A city of perfect weather, amazing beaches, great food and splendid lifestyle – San Diego, CA is probably one of the best cities to visit in the US. However, deciding where to go in San Diego can be a daunting task for a tourist coming to visit for the first time.
So we have shortlisted the ones that you really have to see whether or not you’re staying in San Diego for three days or more.
This historic 16-square blocks Victorian neighborhood in downtown San Diego is the ultimate dining, entertainment, and urban shopping destination when in California. Countless pubs, bars, and world-class restaurants with sweeping views of San Diego’s cosmopolitan skyline, Coronado Bridge, views of the bay while cradled by buildings built in the 1800’s. The food scene is always fresh and there’s always something new to the taste.
The nation’s biggest urban cultural park can only be found in San Diego. This excellent destination boasts 15 important museums spread among 8 enchanting gardens of Balboa Park – that’s how massive this park is! Find time to explore San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Air and Space Museum and San Diego History Center and spare a bit more time to check out the Botanical building.
Be sure to check the web for new exhibitions, award-winning plays, musicals and concerts if you want a more interactive cultural experience. While you’re at it, climb 125 steps into the California Tower to see a view that extends all the way to Mexico.
Old Town is the site of the first Spanish settlement on America’s West Coast established in 1769 that features a one-of-a-kind 12 massive acres of more than a 100 sites to see, each with interesting stories to tell. Celebrate Latin culture, have a glimpse of the past and learn about the Mexican and early American periods of 1821-1872.
Indulge in one of the world’s most beautiful coastline of amazing beaches and get lost in its charming alleys, feed the soul at a local restaurant while taking in a gorgeous view from a cliff that will surely leave a mark in your hearts. Rent a kayak, snorkel, visit sea caves or just watch the world go by while you’re surrounded by nature’s beauty.
Explore impeccably preserved landmarks of Italian nationalism and culture around the area and sample Italian cuisines while you’re at it. Better yet, consider booking a food tour. On Saturdays, take a stroll down to the Mercato Farmer’s Market and check out fresh produce, flowers and other interesting finds. There are a number of lodgings in the area as well. This hip and historic neighborhood is about eight blocks from the downtown train station.
Coronado Island is technically a peninsula but is preferably called an Island by most. The beach is hailed to be one of the best with hotels and a vibrant little downtown. Don’t let it’s little destination fool you because it has more to offer than most tiny towns elsewhere. Layback a little, take a walk by the beach, hangout at the downtown area or take a walking tour around, whatever you do, this place will immediately bring you to a zen mood. Stroll along the beach
Take a cruise along the harbor to see a different view of San Diego and see how amazing Coronado Bridge really is in a closer view as it passes you by. Try a brunch or dinner cruise to complete this experience.
The cruise normally leaves from the waterfront near downtown together with the big cruise ship terminal.
You can’t go to San Diego without visiting the San Diego Zoo as it is considered to be one of the best in the world because of the massive variation of animals you can see. Find them in their most natural habitat possible and have the possibility of seeing them real close. One of the biggest attractions in this zoo
are the Giant Pandas that were brought from China in 1987. See what a California Condor looks like, check out the albino boa constrictor and koalas and 4000 other rare animals in their 100 acre habitat.
The zoo can be found east of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park.
This 70-mile stretch of sand and surf gives you the ultimate California feels while the coastline is packed with restaurants, bars, pubs where yore you can easily relax and eat while you watch skaters, cyclists, joggers pass by the boardwalk or surfers and stand-up paddlers ride waves after waves.
This area is also pet-friendly with a couple of places for them to play.
Let your imagination run wild in this 128-acre park. Legoland is one of San Diego’s most famous attractions not only among kids but also among adults who can’t seem to leave their childhood behind. We’re not here to judge. Legoland is a park for everyone! It’s one of the best family destinations in the US.
Ogle at the life-sized iconic lego assemblage like traffic cops, dinosaurs and other creations. It’s best to buy tickets online to get a better price.
The museum offers a close up look on life on a floating city with nearly 50 years of US Naval and Air Force history. There are flight simulators here as well that can provide an opportunity to experience launching off of the flight deck and combating with an enemy. Get an audio guide aboard the aircraft carrier museum at the Navy Pier to get a better understanding of history. The USS Midway Museum is also a perfect place to explore and soak up San Diego’s bayfront views.
Beer connoisseurs can’t possibly leave San Diego without joining a brewery tour. This city has been rapidly gaining popularity in terms of their craft beers with at least 115 breweries to boast. The best ones on the list have to be Karl Strauss, Lost Abbey, Stone Brewing Co., Ballas Point, etc. A great way to celebrate your love for beer is to do it with large group tours so you can enjoy your drink with a fun crowd and maybe gain a friend or two!
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