All runners have their favorite local trails but a change of running
environment can be very beneficial.  Provided the new route is
friendly, your time on foot can pass more quickly and enjoyably,
leading to more time out exercising or training.

Here are some running and exercise route ideas from the top
travel guide book for US runners & walkers
Fun on Foot in
America's Cities:

Balboa Park
A beautiful nature preserve, providing escape from San Diego city life.  Run
or walk through a variety of native plant environments, ranging from canyons
to wildflower fields.  You also pass by Balboa Park’s other attractions such
as the San Diego Zoo, several major museums, and other cultural venues.  
Start and finish downtown within a mile of major hotels.  Wind-down in the
Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego's premier eating, drinking, and entertainment

San Diego Bay
Take a bus out and run, jog, or walk back to downtown.  Experience San
Diego’s maritime highlights, including views of the sea craft on San Diego
Bay and those moored at Harbor Island.  Also see historic Spanish Landing,
the historic ships of the Maritime Museum (including the Star of India, the
world’s oldest active ship), and the USS Midway housing the Aircraft Carrier
Museum.  Finish near the Convention Center, enjoying a wind-down meal at
Seaport Village or thereabouts.

Sea World and Old Town
Follow the San Diego River banks and see their extensive bird life.  Run or
walk past the Quivira Basin Marinas, the edge of Mission Bay, and Sea
World.  End in historic Old Town.  This is an interesting running, jogging or
walking trail, easily reached from downtown via public transit.

Mission Bay, Mission Beach, and Old Town
Run or walk through a variety of very attractive areas, including the San
Diego River banks, the Quivira Basin marinas, Mission Beach, and the
western half of Mission Bay.  Pass Sea World on the return loop and end in
fascinating Old Town San Diego.  There is much to see there and excellent
restaurants and bars to wind-down.  You can get to and from the start and
finish in Old Town conveniently via the trolley.  Plan for an outstanding half-
day or full-day running or walking outing around this trail.

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