Year after year, the 3-Day returns to San Diego where the sun shines as bright as the Pink Bubble, and the community support is all-encompassing. It’s a place where sunny skies meet sandy shores, and the ocean breeze carries the promise of adventure with each step. As you soak it all in, find yourself in the best of San Diego’s seaside splendor as we walk through some of the city’s most iconic and breathtaking locations. From Del Mar to Old Town, this journey promises to be a memorable exploration of Southern California’s coastal paradise.
Our journey begins in Del Mar, a charming coastal city known for its pristine beaches and upscale ambiance. Start your day with a stroll along the coastline as you soak in the mesmerizing views of the Pacific Ocean. You’ll find yourself enchanted by the soothing sound of the waves and the warm embrace of the sun.
The real highlight of Day 1 awaits you at the Torrey Pines Natural Reserve, a state park boasting rugged cliffs, diverse plant life, and stunning ocean vistas. Though a challenging terrain, the sea of cheering supporters will help you reach the top of the hill! As you hike the trails, keep an eye out for the rare Torrey pine trees, which can only be found here and on Santa Rosa Island. As you venture further south, you’ll arrive in the picturesque town of La Jolla. Here, you can explore the vibrant village that is adorned with boutique shopping and delectable local seafood restaurants. Next, make your way to La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Cove. These spots are famous for their crystal-clear waters, making them ideal for taking in the natural beauty of the sea.
Day 2 is filled with beach vibes and ocean bliss as we continue our journey south, starting with the breathtaking Sunset Cliffs National Park. The name says it all — this spot is renowned for its stunning sunset views, making it the perfect place to breathe in the ocean air. Venture toward Smiley Lagoon, a serene coastal inlet that offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle before heading toward South Mission Beach Boardwalk. This vibrant area is perfect for people-watching, beachcombing, and enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of a classic California beach town.
Head toward Muscle Beach, known for its outdoor fitness equipment and exercise enthusiasts, making it an entertaining place to visit and watch others showcase their strength and skills. Even if you’re not into working out, the strength of those working out emulates the strength possessed by each 3-Dayer. Inspired and strong, wrap up 40 miles as you return to camp for the Honor Ceremony.
Our final day of exploration welcomes a visit to Belmont Park, a historic amusement park that’s been entertaining visitors since 1925. It offers a peek into the 20th century and is home to the iconic Giant Dipper roller coaster. Feel an adrenaline rush as you stroll past and snap a picture on the historic beachfront boardwalk. Next, venture to Bonita Cove, a tranquil bay area with stunning views of Mission Bay that is perfect for a leisurely stroll. It’s a tranquil and relatively secluded spot compared to some of the more bustling areas in Mission Bay Park, making it a great place to reflect on your reason for walking the 3-Day.
History buffs will appreciate the visit to the Mormon Battalion Historic Site, where you can step back in time and learn about the role of the Mormon Battalion in San Diego’s development. From here, our journey boasts a visit to the Old Town Viewpoint, offering panoramic views of San Diego’s historic heart. Here, you’ll gain a new perspective on the city’s evolution and maybe even reflect on your own evolution over the past three days. Lastly, don’t forget to explore the vibrant and culturally rich neighborhood of Little Italy before the Finish Line Festival.
San Diego’s coastal cities and attractions offer a diverse range of experiences, from natural wonders to commemorated sites and vibrant neighborhoods. The 3-Day takes you on a memorable journey through the heart of San Diego, allowing you to immerse yourself in its unique blend of maritime beauty and urban charm. So, lace up your walking shoes, embrace the ocean breeze, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in America’s Finest City.