The wildly warm weather shows no signs of slowing down during the last days of summer, which is officially not over until September 23rd. We have one last hurrah of a three-day holiday weekend—in Labor Day.  You will not be alone in this historic holiday ritual with 35 million other Americans having the same clever idea! Whether you put the tread of the tires on the open road or book a last minute flight to destination-do-nothing, it’s not too late to plan a get-out-of-town long holiday weekend.


Our top pick, for many reasons we will share with you, for your Labor Day getaway is the tranquil and sunshine filled setting of San Diego, California. A something for everyone destination. Whether you want the high-end accommodations or have travel trailer in tow, couples escaping the daily grind or a family fest, you’ll find all of that here along the curving sandy southern California coastline. A few hours drive from Los Angeles and a very doable road trip destination from the San Francisco Bay Area. Soak up the sun, catch a few waves and sunsets, or simply melt into the soft sand this Labor Day weekend in San Diego!

A Few Ideas for your Getaway in San Diego, CA

Kayak the cove in La Jolla where you might catch a glimpse of sea lions, leopard sharks and dolphins. If surfing is your thing, you can ride the wild waves at Pacific Beach near the pier or simply stake out a slice of beach for you and the family. Don’t forget the umbrellas and sunscreen!

World Class Surfing at Pacific Beach

Hike the beaches and cliffs at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Nature at its finest. The flora and fauna flanking the trails with breathtaking ocean views. Osprey nesting along the edge of the iconic cliff formations. Varying hiking trails in lengths and difficulty on the clifftop trails with a long stretch of beach below for the more even-surface strider.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve – Tidepools

If you are seeking something really adventurous to do over the Labor Day weekend, like jumping off a cliff—aka paraglide, right next door to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is the Torrey Pines Gliderport. No experience necessary to jump and fly tandem with a certified instructor. Glide through the air from Scripps Pier over a few La Jolla mansions, along the cliffs of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course for some of the best scenic coastal bird’s eye views

Paragliding off Torrey Pines Cliffs

Or perhaps golfing is your getaway activity of choice! With over 90 links countywide, you should be able to find the perfect shade of green. The sweet spot, however, is Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. It rests comfortably between the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and the Torrey Pines Gliderport. Get your tee time NOW!

Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course – Home of the PGA Tour

Also a popular destination for hot air balloon rides at sunrise or sunset. Traversing the upscale beach area of Del Mar, and inland over the sprawling golf courses and estates of Fairbanks Ranch and Rancho Santa Fe. You might just catch a glimpse of celebrity from 1,000 feet up! At the very least, stunning views and quiet spaces are part of your ride.

Hot Air Ballooning Over Del Mar, Fairbanks Ranch & Rancho Santa Fe

While on your San Diego getaway, enjoy some of the world’s finest sunsets in the ‘World’s Finest City’ from a few choice locations. High atop Mt. Soledad in La Jolla, at the end of Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach  (very popular), San Diego Harbor or along Sunset Cliffs (appropriately named) in Point Loma/Ocean Beach area.

A Labor Day getaway to San Diego as your destination has much to offer, the possibilities really are limitless. And we’ve only covered the coast! Enjoy the holiday, wherever it may take you, you deserve it.

All images courtesy of Lori Brookes. Feature image taken at recreation area of Campland on the Bay.