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San Diego
Travel Guide

San Diego

On the sun-drenched Pacific coast, this Southern California city provides great beaches, a famous zoo, historic sites and exciting nightlife.

San Diego is one of the most populated U.S. cities, but its laid-back lifestyle and pleasant open spaces give it a crowd-free feel. Bring the family to enjoy zoos, parks and beaches or have a romantic vacation with winery tours, great food and cultural evenings.

In Balboa Park near downtown, the famous San Diego Zoo has giant pandas, koalas and more than 3,500 animals in natural habitats, as well as 700,000 exotic plants. See more wild animals or even spend the night at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park north of the city. Enjoy marine animals and rides at SeaWorld®.

Along the ocean northwest of downtown is La Jolla. Hike past craggy trees in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and watch for whales beyond the shoreline. Play at the renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course or visit the beaches along this peninsula to swim and watch sea lions.

In San Diego Bay, tour the USS Midway Museum, a retired aircraft carrier with 29 planes from World War II to Desert Storm as well as exciting flight simulators. A few blocks north is the Maritime Museum of San Diego, with restored tall ships from the days of early explorers.

San Diego has more than 70 miles (110 kilometers) of beaches for snorkeling, swimming, surfing and watersports. Enjoy the sands of Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and Windansea Beach.

The city has abundant cultural attractions including more than 15 museums and performance venues in Balboa Park. Attend first-run and popular touring plays at La Jolla Playhouse.

Visit the Gaslamp Quarter to view historic Victorian homes and sample San Diego’s fine dining and exciting nightlife. See a professional baseball game at Petco Park or let the kids enjoy interactive exhibits at the New Children’s Museum.

Fly into San Diego International Airport or drive along the scenic coastal highway and stop to view the Pacific Ocean. Visit some of the county’s 100 wineries. End your days with sunsets at Cabrillo National Monument or La Jolla Cove.

Where to stay in San Diego

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
4 out of 5
1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
The price is CA $148 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
Located in Downtown San Diego, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of USS Midway Museum and Balboa Park. San Diego Convention Center and San Diego Zoo are also ...
4/5Very Good! (3,347 reviews)
"Perfect hotel for my adult daughters and I. I loved that the hotel was located directly across the street from the pier. Walked directly across the street daily for breakfast and enjoyed the beautiful view. Great restaurant were located across the street also."

Reviewed on Apr. 13, 2021

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
4 out of 5
1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $202 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Located in Downtown San Diego, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seaport Village, San Diego Convention Center, and USS Midway Museum. Port of ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,796 reviews)
"It was clean and I felt safe. I didn't care for the resort fees which were added to the nightly stay cost and they were significant in my opinion."

Reviewed on Apr. 15, 2021

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA
The price is CA $262 per night from May 2 to May 3
Located in San Diego, this beachfront resort is in a regional park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mission Bay, Mission Beach, and Belmont Park. Dog Beach and Pacific ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,190 reviews)
"Really looks like a Hawaiian resort! Loved we can park in front of each unit"

Reviewed on Apr. 15, 2021

Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sonesta ES Suites San Diego - Sorrento Mesa
Sonesta ES Suites San Diego - Sorrento Mesa
3 out of 5
6639 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA
The price is CA $161 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Located in Sorrento Valley, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Westfield UTC, Torrey Pines State Reserve, and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Torrey ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (658 reviews)
"The parking area was a limited due to the fleet of vans stored in the parking lot."

Reviewed on Apr. 9, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites San Diego - Sorrento Mesa
Sonesta ES Suites San Diego - Rancho Bernardo
Sonesta ES Suites San Diego - Rancho Bernardo
3 out of 5
11855 Avenue Of Industry, San Diego, CA
The price is CA $149 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17
Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Carmel Mountain Plaza and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Carmel Mountain Ranch Golf Course. Old Poway ...
4.3/5Excellent! (468 reviews)
"This was a great place to stay--very clean, quiet, convenient, and the staff was helpful and friendly. Would stay here again."

Reviewed on Apr. 5, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites San Diego - Rancho Bernardo
TownePlace Suites by Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station
TownePlace Suites by Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station
2.5 out of 5
2311 Lee Court, San Diego, CA
The price is CA $201 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Situated in San Diego, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from NTC Promenade and within 3 mi (5 km) of Marine Corps Recruit Depot and Harbor Island. Old Town San ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (187 reviews)
"The staff is super friendly and helpful. Check in is super smooth and the parking is easy."

Reviewed on Apr. 15, 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of San Diego

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Apr 4, 2020

This is a beautiful area to visit. I would love to explore more, but had so little time.

5/5 - Excellent

Kelly

Mar 25, 2020

San Diego was-- a real hidden gem for us -- we didn't know what to expect, but we loved the city and it's people!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 21, 2020

I love San Diego too bad it was raining and we couldn't go diving

5/5 - Excellent

Tina

Mar 20, 2020

San Diego is absolutely beautiful the mission beach boardwalk was our favourite

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 19, 2020

Stay classy San Diego !

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 14, 2020

Can’t wait to return!

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