You are spoiled for choice when considering where to visit when traveling around the USA. Popular choices include New York and Los Angeles, although you could always choose somewhere off the beaten path, such as Detroit which offers a unique combination of experiences for tourists willing to travel there. Check out the previously linked article to learn more.
For the benefit of this article, we are discussing the city of San Diego, the so-called birthplace of California, and a place renowned for its laidback culture and warmer climes. There is much to do while you’re there so let’s take a look at some of the highlights you might want to add to your itinerary.
Spend time on one of San Diego’s beaches
San Diego is famous for its gold-sanded beaches so is the perfect place to go to if you’re looking for some r&r by the sea. Highlights include Pacific Bay if you want to break up your relaxation time with a spot of fishing, and South Mission Beach, which is always popular with surfers and beach volleyballers. With 70 miles of coastline you really are spoiled for choice, but for a closer look at what San Diego has to offer, check out this guide to some of the city’s best beaches.
Have an exciting adventure
Sitting by the sea all day is fine but if you’re craving some excitement, there is much for you to do. How about an adventure on the sea instead of sitting next to it? From the safety of a boat, this is something you can do with a Dolphin & Whale Watching Sunset Cruise San Diego adventure. Or what about a rollercoaster ride? There are all kinds of nailbiting rides at Belmont Park and SeaWorld. And have you ever considered hang gliding? Get a unique view of San Diego from above by visiting Torey Pines Gliderport, where beginners and experts alike can take to the skies. These are just a few of the exciting ways to spend time in San Diego, above and beyond the popular activity of surfing.
Learn something new
Sitting on the beach all day will hardly tax your brain cells (unless you are sitting with a Sudoku puzzle), so consider the many learning opportunities San Diego can offer you. The USS Midway Museum is a must if you’re interested in war and naval history, and if you want to learn more about San Diego’s early days, you owe it to yourself to visit San Diego Old Town, which is the site of the first European settlement in present-day California. Then there’s the San Diego Air & Space Museum, a great place to visit if you want something that will, almost literally, take you out of this world.
Enjoy the natural world
You will think you have stumbled on a real savanna if you visit San Diego Zoo Safari Park, featuring as it does giraffes, antelopes, gorillas, Sumatran tiger and more across its 1800 acres of vast terrain. Then there’s Birch Aquarium and the aforementioned SeaWorld if you’re a lover of all things underwater. There’s the aforementioned whale watching too, but if you’re after something smaller than those mighty mammals, San Diego also has a butterfly farm that is worth a visit. All of this plus the Oasis Camel Dairy and the California Wolf Center, two must-see destinations if you’re a fan of their animal inhabitants.
There is all of this and more in San Diego! So, enjoy the city’s famed beaches by all means but be sure to explore the rest of what this warm and welcoming city has to offer!