San Diego’s Top Walkable Areas

August 26, 2021

San Diego is an extremely visitor-friendly city where you’ll have no difficulty finding things to do that fit in with your preferences. If you have a penchant for walking and exploring in an up-close-and-personal way, you’ll be just as pleased with your trip to America’s Finest City. Below, the friendly team at Sunrise Inn San Diego, one of the most ideally located hotels in San Diego, put the spotlight on some of the most walkable locations throughout the San Diego area.

Waterfront Park

Located across from the harbor in downtown San Diego, Waterfront Park is one of the many walking-friendly spots found throughout the city. It features numerous paths surrounded by scenic delights and areas where you can get a refreshing splash from nearby fountains.

Seaport Village

Try not to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of dining and shopping areas within this single area of San Diego if you opt to walk throughout Seaport Village. In this one spot alone, there are many ways to walk and do plenty of enjoyable things. For example, if the spicy offerings at Hot Licks are a bit too hot for your taste buds, head over to Seaport Fudge Factory for tasty dessert options or stop by Mike Hess Brewing for a frosty ale.

Gaslamp Quarter

If you’re a foodie, put on your walking shoes and make your way to some of the main streets in San Diego’s iconic Gaslamp Quarter. Walking along Fifth Avenue gives you dining options that include:

• Restaurants specializing in international cuisine
• Steakhouses
• Seafood eateries
• Sports-themed restaurants and bars
• Fine-dining establishments

It’s also possible to drive and park here and walk to popular clubs, theaters, and other entertainment destinations without too much effort. You can also grab a local trolley and walk to the same places.

Balboa Park

Spanning 1,200 acres and located minutes from downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is another highly walkable spot with numerous destinations easily accessible on foot. What’s more, each visit to Balboa Park during your visit can involve walking to entirely different locations with different amenities and purposes. Possibilities include:

• Walking to in-park gardens
• Casually walking to popular in-park sights like the Cabrillo Bridge, the California Tower, and the Moreton Bay Fig Tree
• Walking over to the San Diego Zoo, which is in the park
• Walking along park-accessible hiking paths

Walking Tours

If you prefer to walk in a more organized way with like-minded San Diego visitors, consider scheduling a local walking tour before you arrive. Some of these tours are creative and niche based. For instance, some San Diego walking tours will take you to famous local crime scenes, and others will guide you to allegedly haunted locations. If you prefer more traditional options, consider walking tours specific to:

• Historic San Diego neighborhoods
• Specific culinary interests
• Popular local bars and pubs

Note: There are also self-guided tours of the San Diego area you can take simply by accessing maps online or via an app.

After a day of strolling through some of these incredible San Diego areas, you’ll be ready to head back to your hotel to put up your feet and relax. When they’re looking for comfortable but cheap hotels, San Diego visitors will be amazed by our affordable rates as well as our spacious rooms, stunning views of the harbor, and convenient location near many of the most popular tourist attractions in America’s Finest City. Call one of our friendly staff members today at (619) 223-5544.

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