Explore Carmel Valley, San Diego
Just a few minutes from Carmel Valley, stunning overlooks and peaceful trails ranging from one to five miles long offer unspoiled beaches at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. The reserve features broken cliffs and deep ravines overlooking the ocean. Hikers can follow trails through the nation's rarest pine tree - Pinus torreyana - while a circa 1922 pueblo-style structure, once a restaurant, now houses the visitor center.
Only a 15-minute drive from Carmel Valley, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is the second largest horse-racing venue in the western United States. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean coastline, this stunning property is also home to The Del Mar Fairgrounds and Surfside Race Place.
With live racing July through early September, one of the largest draws each year for the Del Mar racetrack has now become Opening Day where spectators arrive wearing traditional and remarkable hats.