5 Amazing Places to See In San Diego… If You Didn’t Have Back Pain

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Want to know 5 amazing places to see in San Diego… When you don’t have low back pain? Low back pain can be a particularly trying condition and unfortunately affects roughly 80% of Americans at some point in their lifetime. The good thing is that most people will have a resolution of their pain within 6-12 weeks. When you have this pain, it often prevents you from being active. It will require you to temporarily modify your activities and then you can progressively build back into them. So we thought it would be great to tell you about 5 awesome locations to see in San Diego that are so much fun, when you do not have low back pain.

Potato Chip Rock at Mt. Woodson

This hike is a local favorite for a variety of reasons. You can take the long trip from Poway Lake (about 3.5 miles each way) or the short trip from Highway 67 (about 2 miles, but is very steep). Why is it called Potato Chip Rock? Well, because it looks like a potato chip (think Pringles) hanging over another rock.

It’s infamous for having people climb on it and then take pictures. But be sure to get their early, or you will end up waiting to get your picture taken. The trail is dog friendly no matter which way you go. In the summer time, be sure to bring plenty of water and is recommended that you start early before the heat of the day gets the best of you.

Potato Chip Rock

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Balboa Park

This place is cool because there is so much to see in the area. You have the San Diego History Museum, the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art, and the San Diego Air & Space Museum, to name only a few. If you are from the San Diego area, every Tuesday of the month, the museums offer FREE admission.

Click HERE to see which museums offer the free admission. They also have playgrounds for the kids, so pack lunch and picnic in the park. No matter the time of year, you can expect the weather to be sunny and between 70-80oF.

San Diego Zoo

This place is one of the most famous zoos in the world and it is right in the heart of Balboa Park. It is home to gorillas, orangutans, giraffes, elephants, pandas, and tigers, to name only a few. You could spend all day walking around, taking in the many animals, who are generally lively in the morning and early afternoons. The monkeys love to play and the polar bears are not shy either. If you are looking for a quick rest and ride to the opposite end of the park, take the aerial tram ride to give you 300-foot view of Balboa Park. Don’t forget to look below you as well, because the gorillas are on the move underneath you. Be prepared to walk everywhere and up / down the hills of Balboa Park.

Monkey business… just “hanging around” at the San Diego Zoo


Coronado is a cool island that has exchanged ownership several times over the last couple hundred years. It is partly used by the US military and then inhabits residents on the north side of the island. You can enjoy the beaches, but don’t forget to visit the Hotel del Coronado. This magnificent hotel provides a great atmosphere to enjoy the evenings with amazing food and drinks. Not to mention all the great shops and eateries to consider within a very short walk. You could always rent a bike or Segway to get around, making your adventure a little more interesting.

Hotel del Coronado at night

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La Jolla Cove

Probably one of the coolest places to visit in San Diego if you are an outdoor enthusiast. You can rent a kayak and visit the ins and outs of the sea line. There are caves to explore and sea life to see. But be careful, the famous seals are best to viewed from distance. You can also snorkel at La Jolla Cove and see leopard sharks and other amazing sea life. Don’t forget to walk around the small shops and food places. There is a lot to take in during the day. If you go at the peak of summer, expect crowds to be around the area, so go early!

San Diego offers a variety of great places and activities to participate in when you do not have back pain.  Most of the locations noted above require you to move, sit, and walk around. If you find that this is difficult or you cannot find resolution to your back pain, please let us know. Level4 Physical Therapy & Performance offers a FREE Discovery Visit to answer any questions you may have, give you a diagnosis, discuss time frame for recovery, and talk about your treatment plan. We want you to be able to enjoy all the fun that San Diego has to offer, free of back pain, with your family and friends for the fun in the sun.

Where do you like to visit in San Diego? Please leave you comments below.

Dedicated to your health,

Dr. Oscar Andalon, PT, DPT, STC, MTC, CSCS, SFMA, FMS, CF-L1, USAW-1

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