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February 03

a starry sky over a desert

There’s no better way to end each day of your San Diego vacation than watching a sunset. However, who says the sinking sun has to mark the end of your day? While one of the most popular nighttime activities to enjoy when staying at InterContinental San Diego is checking out the area's nightlife, there’s another option. Look to the sky and go stargazing at some of the best spots near San Diego.

3 Places to Look at the Stars

To enjoy some of the best stargazing in California, you need to get away from downtown San Diego. Luckily, there are several places only a short drive away that offer unbeatable views of the constellations.

Torrey Pines State Natural Area

Less than 30 minutes away, the Torrey Pines State Natural Area is a great option for those looking for a close option. The city lights of Del Mar can make things a little more challenging. However, the clearer skies of summer allow for incredible opportunities.

Cowles Mountain

Make your way to Mission Trails Region Park and head to the top of Cowles Mountain. The trail marker is easy to spot even at night, but we recommend bringing flashlights. The out-and-back trail to reach the summit is on the more challenging side, but the panoramic views at the top make the hike worth it.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

While Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the furthest spot on this list, the drive is worth it. This spot is an internally recognized Dark Sky Park. The park offers monthly moon-watching and stargazing programs from November through April.

Honorable Mention: Fleet Science Center

The San Diego Astronomy Association hosts “Stars in the Park” on the first Wednesday of the month outside the Fleet Science Center. This event takes place right after the Balboa Park science center’s “The Sky Tonight” show.

Save on Your Unforgettable San Diego Escape

Whether stargazing at night or wandering a museum, there’s no shortage of things to do when staying at InterContinental San Diego. When planning your visit, don’t forget to check out our current special offers. These deals from our San Diego hotel are an excellent way to save on your stay. These savings can be used to add even more fun to your itinerary. For more information on current promotions or our accommodations, call 619-501-9400.

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