Visit Deering Banjo Company
Spring Valley, just outside downtown San Diego, is the unlikely home to Deering Banjo Company, a family-run company handcrafting banjos for over 40 years and considered one of the best in the company. Visit their company store and pluck a few notes out of San Diego’s musical history.
Tour the murals of Barrio Logan
San Diego’s Barrio Logan neighborhood has long been one of the epicenters for Chicano culture in the United States. For decades, Chicano Park has been painted with murals depicting Chicano, American, and Mexican history, culture, politics, folklore and much more. Better yet, hire a local guide to explain the history and context of the street art.
Get some of the city's best views atop Cuyamaca Peak
Cleveland National Forest
San Diego’s second-highest peak is Cuyamaca, which stands 6,500 feet above sea level. A hike to the top will reveal views of the desert, Mexico, the ocean, downtown San Diego, and the aftermath of a massive forest fire earlier this century that devastated the coniferous forest around the mountain.