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7 Things to Do this January

Welcome the New Year Outdoors

Experience endless blue skies, expansive beaches and exciting outdoor adventures in San Diego this January.

Man getting in a yoga workout at Sunset Cliffs

Stay Fit and Healthy Outdoors

This January, enjoy a plethora of great outdoor workout spots and activities in San Diego, whether you're a hardcore fanatic training for the next Ironman race or a weekend exerciser who just wants to burn off that second (or third) piece of pie. Here are 7 outdoor offerings to include in your next workout schedule.

Couple walking along a trail in La Jolla

Take a Waterfront Walk

Without a doubt, San Diego's coastline is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in Southern California. The combination of mild climate, sunny days and beautiful scenery makes San Diego one of the premier hiking destinations in the state. These seven "star" hikes highlight the best of the San Diego coast. Hikers can enjoy the natural features that set the coastal areas apart, including fragrant sage-scrub habitats, intertidal lagoons, estuaries, pristine beaches, city and ocean views, noteworthy historical sites, and rare plant species like the Torrey Pine tree.

Gray whale tail

See the Gray Whales Migrating

Each year, more than 20,000 gray whales make a 10,000-mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California, where the females give birth to their calves. After spending time in warm Baja California waters for the young to grow strong, they make the journey north again in spring. The longest-known distance any mammal migrates annually, it is truly an extraordinary spectacle to observe. With 70 miles of coastline directly along the migration path, San Diego is an ideal destination to see this impressive parade of gentle giants.

Bikers on a Misison Bay paved trail

Discover New Adventures On Land

Hike along the coast or in the backcountry, golf at 90+ courses, cycle past awesome views and so much more. Come and discover your adventure-seeking smile in San Diego.

Couple having a picnic on the beach

Enjoy a Takeaway Picnic

Make the most out of San Diego's awesome January weather and dynamic dining scene by ordering takeout and enjoying a picnic with your loved ones at the beach, a spacious outdoor park, scenic settings like Sunset Cliffs, or in your own backyard. For those over 21, add on a bottle of wine from a local winery or a six-pack from a local brewery to enjoy at select city parks.

Sunset and paraglider over Torrey Pines Golf Course

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Tune into Torrey

In 2021, the Farmers Insurance Open>, played at the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course, invites fans to tune into the action and beautiful scenery on the Golf Channel and CBS. While in San Diego, you can safely play a round or two on one of the other 90+ golf courses throughout the county.

Sunset at Oceanside Pier

See a Winter Sunset

What better way is there to end a San Diego winter day than watching the sun sink into the Pacific? While there's no bad place to watch the sky fade from lilac to vermillion, here are a few of the most breathtaking settings to choose from including mountaintop, pier, beach, and bluff.

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Bonus: 25 Fun & Free Things to Do

Having fun in San Diego doesn't require a lot of money; in fact, many things to see and do are absolutely free. This November, visit San Diego for a fun and inexpensive getaway with these 25 free things to do.

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