It’s officially summer! That means San Diego is flooded with tourists and all of your favorite places have probably already been overrun by a selfie stick-wielding mob. Luckily, there are plenty of places to get some space and camp out within just a few hours of SD. Even more luckily, we narrowed it down to these 11 you shouldn’t miss.
Distance from SD: About 55 miles
For those who are looking to get in touch with nature but still want access to some necessities, there are several campgrounds to choose from in the Cleveland National Forest on Mt. Laguna. Sites at Boulder Oaks and Cibbets Flat Campgrounds is first come, first served, and if you’re more of a planner, you can reserve spots at Burnt Rancheria and Laguna Campgrounds. There are plenty of mountain biking, hiking, and backpacking trails to explore in the area and if you need supplies you can always stop by the Laguna Mountain Lodge. It has a general store selling everything from beer to firewood, plus rooms and cabins if you decide to bail on the camping idea altogether.
Distance from SD: 57 miles
Just a short drive North of SD County is the La Jolla Indian Campground. Considering there’s a sports bar in the campground you’re not exactly roughing it when you camp out here, but if you want to get away from the city for the weekend this is a great spot to enjoy some fresh air, build a campfire, roast some s’mores, and go tubing down the San Luis Rey River.