• Wanderlust Mike

Best Places to Visit in San Diego, CA

We travel to San Diego often as I was raised there. After a recent trip, I thought I should make a travel entry for those of you considering a trip to the sunshine city.

seaport village

Our favorite places to visit and explore while in San Diego include Seaport Village with its lovely waterfront shops and restaurants, the Maritime Museum along the downtown embarcadero, and the beautiful Spanish-style architecture, gardens and museums of Balboa Park. Also historic Old Town with its Mexican charm, Cabrillo National Monument where Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovered San Diego in 1542, the historic and unique Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island, and the abundant marine life at La Jolla Cove with shops, hotels, and restaurants situated above. And the downtown district known as the Gaslamp Quarter is all a buzz at night with vibrant restaurants, clubs, and bars.

old town san diego

hotel del coronado san diego

gaslamp quarter at night

Another place to visit could include Tijuana, Mexico, just across the border. I'd recommend utilizing the San Diego trolley to take you to and from the border, parking at any of the park & rides along the route. You can walk to downtown Tijuana from the border crossing, just remember your passport! The historic San Diego Mission, also known as Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, picturesquely sits on a hill overlooking much of San Diego. And the USS Midway aircraft carrier museum allows you to see how one of these floating cities operates, and is located along the downtown waterfront.

western seagull

Theme parks and zoos include Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park inland near Escondido, Legoland up North in Carlsbad, and a small beach-front amusement park in Mission Beach known as Belmont Park. And small yet scenic Birch Aquarium in La Jolla showcases some of the local California marine life.

There are many beaches in San Diego, so take your pick! I recommend Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and La Jolla Shores, which has a nice mix of grassy cliffs and sandy beach. And you can find many outdoor and aquatic activities around town as well, from surfing to paddle boarding to sand volleyball!

Great places to be entertained in San Diego include the Old Globe Theatre, and the Rady Shell along the waterfront in downtown!

If you love a laid-back vibe and plenty of sunshine, San Diego's definitely the right vacation destination for you.