The Best Things To See And Do In La Mesa, California

Photo of Jed Johnson
9 February 2017

Located nine miles to the east of Downtown San Diego, La Mesa is anything but your typical Southern California suburbia. With stunning natural scenery, a beautiful climate, and a host of unique and authentic stores, this town is only 20 minutes from San Diego. Learn more about what La Mesa has to offer below.

San Diego sunset | © peasap/Flickr

Mount Helix

Beautiful vistas abound at the top of Mount Helix, one of the highest points in San Diego County. Hikers can see San Diego, Tijuana, and El Cajon from the top, or enjoy theater performances and power yoga at an amphitheater further down the mountain. Mount Helix also offers one of the best views of the sunset on the entire West Coast, so come for the exercise and to see the natural world of Southern California.

Mount Helix, 4905 Mt Helix Dr La Mesa, CA, USA, +1 619 741-4363

Lake Murray

A large reservoir surrounded by parkland, Lake Murray is a favorite recreation site for those living in and around San Diego. The lake is surrounded by paved trails, making it the perfect place for an evening walk or jog. One of the few locations in Southern California where you can fish for trout and largemouth bass, the park also offers kayak rentals and is open to private boating, allowing for a calmer on-the-water experience than you would find on the Pacific Ocean.

Lake Murray, 5540 Kiowa Dr La Mesa, CA, USA, +1 619 668-2050

La Mesa Antique Mall

Stock-full of vintage goods, comic books, antique glass, and furniture, the La Mesa Antique Mall is a gem in the heart of downtown. This store specializes in goods from the 50’s era at very fair prices, which makes for exciting finds and excellent deals. Even though La Mesa is a relatively new suburb of San Diego, you can be reminded of its early days at this unique and quirky establishment.

La Mesa Antique Mall, 4710 Palm Ave La Mesa, CA, USA, +1 619 462-2211

San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room and Gallery

Winery, Brewery
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San Pasqual vineyard
San Pasqual vineyard | © Paul Vladuchick/Flickr
Any trip anywhere in California is incomplete without a top-notch wine tasting experience, and the best place to go in La Mesa for wine is San Pasqual Winery. Selling reds, whites, roses, dessert, and flavored wines all made in San Diego County, this winery has everything in place for the perfect wine-tasting. Try everything from passion fruit wine along with brie and crackers to sangria with cured meats.

Mission Trails Regional Park

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Cowles Mountain Summit, Mission Trails Regional Park
Cowles Mountain Summit, Mission Trails Regional Park | © Al_HikesAZ/Flickr
Located just outside La Mesa, Mission Trails is a huge wildlife area full of paths winding through the mountains and valleys near San Diego. Sheer cliffs also make rock-climbing a reality for the adventurous individual. Several small streams flow through the park, making vegetation flourish. It won’t take long to lose view of the city below and soon after beginning a hike you’ll be in true Southern California wilderness.

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