San Diego is one of the most underrated cities on the West Coast. Only two hours from Los Angeles, many visitors to California pass it over in favor of visiting San Francisco, Las Vegas, and L.A.
This is a mistake though, as the city is diverse and laid-back, with plenty to see and do, tons of great bars on the beach, and excellent Mexican food.
Where to go:
Families should head to Sea World, where you’ll find Shamu the Killer Whale, and plenty of rides for the kids. Tickets start from $64 online, and you’ll want to make sure you get there early and beat the crowds.
San Diego Zoo is arguably the best zoo in America, so make sure you head up in the Gondola for an incredible view. You’ll find the zoo inside Balboa Park, but make sure you also visit the sprawling Safari Park as well.
Old Town is the Birthplace of California and is home to seventeen different museums, as well as the Whaley house-the most haunted house in America. Free walking tours are offered Wednesday to Sunday at 10am and 2pm, so take the time to explore and enjoy the original courthouse and schoolhouse, as well as many other landmarks.
Beach lovers will be spoilt for choice, as San Diego has some of the best around. Make sure you head to Coronado where you’ll find Hotel Del Coronado. This famous hotel has been a temporary home to many different presidents, so take a walk through and enjoy the collection of photos that celebrate the hotels remarkable history. The beach here was voted the best in America for a reason, so take a picnic and enjoy the sun.
Seaport Village is a good place to while away a Sunday afternoon and enjoy over fifty stores, outdoor entertainment, and plenty of choices for food. If you’re lucky the “bird man” will be there with his parrots and macaws, or you can get your palm read by one of the many “psychics”.
For some incredible scenery visit La Jolla which means “The Jewel”. This place truly is a jewel, and here you’ll find cute boutiques, award-winning restaurants, and some of the best photo opportunities in San Diego. Make sure you stop by Seal Rock, where you’ll see plenty of seals lounging on the sand, and some of the clearest water in California.
Wander through the Gaslamp Quarter, which is sixteen and a half blocks in the central city and home to plenty of art galleries, shops, restaurants, and Victorian architecture.
The young (and young at heart) will want to head to Mission Beach boardwalk, which is popular with street performers. Grab an ice-cream or try out the Giant Dipper-a 73-foot tall wooden rollercoaster. This area is popular at night, when the clubs open up and everyone parties near the beach.