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Six great San Diego spots where you can unwind

Posted at 3:26 PM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 12:23:27-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - If you want to unwind from a busy day or stressful week, 10News has rounded up San Diego County spots that may provide the break you need.

While booking a massage, heading to the backcountry for a trek, or a few hours of surfing may help, there are more options around town.

We have a list of options you’ll want to consider for relaxation.

Maple Canyon Hike

There’s no need to drive to the mountains to connect with nature. The Maple Canyon trail, which connects Bankers Hill with Little Italy, takes you down a winding path through a canyon filled with towering trees. If you park on Fourth Avenue, you can enjoy the Quince Street footbridge before you access the trail. Third Ave. between Redwood and Quince Streets.

Windansea Beach

Wedged in between La Jolla and Pacific Beach is a spectacular strip of shoreline. Thanks to its off-the-beaten-path location, you may find fewer beachgeors as you watch the waves crash on the cliff. Access at the foot of Bonair Street.

Mission Bay

Although the crowds of tourists may not bring relaxation to mind, there are some quiet spots to float away your cares on the bay. Rent a boat or paddleboard (our choice: Mission Bay Aquatic Center) and drift along. 1001 Santa Clara Place.

San Diego County Reservoirs

Endless activities await you at the county’s nine reservoirs. Pedal along the water in a rental boat at Miramar Lake or try fishing in East County. See a list of reservoirs here.

UC San Diego’s Stuart Collection

The typically bustling campus is quiet on the weekends when visitors can enjoy the Stuart Collection. This group of outdoor artworks is accessible on a self-guided walking tour, and many are found in shady eucalyptus groves. Start at the Northpoint Visitor Center, 2 John Jay Hopkins Drive.

Cabrillo National Monument

Trade the sound of traffic for the wind whipping across Point Loma, planes landing gracefully at Lindbergh Field, and the occasional dolphin at San Diego’s lone national park. You can stop at the visitor center and enjoy the view or hike down to the tidepools. 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive.