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If there’s one thing we know, it’s food! San Diego is a culinary hotspot known for its fresh seafood, Mexican influences and support of local farms. With so many dining options and an arsenal of award-winning chefs in the city, San Diego has become a playground for food lovers and the culinary curious alike.
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See San Diego Attractions
San Diego isn’t just stomping grounds for chefs and sommeliers. From its beautiful coastline and radiant beaches to its historic museums and parks, San Diego has so much to offer!
In San Diego, the beach is a way of life, a source of pride and joy, a defining influence in people's lives. For some, the mere memory of a mid-summer sunset melting into the Pacific is reward enough. Others have a more intimate relationship with the sea: surfing and sailing, biking and running, swimming and diving along San Diego's many coastal beaches and bays. Whether you're a first-time visitor or life-long resident, we encourage you to enjoy the beach for a memorable and carefree time. For more information click here.
As the largest urban cultural park in North America and one of San Diego's popular tourist attractions, Balboa Park contains 16 museums, 16 gardens and eight attractions and venues. It also hosts over 85 cultural and recreational organizations here, including fifteen museums and various performing arts groups, like the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre and the world-famous Old Globe Theatre, which presents at least 14 productions and 550 performances a year. Covering a vast 1,200 acres, Balboa Park is minutes away from downtown San Diego. For more information click here.
Known as the birthplace of California, Old Town San Diego teems with a lively, authentic atmosphere, not to mention great Mexican food and souvenirs. Visitors who come to Old Town to see the sights often make a day of it when they discover the wonderful shops and excellent restaurants in Bazaar Del Mundo. Old Town San Diego is also a departure point for the Old Town Trolley Tours, which offers a fun, often humorous, sightseeing tour of San Diego. And, be sure not to miss the Whaley House, which tops Travel Channel's American's Most Haunted list. For more information click here.
As San Diego's premier shopping, dining and nightlife destination, the Gaslamp Quarter is home to the region’s most diverse restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues. With over 100 restaurants and entertainment venues and more than 100 boutiques, spas and salons, fine art galleries and artisan shops, the Gaslamp Quarter offers countless opportunities to indulge, entertain and amuse even the most discerning visitor. The district’s 90+ historic buildings creates the breathtaking backdrop for a stroll through Downtown San Diego, or for the GQA's annual special events throughout the year, including Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp, Taste of Gaslamp, Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase, Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware and the Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp March.
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One of the best and most popular ways to explore the wonders of the sea in San Diego is at SeaWorld. Home of Shamu the orca, SeaWorld has become as synonymous and iconic as San Diego itself. Fun for families and children of all ages, a day spent at SeaWorld is guaranteed to be filled with fun, learning, thrills, chills and much more. From exhilarating rollercoaster rides, inspiring and lively animal shows, up-close encounters with sea animals, and interactive and educational exhibits throughout the park, there is plenty to see and do each time you visit. For more information click here.
San Diego Zoo
Beloved by San Diegans and tourists alike, the World-Famous San Diego Zoo is a sanctuary for over 4,000 rare and endangered animals and a collection of rare plants from all climates. It is more than just a zoo, as it is also a sanctuary for thousands of animals, a landscape of rare plants from all climates and a living classroom that entertains as well as educates. The new 7.5-acre multispecies habitat features elephants, California condors, jaguars and more and offers guests insight about the Zoo’s conservation efforts to protect wildlife from becoming extinct like the mammoth and saber-toothed cat. For more information click here.
With its beautiful weather, stunning beaches, and legendary views, San Diego is the ideal place for golfers of all skill levels to visit. When people think of San Diego and golf, there is a high probability Torrey Pines comes to mind. As one of the most renowned golf courses in the country, golfers travel from all over to play at this lush course. However, golfers who travel more inland or closer to downtown will find an array of additional lush and challenging courses. Waterfront courses, such as the Coronado Golf Course offer a different experience than many courses, with unparalleled views of the San Diego skyline. Maderas Golf Club in Poway, although not near the ocean, is surrounded by a beautiful desert landscape and has over five waterfalls and three lakes to hit around. .
The old military complex turned trendy hangout is the perfect San Diego venue to get lost in. Not only are there sit down restaurants for you and your family and friends to enjoy, but also the Liberty Public Market, where you can try a variety of tasty treats. With over 25 artisan food vendors from local food joints, you really can’t go wrong. Whether you’re craving homemade pasta, fresh empanadas, or a delicious lobster roll, this spot has it all. You can enjoy your food and drinks walking around, or at one of the many restaurants. Liberty Station continues to expand and make changes to showcase the historic Naval hub, while creating new experiences and events for the community to enjoy.
