Course sits on the coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and offers two picturesque and widely recognizable championship 18-hole golf courses. It is one of the most accessible public facilities for the die-hard enthusiast wishing to play at a world-renown facility that nearly all golfers know by name.

You don't have to be outside to enjoy La Jolla. The city's streets are alive with the world's shopping elite. From high-end art galleries to charming boutiques, you'll be tempted by countless opportunities to bring a piece of La Jolla home with you. Five-star restaurants and cozy eateries serve every appetite.

For those who may want a fine dining experience while taking a comfortable stroll should reserve a spot with a La Jolla Walking Wine Tour. A three-hour epicurean tour led by a local expert introduces La Jolla's wine, food, and culture scene to well-satisfied visitors. La Jolla is approximately 15-20 minutes from downtown San Diego. Make it a day of many beaches and head from La Jolla, through Bird Rock (coffee lovers don't miss out on the award-winning Bird Rock Coffee Roasters), and into the popular stretch of the Pacific and Mission Beaches.

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