San Diego has a lot to offer visitors considering its proximity to the beautiful California coastline and some fabulous beaches and overall scenery.
It has a rich history and although it's close to Los Angeles, it has a much more laidback style. It happens to be the birthplace of California and is one of the first places where Europeans came ashore on the West coast.
There really is something for everyone to do in San Diego and here's a listing of 12 of them:
1. The Pacific Surfliner, depicted here, is one of the most scenic train rides in the United States that does 11 daily round trips from San Diego to LA along the beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline.
2. Beaches in San Diego are perfect for swimming, surfing, and lounging at while reading a good book. Some of the best ones include Pacific Beach, La Jolla Shores Beach, and Sunset Cliffs, to mention a few.
3. LEGOLAND California is a fun place to visit for the young and old. Who didn't play with LEGO when they were younger and here you can be creative with your entire family. They have movies, interactive rides, and, of course, there's also the ability to create your own LEGO designs!
4. Balboa Park is the United States largest urban cultural park with lots of trails, play areas for kids and even museums. Street performers are also there to entertain with music, acrobatics, and so much more!
5. San Diego Zoo occupies an area of 100 acres and has recently rebranded itself as the San Diego Wildlife Alliance with a major focus on protecting and preserving wildlife around the globe. They partner with nearly 200 conservation organizations including Save the Elephants, Polar Bears International, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Northern Rangelands Trust, to name a few.
6. Sea World San Diego has a rescue team that has taken in and cared for more than 17,000 animals over the last 50 years. Their goal is to rescue, rehabilitate and return animals to the wild giving them a second chance at life. They have marine life to see and fun rides too!
7. San Diego Bay Tours offers water-related activities on the harbor including jet boats, Hornblower cruises, speed boats and so much more.
8. San Diego Breweries are a great hit for those over 21 years of age and there are plenty to choose from in the area. In fact, there are almost 200 where you can find a new brew that you've never tried before.
9. San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park covers almost 6000 acres and contains rocky reefs, sand flats and kelp beds that you can explore. The water is calm and gentle enough to snorkel and swim with sea creatures in and around the sea caves.
10. Mission Bay is another great spot for water sports including boat rentals, paddle boarding, surf lessons and many other leisure activities. Trails are also available for walking and hiking and you can even set up camp over a weekend.
11. Annual San Diego Events are available throughout the year including things such as the San Diego County Fair, Comic-Con, concerts and there's also the Padres Major League Baseball season to consider attending. Keep in mind that it could be busier during these event timings though too.
12. The USS Midway Museum holds a lot of historic significance since it was the longest serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century. It's located at the Navy Pier weighing approximately 74,000 tons and measuring a massive 972 feet in length.
Even though there may be some newly added protocols in place for many of these venues, San Diego is getting back to business.
If and when you're ready to get back to traveling, call me and I can help you sort through everything to make your travel planning that much easier!