Information, ideas, maps, books for San Diego region runners and walkers, travelers and locals. Everything you need to plan exciting running routes
All runners have their favorite local trails but a change of running indoor 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:
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 area.
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.