San Diego Ranked Fifth Among “America’s Most Adventurous Cities”

San Diego ranked fifth in a Men’s Health magazine Top 100 determining America’s Most Adventurous City. (JDrewes/Wikimedia)

Having lived in the Los Angeles area for about seven years in the late 1990s to early 2000s, I simply didn’t like living there. I’m just not an L.A. type of a guy. San Diego? Now that would have been more palatable in my mind. It’s a laid-back city with great neighborhoods, good food  – even barbecue that Maverick and Charlie of Top Gun fame would endorse, an there are plenty of tickets available at Petco Park to watch Padres baseball! 

So I’d be onboard with a relocation someday. Until then, check out this Men’s Health magazine report on ranking the 100 best-to-worst list of the “Most Adventurous Cities in America”:


San Diego is more than just perfect weather and beautiful vistas. It’s also home to more than 40,000 acres of public land spread out over 400 parks and 26 miles of shorelines. If you’re a sea dog, rent some kayaks and paddle through the sea lion-filled waters to the sea caves of La Jolla. Bring your snorkeling gear to have a look at the area’s remarkable array of fish and leopard sharks. There are also more than a dozen beaches for great surfing.

If you’re a beginner, check out Del Mar, considered one of the most reliable spots to catch a wave in the area. For the more advanced surfers, head to the southern end of Black’s Beach for some of San Diego’s best waves. And, while you’re there, walk to the north end of Black’s to visit San Diego’s only nude beach…if you’re into that sort of thing.

For the record: San Diego finished behind winning city Anchorage, Alaska, followed by Austin, Texas, Madison, Wis. and Minneapolis.

Here’s how the rest of the state’s cities ranked:

21. Bakersfield

26. San Jose

32. Riverside

39. San Francisco

44. Anaheim

48. Los Angeles

52. Oakland

64. Sacramento

79. Fresno

84. Stockton