From our sunny weather to glorious shorelines, San Diego is undeniably among one the finest cities in America. Ever been? Planning to go?
Here we have formed a list of 11 of the best places to visit in San Diego.
1. Balboa Park
To many locals Balboa Park is a name that sounds most familiar. From countless museums, gardens, food venues, to live events, the Park has something for everyone to enjoy regardless of age.
See their online site for hours.
2. San Diego Botanic Gardens
Previously known as the Quail Gardens, the San Diego Botanical Gardens covers roughly 37 acres and features countless different landscapes. From bamboo, Mediterranean, California Native, to Subtropical, if you’re a nature lover then you’re bound to find yourself a second home here.
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3. San Diego Zoo
Located in Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo was previously voted as the #1 Zoo in the world. The Zoo houses over 3,700 animals that represent 650 different species.
4. La Jolla Cove/Beach
There’s no denying that the beaches of La Jolla may very well be heaven on Earth. From its long shorelines, snorkeling, and hiking trails, La Jolla is one of those places that provides a story for everyone to come back home and share.
5. Del Mar (Dog Beach)
Looking to take fido along for the trip too? Well head on over to Del Mar Dog Beach! Since 1959 the shoreline has allowed dogs to dip their feet in the ocean water and relax alongside their owners in the sand.
6.Sunset Cliffs Nature Park
Located in Point Loma, San Diego, Sunset Cliffs is a popular place for both sighting seeing and hiking.
A pro tip: Be caucus when walking along the cliffs. The pathways here are undeveloped, and fragility of the cliffs has contributed to numerous deaths throughout the years because of individuals coming too close to the edge.
7. Torrey Pines Nature Reserve
Located in the Northern Coastal region of Southern California, the Torrey Pines Nature Reserve stretches for about 2,600 acres (one of the largest in the State). Whether you’re into hiking or casual sightseeing, the Reserve has it all!
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8. Mission San Juan Capistrano
San Juan is Spanish Mission located in what was previous known as San Juan Capistrano, and better known in modern day as Orange Country. The entire property stretches 9.9 acres and is filled with a tremendous amount of history and colorful sights for the eyes to enjoy.
For more information and hours on the Mission visit their site here.
9. Hotel Del Coronado
Did you know that the iconic 1959 film Some Like It Hot featuring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon was filmed here? From the beautiful shoreline just steps away to the interior (and exterior) of the Hotel itself, there’s no denying that the Hotel Del is more than just another location for a Hollywood set.
10. The Gaslamp Quarter
Located in the downtown area of San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter is known for its evident nightlife scene, drinking establishments, and diverse theaters of drama, music, and comedy.
If you’re looking to visit during daylight hours, however, there are many restaurants, ice cream parlors, and coffee vendors dotted in and around the streets.
11. USS Midway Museum
Located in Downtown San Diego at the Navy Pier, the USS Midway, now a resting place for its military aircraft (a majority of which were built in California), is open to the public throughout the week.
Fun fact: The USS Midway was the United States longest serving aircraft carrier during the 20th century, carrying roughly 200,000 soldiers who served in several aviation breakthroughs and humanitarian missions.
In all, San Diego is not just one of the most diverse places for family outings, drinking, and casual hanging out, but the city is also enriched with history and eye candy. From the shorelines of La Jolla to the in depth architecture at Balboa Park, your next adventure is waiting for you not across the pond but here.