San Diego often seems to play second fiddle to Los Angeles when it comes to coastal Southern California cities, but San Diego makes up for its smaller size with beautiful beaches and laid-back charm that sets it apart from its brasher cousin to the north. Besides the endless coastline and pristine beaches in Pacific Beach, La Jolla, and Del Mar, ... Read more
San Diego offers a vibrant culture and nightlife as well. If chilling out on the water without getting wet sounds like your idea of a good time, then a harbor cruise might do, but watch out for the Navy’s warships that call San Diego their home port. Hit the trendy food scene, which takes from its southern neighbor. Go in for some homemade tortillas and margaritas at Old Town, a historically preserved village that was once a mainstay for Mexican settlers. Explore the history and culture of beautiful Balboa Park, where you can tour numerous well-regarded museums, catch live music shows in the stunning Organ Pavilion, or meander through internationally-themed villages. With a wide variety of restaurants, bars and clubs, and authentic speakeasies, the re-born Gaslamp Quarter offers travelers a hipper place to go at night.

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San Diego things to do and experiences

  • San Diego Zoo
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  • Balboa Park
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  • Gaslamp Quarter
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  • Old Town Place
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  • 9.3
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I lived in San Diego for a couple of years. It was one of my favorite places. There's something for everyone and everyone is friendly and nice.

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San Diego is a lot of fun and has a lot to do in the area. A rental car would be great to easily get around and so you can go to the beach with ease but beach parking is always a pain so keep that in mind. You can also use the car to take the 2 hour drive up to Disneyland. Use the Disneyland calendar (Is It Packed?) To pick days of the week to go when it's smooth and there are way less crowds!

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So many amazing hikes, national parks, well known outdoors sports/campsites that make it perfect for outdoor adventures

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I would recommend the Oceanside Pier, it’s an amazing view and tons of activities to do by the beach. Just walking on the sidewalk, there is much to see, even open houses to view.

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Burbank, California, USA

I am here once a year for Comic Con and love being down in San Diego for that weekend. The Gaslamp section is fun and exciting and trendy.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Great place to sail from and awesome nightlife. If you like men in the service.

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Clarksville, Tennessee, USA

All I can say is double wow and double the fun here. You can see it all here.

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London, UK

Beautiful city in Southern California close to the border with Mexico. We were there in March which is the loveliest time of year. Incredible weather. The harbour area and zoo are not to be missed. Bit suburban otherwise.

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This is just a beautiful place! I love the hiking, ocean, sand, beaches! It's a great place to take the family or if you're single the nightlife is wonderful!

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