According to U.S. News, a trip here will prove there is little reason to leave the city while visiting. There is so much to do from the beaches to the cliffs that San Diego’s natural wonders are sure to provide excitement for days. Here are seven of the things that you must see while in San Diego.
1. Mission Beach
Mission Beach is one of the most popular beaches in San Diego, due to its proximity to nearby attractions. This 2-mile beach is a popular spot for San Diego locals, which brings visitors into the authentic scene of the city. Also, seals happen to frequent this beach, so there is often some wildlife to see. An the northern edge of Mission Beach is a landmark feature, the Giant Dipper rollercoaster. Luckily for daytime visitors, there are many places along the boardwalk to grab lunch.
2. Gaslamp Quarter
Gaslamp Quarter is filled with Victorian-style buildings that house a variety of restaurants, shops, and art galleries. This area includes some of the city’s most popular nightlife destinations. The Horton Plaza is a great place to start in the Gaslamp Quarter, as it is an outdoor shopping center. The side streets home beautiful architecture and there is even a trolley available for an Old Town tour.
3. Coronado Island
Just across the Coronado Bridge lies a beautiful place to see the downtown San Diego skyline. The Huffington Post claims Coronado Island to be a small town within a big city due to the local boutique shops, historical hotels, restaurants and cafes.
4. San Diego Zoo
This zoo is one of the most famous in the country, widely known for its large natural habitats. There are almost 4,000 different species within the walls of the San Diego zoo, and space to house them all. This expansive zoo gives hours of fun with everything it offers. The trails and pathways lead visitors throughout the zoo alongside wildlife, so there is always something exciting to see.
5. Balboa Park
This park is the centerpiece of the city’s culture. Located right in the heart of downtown, Balboa Park is a sought after place for a walk, bike ride or picnic. The park has many gardens and beautiful Spanish-Renaissance architecture. Because this is such an attraction for the locals, there is a lot of people watching to be done. This iconic park is a must-see due to its authenticity.
6. USS Midway Museum
The USS Midway Museum shows visitors what life is like atop a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. Aboard this 20th century aircraft carrier, there are 60 different exhibits. The self-guided audio tour lets people move at their desired pace. Some of the top attractions on this tour are the crew’s sleeping quarters, the ship’s jail, the engine room, and the flight control room. Docents are also present on board the ship to provide extra information for guests. Two flight simulators are also included in the museum, which is a great added touch to the excitement.
7. Torrey Pines
This natural reserve consists of 1700 acres of numerous types of plant life, but it is particularly known to house the Torrey Pine. The Torrey Pine is one of America’s most rare pine trees. This beautiful and well known area is great for a day full of hiking and bird-watching. Eight miles of trails are available for visitors. Scenic hikes go through cliffs overlooking the Pacific. There are also two secluded shorelines for swimming opportunities.