What to see in San Diego

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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  • Top ten things to see in San Diego
  • Your holiday is two clicks away from here!
  • Book your hotel!
  • San Diego in 2 days: all the best of California in one city
  • Day 1
  • Day 2

San Diego is one of those so-called border towns, which is located a few miles from Mexico and, as such, it partially grafted its own American culture with its Latin one. Located right in front of the bay of the same name, this city enjoys a privileged climate which allows every season to be the good one to visit it.

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Top ten things to see in San Diego

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La Jolla

San Diego area that offers wonderful spectacles of nature, such as canyons, hills and suggestive cliffs.

Balboa Park

Enchanting park that contains several museums and offers various attractions.

Coronado Bridge

It is the most impressive bridge in the United States, from which it is possible to enjoy an exceptional panorama.

Little Italy

Little Italy is the Spanish neighborhood, very characteristic and full of bars and restaurants.

Bazaar of the World

Very lively area located in Old Town, characterized by a typical Mexican atmosphere.

Old Town

San Diego's Historic District, home to some of the oldest Victorian homes in the city.

Torrey pines

Beautiful nature reserve that offers beautiful wild landscapes.

Sea World

Sea World is the city's water park that offers many attractions even in the company of animals.

Gaslamp Quarter

Nerve center of downtown San Diego, as well as the historic and artistic center ...

Air & Space Museum

Interesting aviation museum, with the possibility of using realistic flight simulators.

Coronado Island

It allows you to enjoy spectacular sunsets and sunrises and is an unmissable place for those who love the sea and the beach.

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is home to thousands of animals, spread over an area of ​​40 hectares within Balboa Park.

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San Diego in 2 days: all the best of California in one city

San Diego, California's second largest city after Los Angeles, offers its visitors dream beaches, postcard landscapes and beautiful natural parks. Don't think that's all there is to it, though! Art, history and culture, in fact, are intertwined with its external beauty. If you want to know the true essence of Southern California, San Diego is a great place to start. In this 2 days itinerary I will take you to discover all that this wonderful city has to offer.

Before starting

Before we begin, however, I want to give you some advice on the ways you have to move from one part of the city to another. I tell you right away that the best way to get around San Diego is thecars. If this city is just a stop on a road trip to the United States, then your rental car will be a valuable ally. If, on the other hand, you have not yet rented a car, know that renting one for a couple of days costs approximately 30/35 dollars a day. Whether it is worth renting one or not, you have to decide for yourself, also based on your budget. Now let's move on to public transport, which are managed by the Metropolitan Transit System. To move in the area of downtown, the most suitable means is the tram, the so-called trolley, which serves three lines:
  • la blue line runs from the Mexican border to downtown and Old Town;
  • la orange line connects downtown with the east of the city, passing through Lemon Grove and El Cajon;
  • la green Line starts in Old Town, and passes through Mission Valley, San Diego State University and Santee.
To move to the outermost areas, however, it is better to use the bus. A ride on the trolley costs $ 2,50, while a bus ride costs $ 2,25. If you plan to use public transport mainly, you can buy a pass. Day passes ($ 5,00) cost $ 7,00 if they are not loaded on Compass Card, which costs only $ 2,00 and is valid for 5 years. All types of passes can be loaded onto the Card, including this one for 2 days, which costs $ 9,00. Alternatively, you can buy a ticket for a Hop - On, Hop - Off Tour, which will allow you to get on and off the bus whenever you want for a single ticket, and stops in front of all the most interesting attractions in the city. Speaking of attractions! If you are planning to see quite a few and you want save something, you can buy the Go San Diego Card, which allows you to see as many attractions as possible by paying a rate that varies according to the number of days for which you buy it.

Day 1

Cabrillo National Monument- Balboa Park (San Diego Air and Space Museum , Japanese Friendship Garden). San Diego Zoo and Safari Park – Coronado Beach – Gaslamp Quarter
Balboa Park
As we will discover during these two exciting days of travel, San Diego is not only made up of beaches, but has a lot to offer to those who decide to visit it. Our first day in the city begins with one of its symbols, the Cabrillo national monument, the monument dedicated to Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who is considered the first European to have set foot on the west coast of the United States (1542). Nearby we will also be able to see the beautiful lighthouse Old Point Loma Lighthouse. After admiring the beauties of this area of ​​the city, we move towards the second stage of the day: Balboa Park. This park, a wonderful green lung in the heart of San Diego, is home to more than 15 museums and numerous gardens. This attraction alone would be worth a full day visit. We, however, have little time to see it all, and we will limit ourselves to visiting two of its most beautiful areas: the San Diego Air and Space Museum, the museum dedicated to aeronautics and space travel and the Japanese friendship garden. After a good lunch, we move to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, which we will enjoy exploring in the afternoon. Also in this case, we are faced with a very large place, which we will hardly be able to explore from top to bottom. Fortunately, there is one inside the zoo shuttle, which allows you to see all the most interesting areas of the park more quickly. During our visit we will be able to admire the Giant Pandas, Bald Eagles, Snow Leopards, alligators and many other animal species. In the evening we move to Coronado Beach, to enjoy the last rays of the sun, before reaching the characteristic Gaslamp Quarter, one of the historic neighborhoods of San Diego, with its buildings in Victorian style and its amazing nightlife. The Gaslamp Quarter is the right place to shop, dine and attend musical and theatrical performances.

Day 2

La Jolla Cove – Birch Aquarium – Uss Midway Museum – Sunset Cliffs
sunset cliffs
Alternative itinerary: Coronado Beach - Old Town Market - Sea World San Diego - Sunset Cliffs Ready to find out what the second day of our day has in store 2 day itinerary in San Diego?! As you can see, for this day there are two itinerary proposals: it's up to you to choose the one you prefer! We start our day at the beach; and precisely on the beach of La jolla cove, one of the most picturesque beaches in San Diego. Here a fantastic snorkeling session awaits us. After having admired the seabed up close, we move towards the Birch Aquarium, to learn more about the inhabitants of the ocean and its waters. In the afternoon we will move again in the vicinity of the Gaslamp Quarter, to visit theUSS Midway Museum, where we will be amazed by the grandeur of the now decommissioned US Navy aircraft carrier USS Midway and its planes. The museum area also includes a number of historic and famous ships. Towards evening, we move towards Sunset Cliffs, to admire the beauty of the cliffs overlooking the sea illuminated by the light of the sunset. Once evening falls, we embark on the return journey to the city, to spend the last evening before departure in the beautiful neighborhood of Little Italy, having dinner in one of its fabulous restaurants. The second itinerary proposal for this last day of travel begins with the joy and fun of Sea World San Diego, the fantastic Californian amusement park dedicated to the marine world. We will spend a good part of our day here, before moving on to Sunset Cliffs, where we can enjoy the sun, the sea, the breathtaking view and admire the cliffs while they are illuminated by the light of the sunset. As in the previous proposal, also in this itinerary we will spend the evening in the beautiful Little Italy neighborhood, enjoying an excellent dinner in one of its many restaurants. Did you enjoy this 2-day San Diego tour? So what are you waiting for to leave ?!
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