San Diego has so much to offer visitors; it’s hard to know where to start. As home to hundreds of great hotels, world famous attractions, beautiful natural scenery and countless things to do, it can be overwhelming to plan a holiday in San Diego and try to fit everything in.
Make the most of your trip with this helpful itinerary from a lucky San Diego local who’s been there and done that in America’s Finest City.
San Diego Hotels I Recommend:
DoubleTree Downtown San Diego: To capture the true San Diego experience, there is no better hotel to book than the DoubleTree Hotel Downtown San Diego. Located in the heart of downtown and just a few blocks from the popular Gaslamp Quarter, the DoubleTree Hotel is a great choice for a convenient trip to San Diego. It’s nestled in the quaint downtown neighborhood of Little Italy filled with shops and restaurants, only a few minutes from the San Diego International Airport, a couple miles from the San Diego Harbor and other attractions like the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and Old town.
The US Grant Hotel: If you really want to be in the middle of all the downtown San Diego action, the US Grant is a great hotel to book. This historic San Diego hotel is located on the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter which is made up of 16 blocks of restaurants, shops and nightlife venues. The US Grant provides luxurious and stylish accommodations with an old-world feel and includes on-site amenities like a fitness center, spa services, restaurant and lounges. Built in 1910, the US Grant San Diego combines old-world charm with modern conveniences in the heart of San Diego for a hotel experience you don’t want to miss.
San Diego Attractions I Recommend:
Go San Diego Card: The best way to make the most of your stay in San Diego is with the Go San Diego Card from Smart Destinations. This card allows you to choose from 48 different attractions including the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and LEGOLAND California and put together a package for the ones you want to see most at a hugely discounted price. I would suggest spending a day at the Zoo (it’s called “World Famous” for a reason), checking out the Shamu Show at SeaWorld and taking a ride on the beachfront Giant Dipper wooden roller-coaster at Belmont Park.
San Diego Activities I Recommend:
Hornblower Cruises and Events: A dinner cruise with Hornblower Cruises and Events is an unforgettable San Diego experience. Visitors can enjoy a three course meal, live DJ and dancing aboard a Hornblower yacht during a 3-hour cruise of the San Diego Bay. The view of downtown from the water at night is absolutely breathtaking and it will set the scene for couples looking for a little romance in San Diego.
La Jolla Kayak Tour: The La Jolla Underwater Park is a stunning natural attraction in San Diego with seven sea caves, an abundance of sea life and beautiful coastal views. There is no better way to experience the area than gliding along the water’s surface in a tandem or single person kayak. It’s fun, it’s refreshing and it shows you a unique side of San Diego. San Diego Bike, Hike and Kayak Tours offers year round two-hour kayak tours of this area where guests can explore the sea caves, get up close and personal with sea lions and get a glimpse of the exciting underwater park with an educated guide.
This article was written by Carli Leavitt, the editor of SanDiego.com. Leavitt is a San Diego native with a wealth of knowledge about local attractions, hotels, beaches and nightlife venues in southern California.