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What’s not to love about San Diego? This breezy and balmy Southern California city boasts 70 miles of coastline, scenic views of the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay, world-class museums, and… over 100 days of sunshine a year! Whether you’re visiting "America's Finest City" by yourself or with family, you’ll want to soak up the sun on the local beaches, have wild encounters with adorable animals at the famous San Diego Zoo, snoop around the Maritime Museum of San Diego, and walk along the scenic paths of Balboa Park.

Getting there

The city is served by the San Diego International Airport, which handles primarily domestic traffic, and a few nonstop international flights to Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. To go from the airport to the city center of San Diego, travelers can opt for either taking a taxi, courtesy shuttles to participating San Diego-area hotels, or hop on the City Bus Route 992 to the Broadway and Kettner Blvd bus stop.

Places to visit

Best Things To Do In 24 Hours In San Diego

Old Town San Diego: No matter what your plans are, a self-guided tour through Old Town is an unparalleled way to absorb the city’s energy. This lovely neighborhood makes the site of the first Spanish settlement on the West Coast and boasts 230 acres of 19th-century historic buildings, lively Mexican restaurants, and colorful shops.

Balboa Park: Regarded as the cultural heart of San Diego, Balboa Park is a sight to behold. This 1,200-acre National Historic Landmark houses 17 museums, including the stellar Museum of Man, stunning nature trails, and one of the world's largest outdoor pipe organs!

La Jolla: This vibrant seaside area is a great place for some unscheduled wandering on a sunny day. Visit La Jolla Cove, a picturesque beach Nestled between sandstone cliffs, La Jolla Shores, a 1-mile long beach with gentle waves, and La Jolla tide pools.

San Diego Harbor: A bustling Southern California harbor featuring the most breathtaking views of San Diego bay.

Gaslamp Quarter: Located in Downtown San Diego, this vibrant neighborhood boasts hype cafes and restaurants, trendy shops, sleek rooftops, and pubs.

Things To Do In One Week In San Diego

San Diego's Museums: San Diego is as much about idyllic beaches as it is about high-level museums. San Diego's most popular museums are the Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to the world's oldest active sailing ship (Star of India), the San Diego Natural History Museum Natural History, Museum of Man, and the San Diego Museum of Art.

San Diego Coronado Island: While visiting this refreshing resort city in San Diego Bay, you'll want to soak up the sun at Coronado Beach and visit Hotel del Coronado, California's most iconic beach resort.

Point Loma: The seaside community of Point Loma is a prime pick for active and outdoorsy adventures. There, visit the Cabrillo National Monument, a park filled with nature trails and tide pools, and home to the historic Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

Basilica San Diego de Alcalá: Founded in 1769, Basilica San Diego de Alcalá is a site filled with history, as it was California's first mission. The church was made a Minor Basilica in 1976 by Pope Paull V.

Pacific Beach: This bustling neighborhood is one of the top attractions in San Diego thanks to its teeming nightlife scene. A great pick for a drink with views of the swirling Pacific Ocean!

PETCO Park: Nestled in Downtown San Diego, PETCO Park is one of the top San Diego attractions for sports enthusiasts. This magnificent baseball stadium — a National Historic Landmark —is home to the San Diego Padres, offering sweeping views of the San Diego Bay and the city's skyline.

Del Mar Villages: A sparkling seaside village known for its award-winning eateries and pristine beaches. One of the most sought-after attractions in San Diego.

Seaport Village: When you're ready for some shopping spree, head over to Seaport Village, a gorgeous waterfront complex dotted with more than 70 shops, galleries, and restaurants.

San Diego Whale Watching Cruise: San Diego is one of the top destinations for year-round whale watching. For the precious opportunity to spot four species of dolphins, whales, sea lions, and sea birds, go for a half-day cruise departing from Harbor Drive.

Best time to visit

Thanks to its year-round pleasant weather, San Diego is one of Southern California's most saugh after getaways. For warm temperatures, more affordable prices, and fewer crowds, visit the city in March, April, September, and October. With temperatures peaking at around 25ºC these months are perfect for a harbor cruise, blue whale watching, duck boat tours, sunbathing in Coronado Beach, and enjoying all the marvels that San Diego offers.

Events & Festivals

Mardi Gras (February): Loud and colorful carnival parades, plenty of outdoor parties, and several food stalls invade the streets of Gaslamp Quarter during San Diego's thrilling Mardi Gras festival.

Comic-Con International (July): Taking place annually in San Diego, Comic-Con Internation is the world's largest comic book convention. The event features some stellar celebrity guests, autograph sessions, and even a children's film festival.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights (December): Some 80 glittering boats parade down the shore of San Diego Bay while being watched by more than 100,000 locals and visitors.


Ambrogio15: This Little Italy restaurant is the perfect spot in San Diego for trying a Milano-style gourmet pizza, known for its paper-thin crust and mouthwatering toppings.

Las Cuatro Milpas: Whenever you're craving some authentic Mexican food, head over to Las Cuatro Milpas for the best tacos and burritos in San Diego.

The Mission Cafe: Stop by this downtown San Diego restaurant to start your day with fluffy and stacked high pancakes and some hearty breakfast burritos.

The Fish Market: Hungry after a scenic harbor cruise? Then this seafront eatery is perfect for some king crab legs and a glass of prosecco with a view!

Wayfarer Bread & Pastry: Cozy and welcoming bakery in La Jolla offering some delicious artisan bread and all kinds of pastries — from almond croissants to strawberry scones.

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park: One of San Diego's top family-friendly attractions, San Diego Zoo Safari Park is home to a medley of fascinating creatures. Get ready for close encounters with African elephants, koalas, and more!

San Diego Zoo: Located in Balboa Park, the world-famous San Diego Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the USA. Some of the animals you'll meet there include Arctic foxes, leopards, bonobos, and even Chinese alligators!

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park: Stretching along the western shoreline of Point Loma, Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is filled with cliff formations and caves, and it's a popular place in San Diego for enjoying views of the ocean.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve: Mighty Torrey Pines State Beach is a 1,500 acres stretch of land in La Jolla, featuring animals, threatened plants, unique geological formations. Take a self-guided tour of Torrey Pines for a recharging day around nature!

Belmont Park: Gloriously located in San Diego Mission Bay, this beachfront amusement park is home to some pulse-pounding rides for the entire family, including the historic Giant Dipper roller coaster, and a beach blaster.

USS Midway Museum: The family-friendly USS Midway Museum happens to be one of the most popular San Diego attractions. Placed at Navy Pier, the museum is home to an array of aircraft, including the historic USS Midway Aircraft Carrier.