The following article is a guest post, courtesy of Catherine Nguyen
Hey LA Bagels!
For those living in the city of Angeles and looking to escape the foggy pollution for some blue skies, look no further than the beautiful city of San Diego. Although total drive time is about 2 hours, there is nothing more beautiful than driving down the I-5 with the beautiful Pacific Ocean view to your right and an even more beautiful Bagel to your immediate right.
There’s more to San Diego than just beaches and burritos – check out the following creative date ideas in LA for how to make the most out of a spontaneous road trip to San Diego!
On your way down the 5 towards San Diego, stop by Carlsbad for some strawberry picking before the season ends with U-Pick Carlsbad Strawberry Company! For $10-20, you get a good sized bucket to fill it up with freshly picked strawberries for the rest of the drive down.
How to get there: From the I-5, merge onto CA-78 E to take the County Highway S11 exit. Turn right onto El Camino Road, and then left onto Cannon Road, and you should be able to smell your destination up ahead!
Tips for the picking: Yelpers have claimed to have brought their own bucket, but the company only allows you to use theirs. Come with an empty stomach and maybe you’ll be able to taste some while you’re picking away!
Hike the Potato Chip Rock
No, we don’t mean eat potato chips! Get active with your Bagel and hike the famous San Diego potato chip hike – known for looking like it is going to break any second.
How to get there: Once you’re on I-15, take the Poway Road exit by Poway Lake. Keep driving until you see a sign for the trail. Note – parking will cost 8 dollars if you’re a non-resident of Poway, but the view will be worth it!
The viewpoint: the trail extends around the lake, starting by the bathroom. Continue on the trail and you should see several rock formations. Once you see the potato chip rock in the distance, whip out your camera and get ready to snap some awesome jumping shots (if you dare!).
This classy little San Diego spot sure lives up to its name when it comes to serving dessert. Each dish that comes out of the kitchen looks like something out of a magazine. From fresh fruit tarts to decadent chocolate bread pudding, Extraordinary Desserts is the place to indulge. This place is also great if you want to end the night on a good note or if you really want to impress your bagel.
How to get there: From I-5, get onto the 805 South, and then take CA-163 South heading toward downtown. Get off on the University Ave. exit and merge onto 6th Ave. Turn right on Palm St. and take the first right on 5th Ave. Your destination will be on the right. (note: This is the location near Balboa Park)
The View: There really isn’t a view from the restaurant, but it is close to beautiful Balboa Park. You and your date could take an evening stroll together to end the night perfectly.