Want to spend time in San Diego? Go down for the San Diego Zoo! Balboa Park! A Padres game! You can even visit a small beach town, and spend a chill day by the cool oceanfront.
Fun Fact: The beach towns north to the San Diego- Pacific Beach- are the ones the famed Beach Boys sing of!
In the city of Solana Beach, just along the coast of San Diego, you’ll find that the beaches are easily accessible via Amtrak. Solana Beach is a perfect day-trip because all the spots you’ll want to wander are within walking distance of the station.
Spend your day at Naked Cafe then head down to the beach at Fletcher Cove and cruise along the Cedros Design District for window shopping. You will also find a mix of cute boutiques, surf shops, restaurants, taco spots and bars alongside the Pacific Coast Highway.
Lastly, Solana has an amazing selection of dining near the train station. Station Sushi is the spot for both classic and creative rolls, and is highly suggested by the locals of Solana Beach. Bangkok Bay has some of the best Thai food, and Pizza Port is famous for being a last-slice-and-beer-before-Amtrak place.
If the San Diego Zoo caught your eye, book a ticket, and spend a day exploring nature’s wildlife.