San Diego is known for its many unique neighborhoods and communities, but some of those big-name districts, such as La Jolla, Coronado Island, Del Mar, and La Jolla, to name a few, can get pretty crowded in the busy season.
If you prefer a fun area of town that still offers plenty to do and convenience to the rest of the city, you should consider booking a stay in Scripps Ranch, San Diego.
Located in the northeastern section of the city, this inland community is not lacking in natural attractions or activities, making it perfect for those nature lovers who want a desert landscape more than a coastal view. Scripps Ranch is where you’ll find some of the favorite hiking trails in town, and with Miramar Reservoir right there, you also can enjoy some great fresh water fishing.
Scripps Ranch gets its unusual name thanks to newspaper magnate E. W. Scripps, who originally owned 400 acres of desert land that he turned into a ranch in the late 1890s. He gradually added to his land holdings, and while his original home no longer exists, the community still bears his name and a strong appreciation for the terrain that drew him to the area over a century ago. Be sure to drive down Pomerado Road to see the mature eucalyptus trees that were planted in Scripps’ time.
These days, Scripps Ranch lives by its motto: country living. You’ll find a quieter, more casual pace here which allows you to slow down and connect with your surroundings. It’s no wonder that some of the biggest names in show business and professional sports have made their homes in this neighborhood, and the influence of its more famous residents means that tourists here can take advantage of the variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options that coexist with the natural attractions.
Also, part of the Scripps Ranch community is Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. San Diego has always had a proud military tradition, and that appreciation can also be found in the neighborhood, which hosts several festivals throughout the year. When you stay in this area, be sure to check with your hotel concierge to see what’s taking place during your visit to make the most of your time in town.