One of the bigger cities in California, San Diego is filled with activities and events. From visiting parks to exploring museums to learning about historical monuments to relaxing on hidden beaches and more, you’ll never run out of things to do. Travelers of all types will enjoy everything the city has to offer, but beware: Don’t be surprised if you don’t want to go home after your visit.
Active travelers and those who enjoy being outside will appreciate spending time in Balboa Park. This 1,200-acre park is filled with paths and trails for you to walk, run, bike, and hike around. There are also natural vegetation areas to explore, green belts, and gardens to photograph. If you don’t want to spend the day outside, there are many museums, theaters, gift shops, and even restaurants to explore. The San Diego Zoo is also housed in the park. No matter what you choose, you’ll enjoy your time in Balboa Park.
USS Midway Museum
This floating museum houses a huge collection of aircraft that were built in and around the area. The USS Midway was the country’s longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Over 200,000 sailors served on this carrier before it was turned into a museum in the mid 2000s. San Diego is the birthplace of naval aviation and the TOPGUN fighter school, so it is a fitting place to house the USS Midway. As you walk through the ship, you’ll be able to explore over 60 locations aboard.
Cabrillo National Monument
Commemorating the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay in 1542, this is the site where the first European expedition set foot on the West coast of the United States. The view from the park where the Cabrillo National Monument is located gives a great view of the city’s harbor and skyline. If you are traveling during clear weather, bring your camera because you’ll be able to catch a view of the Pacific Ocean, Tijuana, and even Mexico’s Coronado Islands.
This area is close to many good hotels in San Diego. Around the Cabrillo National Monument there are a lot of restaurants and shops to explore, too.
La Jolla Cove
Heading out to La Jolla Cove is a great idea for travelers who want to relax and spend a day at a secluded beach. The time spent here will not be wasted, especially if you bring a camera to capture the spectacular views of the sandstone cliffs. If you are into watersports, you’ll find La Jolla a good place for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. The marine life in this area is under ecological reserve, which means it will be plentiful for your enjoyment.
If you want a good tour of the area, try booking a tour of the city and La Jolla.
San Diego Air and Space Museum
Aviation and space lovers will enjoy the collections at the San Diego Air and Space Museum. The restoration facility on site produces new pieces to look at while the library has many aircraft books and historic photographs for those interested in looking into the history of the field.