Flipping out in Mission Bay
The Gaslamp Quarter at dusk
Wildflowers in bloom at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Enjoying the evening at vibrant Balboa Park
A romantic moment next to Seward Johnson’s 'Embracing Peace' sculpture at the USS Midway Museum
Feeding giraffes at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Overlooking the impressive cliffs and coastline
Traditional 'Ballet Folklorico' dancers performing in Old Town
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Beachside vibes and big-city excitement
The Ultimate Outdoor Playground
San Diego offers plentiful sunshine and unforgettable landscapes in its beaches, parks and deserts. One of only two locations in the world where Torrey pine trees grow, Torrey Pines Natural Reserve is full of walking trails in a dramatic cliff-top setting with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. In contrast, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California’s largest state park, explodes with colorful wildflower blossoms each spring.
Find activities on land and sea at Mission Bay Park, which offers everything from sailboat rentals to bike paths. Nearby, visit one of the region’s top attractions, SeaWorld San Diego. There’s also Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in the USA, and its 17 museums, gardens, theaters and the famous San Diego Zoo. Take a family selfie at iconic California Tower, a historic landmark and example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture.
Neighborhoods New and Old
Visit more than 100 neighborhoods, from Little Italy’s booming culinary scene to hip and trendy East Village. Soak in the mellow vibe of Ocean Beach, or settle into the oceanfront, Mediterranean-style enclave of La Jolla, featuring resorts, fine dining, major art, world-class shopping and outdoor recreation.
Home to more than 140 breweries, San Diego is especially known for defining the West Coast-style IPA. To sample a variety, head to “Beer Boulevard” (30th Street) in the North Park neighborhood, “Beer-a-Mar” (Miramar Road) or the “Hops Highway” (Highway 78 Corridor). Hit one of the West Coast’s hottest nightlife destinations in the Gaslamp Quarter, a blend of new and old buildings spread over 16 walkable blocks featuring 180 restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
The influence of neighboring Mexico is rich here, resulting in a distinct “Cali-Baja” culture. Barrio Logan is a hidden gem for trend-setting art, authentic local galleries, boutiques, brewpubs and craft coffee. Nearby Chicano Park is home to the largest collection of Chicano murals in the world.
San Diego is also the birthplace of California. At Cabrillo National Monument, learn about the 1542 landing of Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo, the first European explorer to set foot on the USA’s West Coast. Walk the Bayside Trail, bike Cabrillo Memorial Drive, tour the Old Point Loma Lighthouse and keep an eye on the tide pools for when low tide reveals sea creatures inhabiting the reef.
Old Town San Diego State Park offers a window into California’s earliest settlements, including Mexican heritage and historical sites, colorful shops, authentic restaurants, museums, a theater and the restored Cosmopolitan Hotel. In nearby Presidio Park, tour the first of the California Missions, Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala. San Diego also has a rich maritime and military history, including the floating USS Midway Museum, the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century.
San Diego is the birthplace of California and home to the Cabrillo National Monument, a national park commemorating the 1542 landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European explorer to set foot on the U.S. West Coast.
As a leading craft beer destination with more than 140 breweries, San Diego has defined the popular West Coast-style India Pale Ale (IPA).
Balboa Park is the USA’s largest urban cultural park, a 490-hectare oasis that includes 17 museums, beautiful gardens, theaters and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.