Things to Do in Alpine
Nestled in the beautiful mountain community of Alpine, California, Ayres Lodge Alpine offers the warmth of a Western-style hotel in San Diego County. Just 30 minutes east of San Diego and the Pacific Ocean, our hotel is a peaceful retreat surrounded by the beautiful California countryside. The Ayres Lodge Alpine is just minutes from Cleveland National Forest and boating, fishing, and hiking adventures. Stroll over to the quaint shops and restaurants of Alpine or hop on the shuttle to Viejas Casino. Explore the historic gold-mining town of Julian, enjoy bass fishing at Lake Morena, or hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Take a short drive to San Diego and Mission Bay to enjoy beautiful beaches and exciting attractions, including Old Town San Diego, San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, Del Mar Racetrack, and the Old Globe Theatre. Getting here is a breeze from Highway 8 and San Diego International Airport.
San Diego Highlights
San Diego County covers 70 miles of coastline, and with California’s laws that guarantee public access to the coast, that’s a lot of beach to explore! Mission Beach and Pacific Beach are two of the biggest attractions, with plenty of shops, cafes, and restaurants within walking distance of the sand. For something quieter, try local-favorite Black’s Beach, where you can also catch some of the area’s best surf.
As if the beaches and natural beauty weren’t enough, San Diego is home to some top-notch amusement parks. LEGOLAND California Resort is one of the most popular, while Belmont Park offers classic coasters and a picturesque beachfront setting. For wildlife, check out San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, or for animals of the marine variety, head to SeaWorld San Diego.
Colonized by the Spanish in 1542 and previously home to the Kumeyaay people, San Diego holds many fascinating landmarks. Start with the historic Balboa Park, featuring gorgeous Spanish architecture and plenty of attractions, or check out the city’s two historic missions. Elsewhere, the USS Midway Museum and the Hotel del Coronado always rank highly for top things to do in the city.
A visit to San Diego will give you the perfect look at the California lifestyle. Health-food hotspots and yoga studios aside, enjoying some outdoor activities is the best way to experience it yourself. Hiking and biking trails provide lovely views and a chance to take in the fresh air, while skydiving or paragliding give you a bird’s eye view of the bay. You’ll also find some of the country’s loveliest golf courses here, including famous Torrey Pines.
The ancient art of falconry celebrates the special bond between humans and birds of prey. At Sky Falconry San Diego, this timeless practice is preserved, studied, and taught to whole new generations of avian enthusiasts. Visitors have the opportunity to learn the fascinating history of this symbiotic outdoor art via hands-on encounters with Sky Falconry’s flock of raptors — an expertly trained aviary of experienced hunting birds that offers a unique peek into the ways of a bygone era. Experience the thrill of a majestic, eagle-eyed airborne prey bird launching from your glove into the air, seeking its mark, and returning to you upon your command. Sky Raptor’s licensed instructors will coach your adventure every step of the way. It’s truly a bucket-list escapade!