Check out what San Diego has to offer.
So you’ve been all cooped up in your home waiting for the pandemic to pass and itching for somewhere to go when you can finally begin traveling again. As you compile your bucket list of places to visit, be sure not to overlook San Diego, aka ‘America’s Finest City.’
San Diego is best known as a laid back, comfortable city of 1.4 million people that’s flanked on one side by the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by nature. If you’re into beaches, woods, deserts, canyons, mountains, and nice weather then this is the place for you.
When you get to San Diego be sure to check out the following list of the city’s top attractions:
Go to the beach
No visit to San Diego would be complete without multiple visits to the beach. Coronado Municipal Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the USA, being the location for scenes from the movie ‘Some Like It Hot’ with Marilyn Monroe. Pacific Beach which is ideal for strolling in the waves and chilling out. Ocean Beach is a haven for dog owners, so if your pet is with you be sure to bring it along! If you’re more into fishing, go to the Ocean Beach Pier, and when you’re done head over to the nearby restaurants and bars.
San Diego is one of the most botanically diverse cities in the United States, and not going hiking would be to let all of this bountiful nature go to waste. Balboa Park some of the best hikes in San Diego, so head over there and get started on the Urban Park Loop, which takes you through some of the most stunning landscapes in the city. After that, go over to the Torrey Pines State Park Loop and walk through beaches and forests that have over 400 species of flowers. If that still didn’t satiate your need to hike, go to the Los Peñasquitos Canyon and walk out to its stunning waterfall.
Go out at night
After enjoying San Diego’s beautiful beaches and hikes during the day, retreat back into the city center for your nightlife fix. Be sure to go to the Gaslamp Quarter, which is 16 blocks featuring an array of rocking nightclubs and a diverse range of bars that suite any style. Many of these establishments have live DJs, bands, and some even have flamenco dancers, rivaling the music scenes of most cities in the country. Once you’ve finished with the Gaslamp Quarter, head over to North Park and South Park, where the scene is a little more casual and hip. For some added pizzazz, go for a Limo Find.
Check out the museums
San Diego also boasts a wide array of museums and places of cultural intrigue. Balboa Park has 17 museums alone, which focus on everything from the city’s history to transportation to world culture. Centro Cultural de la Raza is a traditional arts center for Latino and Indigenous culture. Even the building that the museum is housed in is an attraction in and of itself, being a decommissioned water tower that’s now painted with murals. Balboa Park’s science center is bursting with over 100 interactive exhibits and an IMAX theater. While Mingei International Museum is all about everyday art from cultures all over the world.
Visit the zoo
The one place that you can’t miss in San Diego is the zoo. This zoo is the most-visited in the United States and has over 3,500 animals, many of which are shown in innovative open-air exhibits that don’t have cages. Be sure to check out the Australian Outback exhibit, Africa Rocks, and the Ituri Forest, which is based on the actual forest in Africa. For a little trivia, San Diego Zoo was the site of the filming of the first video ever uploaded to YouTube.
So whenever you get ready to stretch your legs again and get back on the road after a long quarantine be sure to head over to San Diego, one of the most livable, vibrant, and inviting cities in the United States.