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Along the trail to San Diego for BYU Football at SDSU

Get tips on what to do and what to eat if you’re headed to the last game of BYU Football’s regular season in San Diego, CA.

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BYU Football’s last away game (and regular season game) is on Saturday in sunny San Diego against the San Diego State Aztecs, so we’ve got one more Along the Trail post for you! We actually have done a San Diego post in the past, way back in 2016, but there’s so much to eat and do in the city, we thought it warranted another post. Big shout out to Jen Holtkamp for helping us with this one and giving us these recommendations. Jen is originally from the San Diego and will be out there for this week’s game! Feel free to add additional suggestions in the comments. Who is making the trip out? We are jealous, if so.

Things to do:

1. World famous San Diego Zoo — 2920 Zoo Drive. I’m biased, but this is my favorite zoo. It’s a beautiful walk through the park and a place one could spend all day. They do have a guided bus tour that takes you around the park. The tour lasts about 30 minutes.

2. Balboa Park — Located next to the zoo. I know this spot has been mentioned before, but there is something for everyone at Balboa Park! Enjoy the 16 museums, trails, botanical gardens and architecture. Some of our favorite attractions are Fleet Science Center, the Air and Space museum, the Natural History museum, and the botanical garden building by the lily pond.

3. Cabrillo National Monument and Lighthouse at Point Loma — 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive. There’s so many amazing views and view points in San Diego and this is definitely one of them, although the most popular (or crowded)! The monument is a dedication to Juan Cabrillo, who discovered the bay. In addition to the little museum about Cabrillo, his life and exploration, there’s a short walk to the old lighthouse to explore. You can then walk along the coastal outlook trails or drive down to the tide pools. This is a national park, so if you have a national parks pass, make sure to bring it for admission!

Places to eat:

  1. Liberty Public Market (Point Loma) — 2820 Historic Decatur Rd. Suite 140, San Diego, CA 92106. A food hall and market open everyday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the arts district. There’s a wide range of artisan food — Everything from empanadas, lobster rolls, crepes, Korean BBQ, Thai, Ramen, tacos to Stuffed Burgers!
  2. Snooze — Delicious sweet and savory breakfast food, 3 locations (La Jolla, Carmel Valley and Hillcrest), just make sure you go before 2:30 p.m. If you love eggs Hollandaise, pancakes or french toast, be sure to check it out!
  3. Salt & Straw — One of the best treats to come out of Portland has two locations in SD: Little Italy (1670 India Street) and Carmel Valley (3705 Carmelito Ct. Suite 0580). In addition to their standard shop flavors (like salted caramel, double vanilla, chocolate brownie and almond brittle), their monthly flavors for November include: roasted peach and sage, salted caramel, sweet potato casserole with maple pecans and blood orange cranberry.