Things to Do
San Diego boasts all the classic California offerings, with perennial sunshine, a friendly personality, and some of the state’s most beautiful beaches. The city’s Spanish influence provides a historical charm, and a wide range of popular attractions make this a great pick for all travelers.
San Diego County covers 70 miles of coastline, and with California’s laws that guarantee public access to the coast, that’s a lot of beach to explore! Mission Beach and Pacific Beach are two of the biggest attractions, with plenty of shops, cafes, and restaurants within walking distance of the sand. For something quieter, try local-favorite Black’s Beach, where you can also catch some of the area’s best surf.
As if the beaches and natural beauty weren’t enough, San Diego is home to some top-notch amusement parks. LEGOLAND California Resort is one of the most popular, while Belmont Park offers classic coasters and a picturesque beachfront setting. For wildlife, check out San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, or for animals of the marine variety, head to SeaWorld San Diego.
Colonized by the Spanish in 1542 and previously home to the Kumeyaay people, San Diego holds many fascinating landmarks. Start with the historic Balboa Park, featuring gorgeous Spanish architecture and plenty of attractions, or check out the city’s two historic missions. Elsewhere, the USS Midway Museum and the Hotel del Coronado always rank highly for top things to do in the city.
A visit to San Diego will give you the perfect look at the California lifestyle. Health-food hotspots and yoga studios aside, enjoying some outdoor activities is the best way to experience it yourself. Hiking and biking trails provide lovely views and a chance to take in the fresh air, while skydiving or paragliding give you a bird’s eye view of the bay. You’ll also find some of the country’s loveliest golf courses here, including famous Torrey Pines.