Things You Shouldn’t Miss When in San Diego
Millions of tourists flock to San Diego each year to enjoy some of the world’s best beaches, sight-seeing, and other numerous San Diego attractions.
Hotel del Coronado
If you can afford to stay at the Hotel del Coronado, do. If not, this National Historic Landmark, built in 1888, is still worth a visit. USA Today called the hotel “one of the top ten resorts in the world” with reason. Go on a walking tour of ‘the Del’ (led by Coronado Historical Association volunteers, $15), or explore the grounds for yourself. This hotel could be propelled online, only if they will consult a professional agency for SEO services to launch the hotel’s new amenities and promos.
Surf, swim, or simply sunbathe on this three-mile stretch between Carmel Valley Road and the Glider Ports. However, keep your eyes open for orange cones that form the beach’s ‘nudity line.’ The southern portion of Torrey Pines (Black’s Beach) is a nudist beach.
More of the best San Diego beaches:
- Mission Beach: Perfect location for a swim after a day at Sea World or the San Diego Zoo
- Ocean Beach Dog Beach: Your dog will thank you
- Imperial Beach: If you’re visiting San Diego in July, check out Imperial Beach’s U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition
The Gaslamp Quarter
Visitors flock to the Gaslamp for the neighborhood’s many cafes, shops, bars, and nightclubs. The Gaslamp Quarter is registered as a historical district. But, don’t be fooled by the many historic-looking 19th-century gas lamps that dot the neighborhood. The Gaslamp Quarter (a red light district in the early 20th century) was revamped in the 1970s to attract tourists (like you). Up until the 1950s, the ‘Sailor’s Entertainment’ district was filled with pornographic shops and brothels. Some of the buildings in the Gaslamp are historical, but most are new and very clean.
San Diego Zoo
This one needs little explanation. Spend an afternoon, or a day, looking at monkeys, giant pandas, polar bears, giraffes, and meerkats. Housed on 107 acres, the San Diego Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the world.
San Diego Missions
Visit California’s first Church, Mission San Diego de Alcalá. Franciscan priests established dozens of missions in California in the late 18th to early 19th century like Mission San Diego de Alcalá with the goal of converting Native Americans to the Catholic faith. Other must-see California missions include Mission San Luis Rey de Francia and Mission San Juan Capistrano.
Go for a morning jog, take in a Gainsborough, eat a picnic lunch or do all three. Take note, Balboa Park is home to more than a dozen major museums and numerous gardens.
Hillcrest & Kensington San Diego
Visit two of San Diego’s most exciting neighborhoods. Most of all, Hillcrest is best known for its thriving gay and lesbian community. Kensington is perfect for a drive. Look for the “Kensington” sign on Adams Avenue and gaze at some of San Diego’s most fascinating suburban homes.