San Diego Adventure Guide

San Diego's Best Adventure Locations



Torrey Pines Glider Port; $175–$225

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Summer’s end may be right around the corner, but it’s not too late to cram in one last adventure. San Diego is home to a wealth of activities, excursions and tours that will get your blood rushing. What makes Southern California great is the combination of beaches, mountains and desert regions in one place, so thrill-seekers can have unique, memorable experiences. Grab a pen and cross some things off that bucket list – this summer is shaping up to be the adventure of a lifetime. 

Torrey Pines Glider Port

2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr., La Jolla, CA; $175–$225

Ready to jump off a cliff? The folks at Torrey Pines Glider Port are. Running the largest tandem paragliding operation in the world, the Glider Port is the premier place to go for your next flight adventure. Thrill-seekers take to the skies in tandem paragliding flights with certified instructors, as well as lessons in paragliding, hang gliding and powered paragliding. The breathtaking cliffs of Torrey Pines and endless ocean view make gliding here a one-of-a-kind experience – and with around 300 days of perfect flying weather a year, there’s no reason not to fly. 

Miramar Speed Circuit

8137 Miralani Dr., San Diego, CA; $20/RACE

Sitting in San Diego traffic is bad enough, but if you’ve got a need for speed it’s doubly painful to spend the afternoon crawling along the freeway. Take the next exit in Miramar and make your way to the Speed Circuit instead; there, you’ll find the thrill of indoor go-kart racing along an inventive track. The high-performance karts are designed for tight cornering and straightaway speeds up to 40 mph. The track is open to racers 48 inches and taller. 

San Diego Dune Tours

San Diego Dune Tours

6 W Evan Hewes Highway, Ocotillo, CA; $185-$289

Despite the excellent appeal of San Diego’s coastline, it’s not the only place to have fun. The desert offers perhaps a surprising amount of adventure, too. Motorsport enthusiasts can hop on a dirt bike, dune buggy or ATV and race their way over a variety of desert landscapes including sand dunes, dry lake beds, red clay mountains and more. San Diego Dune Tours traverse the vast trails on-site in Ocotillo for individuals, groups and families and offer packages up to four days long. The tours are fully customizable, but by reservation only. 

SD Expeditions

2148 Avenida De La Playa, Ste. E, La Jolla, CA; $180–$399

The only way to learn a new culture is through immersion, and exploring the wonders of the sea requires the same process. Nothing can substitute the experience of being surrounded by vibrant sea life like coral reefs, towering kelp forests and schools of native fish. SD Expeditions coordinates eye-opening ocean adventures for both the novice and expert diver, offering guided tours around San Diego as well as SCUBA certification training.