USS Midway Museum
Experience an unforgettable adventure aboard the U.S.S. Midway, one of America’s longest-serving aircraft carriers and now a San Diego tourist attraction. You’ll feel a powerful surge of patriotism and pride for America’s military history as you walk in the footsteps of 225,000 Midway sailors who served our country and upheld American ideals of strength, freedom and peace. Families and friends can spend the day exploring more than 60 exhibits, including 25 restored aircrafts. The self-guided audio tour, narrated by Midway sailors, brings the carrier's history to life. And those who want to test out their Top Gun skills can take to the sky in one of the three flight simulators on board the ship. Whether you want to celebrate America’s rich and proud military history, honor the sailors that have gone through San Diego’s port, or experience an adventure like no other, the U.S.S. Midway Museum offers excitement, nostalgia, patriotic pride and amazement. For more information click here.
The Big Bay® - San Diego Bay
Pick your day on San Diego Bay. When you want family fun, delicious dining, world-class accommodations and awesome attractions, the Big Bay® has it all. The natural beauty of San Diego's waterfront welcomes you with spectacular views, sparkling waters and romantic sunsets along 34 miles of scenic waterfront dotted with restaurants, shops, hotels, attractions, parks and marinas that reside in seven distinct areas. Each lends unique ingredients to the overall flavor and character of the waterfront on the Big Bay with something for every taste and budget. The Big Bay promises entertainment and adventure for the entire family from Point Loma, along Harbor Drive, across the Bay to Coronado, south to the shores of National City, Chula Vista and Imperial Beach. When you visit any of the seven areas that are part of San Diego's Waterfront, you'll be sure to say, "This is a good day." For more information click here.
Shop San Diego
From luxury boutiques in La Jolla to outdoor shopping malls such as Fashion Valley Mall, San Diego is the perfect place for retail therapy with something for every shopping style.
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Point Loma and Ocean Beach
Just west of San Diego's International Airport is the historical seaside communities of Point Loma and Ocean Beach. Here you will find opportunities for women and men's fashions, accessories, jewelry, retro/vintage specialty shops, specialty fly-fishing/sailing ensembles, stylish re-sale shops, swimwear, surf/skate wear, home goods, antiques and art.
Fashion Valley and Mission Valley
What makes this area unique is the convenience of a concentrated area of shopping at both Mission and Fashion Valley shopping centers as well as outlet shops, such as Off 5th Saks, Nordstrom Rack and Loehmann's. The Fashion Valley Shopping Center offers over 200 stores, including luxury shopping. Flagship stores at Fashion Valley are Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Macy's and JCPenney's. Just across the way is Mission Valley Shopping Center providing a selection of over 130 stores at your disposal. Flagship stores at Mission Valley are Macy's, Loehmann's and Nordstrom Rack.
La Jolla's sophisticated coastal community is just a few miles north of San Diego's international airport. This seaside scenic area offers an array of choices for women and men's fashions, children's, pet fashions, shoes, swimwear/beachwear, accessories, jewelry, antiques, upscale re-sale shops, home goods, interiors, furniture and art. The UTC Shopping Center is located here with 120 stores to take advantage of. Flagship stores at UTC are Nordstrom, Macy's and Sears.
Little Italy and Downtown
Travel a few blocks east from the airport to experience the thriving urban destinations of Little Italy and Downtown. These areas offer either a vibrant downtown experience or a smaller quaint neighborhood appeal; both offering exceptional boutique shopping for women and men's fashions, children's, shoes, accessories, jewelry, art, home goods, antiques, interiors and furniture. This is also where you will find just one of the many outdoor shopping centers, Horton Plaza, offering over 130 stores at your fingertips. Flagship stores at Horton Plaza are Macy's and Nordstrom.
Visit Seaport Village during the weekends for free entertainment and hours of leisurely strolling and window-shopping. Located downtown, guests can walk along the bay-front or sit in the grass and gaze at passing yachts and ships along San Diego Bay.
Hillcrest and Mission Hills
Just a hop, skip and a jump northeast of the airport is the energetic and charming neighborhoods of Hillcrest and Mission Hills. Shopping is at your fingertips for both women and men's fashions, children's, pet fashions, shoes, accessories, retro/vintage specialty shops, jewelry, novelty, home goods, antiques and furniture.
North Park and South Park
Experience the hip local scene in the North Park and South Park neighborhoods just a few miles northeast of the airport. This diversified area offers unique boutique options for women and men's fashions, children's, pet fashions, retro/vintage specialty shops, eco-friendly fashions, accessories, jewelry, furniture, home goods, antiques and art.
Pacific Beach and Mission Beach
Just a little bit straight north of the airport are the relaxing beach communities of Pacific Beach and Mission Beach. These beach living areas provide many options for swimwear/beachwear fashions, women and men's casual fashions, shoes, action sportswear, retro/vintage specialty shops, antiques and stylish re-sale shops.
North County offers everything from expansive outlet malls to small boutiques. Shopping at outlets like Carlsbad Premium Outlets is practically a sport here, with famous names selling shoes, clothing, housewares and jewelry at huge discounts. The Cedros Design District in Solana Beach is devoted to displaying exceptional finds for the home, from exotic wood furnishings to unique garden displays. At University Town Center, you can easily spend a day ice skating around an indoor rink and strolling past courtyards and cafes.
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