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A Walk In The Park

Our Hotel near San Diego's Balboa Park

Fresh air and fitness near Kimpton Alma

There’s no question San Diego is made for outdoor lovers and nature enthusiasts. With some of the country’s best weather and a city made up of 45% green space, it’s easy to see why. Explore what San Diego’s local parks have to offer. Looking for something a little more active? There are dozens of hiking trails around San Diego to lace up for and explore during your stay. We’ll be here to welcome you back with a water in one hand and a cocktail in the other.

Balboa Park

Conveniently located near Balboa Park, our hotel is the best place to set off for a brisk walk through its 1,200 acres of walking trails, gardens, museums, art exhibits and restaurants like Panama 66. While the park grounds are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, venue and restaurant hours vary. You can plan ahead before your visit here.

Palisades Park

Head to Palisades Park early on Saturday and Sunday for a donation-based yoga class as the waves break nearby.

Torrey Pines Beach Trail

Try the Torrey Pines Beach Trail, a 1.5 mile out-and-back hike in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve that combines stunning views of the San Diego coastline with interesting terrain and access to Torrey Pines State Beach. The Torrey Pines Beach Trail is the most popular trail in the preserve and can get crowded on weekends, so head out early!

Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail

Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve attracts people with its natural beauty and abundant natural resources. The scenery of the canyon includes:

  • A waterfall cascading through volcanic rock
  • A streamside forest of giant California live oaks
  • Groves of majestic sycamore trees
  • A year-round stream populated by Pacific tree frogs, crayfish and largemouth bass
  • A freshwater marsh hosting a variety of aquatic birds including great blue herons, egrets, mallard ducks and more
  • Mule deer, bobcat, coyote and raccoon are just a few of the mammals that can be observed throughout the Preserve