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California vacations: 4 jogging tours through San Diego

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Feet first: Experience San Diego the leisurely way--via a scenic jog through the city. Credit: kevincole.

By Maria Mora

Last summer, I started running for the first time. I’m still in the training process, so I’m always looking for inventive ways to push myself. That’s why I was thrilled to see that the recent jogging tour trend has hit one of my favorite cities: San Diego. After six San Diego vacations, I’ve learned that the weather is simply gorgeous year-round, making it the perfect destination for fitness-friendly tours.

San Diego Jogging Tours offers four fast-footed excursions for visitors and locals training for San Diego marathons. Here are some highlights of each tour, and some San Diego hotels where tired runners can rest their busy feet. I’m so excited for the opportunity to take a healthy, environmentally-friendly California vacation.

Coronado Tour
Enjoy a priceless view of the downtown San Diego skyline from the quaint township of Coronado Island. This tour takes runners along a scenic route including multimillion dollar homes and the pristine Coronado beaches.
Miles: 6.1
Difficulty: Easy
Nearby San Diego hotels:

Downtown Tour
After meeting the jogging tour guide in the heart of the vibrant downtown area, runners discover San Diego’s unique blend of modern influence and historic tradition. Highlights include the Maritime Museum and Gaslamp Quarter.
Miles: 8.4
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Nearby San Diego hotels:

Old Town Tour
Famous for classic Spanish architecture, Old Town is known as the birthplace of San Diego. While shorter than the other tours, this jogging route has more elevation changes, beginning with a downhill run. Don’t miss out on authentic Mexican food after the run. There’s nothing like a fresh hand-made tortilla with all the fixings.
Miles: 3.5
Difficulty: Moderate
Nearby San Diego hotels:

Uptown Footbridges Tour
On this somewhat-challenging 10-mile jogging tour, runners visit some of San Diego’s most famous attractions, including Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. The eclectic uptown neighborhoods and historic architecture provide an intriguing backdrop to this fitness excursion.
Miles: 10
Difficulty: Moderate
Nearby San Diego hotels:

  • Britt Scripps Inn is located on the edge of Hillcrest in Bankers Hill. Enjoy free appetizers and wine at this unique retreat.
  • Enjoy an authentic uptown feel at the Park Manor Suites, a vintage property with convenient access to the Footbridges tour and Balboa Park.
  • Located near Scripps Mercy Hospital, the Sommerset Suites hotel offers spacious, family-friendly suites.

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Maria Mora is a memoir blogger and wannabe photographer. She travels extensively throughout Florida and the Caribbean with her two young sons.

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Posted on: March 3, 2011 | Tags: | Category: California VacationCategory: HotelsCategory: Travel Tips

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