San Diego, California Attractions:
The city of San Diego, California is one of the nation’s most popular vacation destinations. This, the second largest of Californian cities, offers myriad entertainment, outdoor recreation, and cultural highlights for San Diego visitors to experience. For those making a first-time getaway to San Diego, CA the question really is- of all the compelling attractions this amazing southern Californian city has to offer, which ones really stand out as “must-sees”? That’s not an easy question to answer; which is a great excuse to returning to San Diego CA a second or third time! Listed below are some of the San Diego attractions that consistently rank as some of the most popular things to do/see in San Diego.
The first aspect that really stands out about San Diego CA is the natural beauty on display here. That being said, the first and greatest attraction of all is probably the natural scenery of the area. Of the many celebrated areas of the city, these are some of the most spectacular: Carlsbad Beach- featuring beautiful sandy beaches and tropical surf, Palomar Mountain State Park- showcasing dense forests, picnic and day-use areas as well as hiking, fishing and biking, Cabrillo National Monument- a famous site that offers amazing views of the San Diego skyline and the tall ships sailing on San Diego Bay. Balboa Park- a public playground and cultural center featuring green space and an impressive assortment of museums and the Old Globe Theatre.
Like other top Californian city escapes, San Diego offers numerous theme-park and recreation sites. One can hardly mention the prospect of a San Diego vacation without bringing up the famous SeaWorld marine park. SeaWorld showcases amazing sea creatures such as killer whales, dolphins, penguins and many more. To say that this is a popular San Diego attraction with families would be an understatement. SeaWorld also offers much more than animal shows. This marine park is also home to numerous interactive shows and attractions and features several seasonal, holiday celebrations throughout the year.
Speaking of family-friendly San Diego attractions, another top draw is the San Diego Zoo. More than 4,000 animals from all across the planet are on display at this world-class zoo that operates on 100 luscious landscaped acres of prime San Diego territory. One of the most popular ways to take in all that the San Diego Zoo has to offer is to take one of the narrated, double-decker bus tours. The aerial tram is another great way to make your way around the Zoo. Some of the Zoo’s most popular animal exhibits include the Polar Bear Plunge, Monkey Trails, and Tiger River. You also won’t want to miss the beautiful and extremely rare pandas on loan from China.
Once you’ve had a chance to explore some of these outstanding outdoor recreation attractions and sites you might want to stroll through some of San Diego’s many top shopping outlets and malls. Horton Plaza is an open air mall featuring several stories of stores (more than 1000 in all) and spectacular architectural styling. Gaslamp Quarter is a nearby San Diego district offering boutique and specialty stores, art galleries, coffee shops, restaurants and more. The Viejas Outlet Center is another great San Diego shopping destination. This San Diego attraction nestles top outlets stores such as Nike and Hilfiger within a scenic, Native American themed area.
As mentioned from the outset, San Diego CA is a city featuring many more top attractions than could possibly be mentioned here. A few more of San Diego’s most popular attractions include: Legoland California, San Diego Bay cruises and whale watching tours, Mission Beach and the Belmont Park rollercoaster, the San Diego Botanical gardens, the Old Town State Historic Park, and Fort Rosecrans. So come experience the beach, the beauty, the warm water, and the sunny skies of San Diego, California. A playground for young and old alike! San Diego is one of those vacation destinations that offers a little bit of everything for the area visitor to enjoy.
Speaking of sun, sand, and surf, many of San Diego’s most popular hotels are located right along the shore- offering premium lodging as well as the best access to what picturesque and exciting San Diego, California has to offer. With this San Diego CA Hotels Lodging site you can browse through our list of top area hotels and then book a San Diego hotel that perfectly matches the budget and expectations you have for your thrilling San Diego CA getaway. Come to think of it, with all that San Diego has to offer, you just might want to plan for two trips!
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