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San Diego has something to offer for everyone – beautiful beaches and scenery, family-friendly attractions, endless options for food and drinks, and deep cultural roots. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here!
La Jolla is more than just a beach; it is a long stretch of coastline known as “the jewel of San Diego” - and for good reason! You will find some beautiful beaches for swimming and snorkeling at La Jolla Shores and Torrey Pines State Beach, as well as lots of options for surfing and sea kayaking. Some areas in La Jolla are inaccessible for beach goers, but you can see some incredible sunsets from the top of the cliffs. The Children’s Pool is also a must-see – once meant as a safe swimming area for children, the pool has now been claimed by seals and sea lions and offers great views of these marine inhabitants.
There are over 115 unique wineries and over 60 different grape varietals grown in the San Diego region. This is due to their Mediterranean climate and the exceptionally varied topography – within the San Diego area, you will find coastline, mountains and desert... and vineyards everywhere! You also won’t find any mega-bus tours at their vineyards, but rather a unique and personal experience everywhere you go. Explore everything San Diego has to offer for a wannabe sommelier on this interactive map.
Many people would argue a trip to San Diego wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the iconic San Diego Zoo. Located inside Balboa Park adjacent to downtown San Diego, it’s very easy to get there and enjoy what has been named ‘The Best Zoo in the World’ by TripAdvisor! The Zoo is 100 acres in size and is home to more than 4,000 animals representing more than 800 species from around the world, including a colony of more than 25 koalas, komodo dragons, elephants, polar bears and giant tortoises! There are also lots of options for special tours such as Animals in Action, where you can see exotic cats climb or feed flamingos in the company of the zoo’s expert animal trainers.
After you visit the zoo, you would be missing out if you didn’t also take a walk around Balboa Park. It is one of America’s most iconic urban parks – at over 1,200 acres, you will find 17 museums, countless gardens and lots of history to explore. Museums inside Balboa Park include the Japanese Friendship Garden, the Museum of Photographic Arts and the San Diego Air & Space Museum, so there is truly something for everyone. You will also find a large assortment of restaurants and places to shop, so it’s definitely worth making a day of exploring.
Experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore a historic aircraft carrier and learn all about the Naval history in San Diego. Did you know that it was the original home of Top Gun? The museum has activities for all ages, as well as self-guided audio tours. They even have a special audio tour geared specifically to children aged 7-12. The museum is also conveniently located in downtown San Diego along the Embarcadero, with beautiful views of the downtown skyline, San Diego Bay Bridge and active Navy ships from the flight deck of the Midway.
Written by Andrea Zakaib