Whether you’re looking for an active trip filled with hiking and water sports or a relaxing vacation spent lazing around a pool or on the beach, San Diego is just a short drive from several destinations that make for perfect weekend getaways.

BY PATRICIA DOHERTY

JULY 31, 2020

Las Vegas

People visit on daytime famous old Freemont Street experience, downtown Las Vegas.
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A five-hour drive or a short flight will bring you to the glitter of Las Vegas (picture poolside relaxing, shopping, gambling, shows, dancing, and thrill rides).

Hotels on the Las Vegas Strip and downtown offer a wide range of restaurants, from casual to upscale, and shows in lounges, showrooms, and concert halls.

For excitement away from the gaming tables, take a 30-minute ride on the High Roller and soar 550 feet above the Strip in the world’s largest observation wheel. In downtown Las Vegas, you can fly above Fremont Street on a zip line or take the longer, higher Zoomline ride and glide Superman-style at speeds up to 40 miles per hour. While you’re downtown, don’t miss the free light and music show at Fremont Street Experience, the largest video screen in the world.

With so many hotels to choose from, you can pretend you’re in Italy at The Venetian or in Egypt at the Luxor Hotel. Shop at hotel boutiques or malls, and dine at the latest restaurants of celebrity chefs like Thomas Keller, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, Lorena Garcia, or David Chang, who recently opened Majordomo Meat & Fish at The Venetian.

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