Situated just nine miles east of Downtown San Diego, La Mesa is a pedestrian’s paradise, with shops, restaurants, antique stores and several popular tourist sites. With a beautiful climate and stunning natural scenery, it’s also a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Here are some can’t-miss attractions for your visit.
1. Mount Helix
Commonly called the “Crown Jewel of East County,” this popular gathering place includes an amphitheater, historical fascinations, and lovely views.
2. Fusionglass Company
This unique small enterprise allows people of all ages to make their very own jewelry, stained glass, and other arts and crafts.
3. Lake Murray
Surrounded by parkland, this large reservoir is a great place to fish, boat or kayak. There are also miles of paved paths for walking and biking.
4. San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room and Gallery
Savor distinctive reds, whites, dessert, roses and flavored wines, while enjoying brie, crackers and cured meats.
5. La Mesa Walkway of the Stars
This urban green space is a pedestrian walkway with breathtaking murals that showcase the city’s local art and culture.
6. La Mesa Antique Mall
A beloved gem in the heart of downtown, La Mesa Antique Mall is stocked full of vintage goods, antique glass, comic books, furniture and more.
7. World’s Largest Lemon
Nestled amid a small lemon grove within minutes of the Orange Line trolley tracks, this 3,000-pound lemon statue is a storied roadside tourist attraction.
8. Mission Trails Regional Park
This expansive wildlife area is filled with scenic paths that wind their ways through majestic mountains and plunging valleys.