People flock to the sunny west coast for sand, sun, and fun. San Diego is California’s second largest city and offers fantastic restaurants and seafood, hotels along the beach, and famous attractions to experience. Drive along the coast and experience the beaches and the dangle your feet over the Sunset Cliffs, listening to the Pacific waves as they hit below. San Diego has mild year-round weather, perfect for vacation spots, weddings, and travel, not to mention so many sights and attractions to see! If you go to San Diego, be sure to check out these famous attractions on your visit.
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San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo is famous throughout the country as one of the most modern zoos to see. Wear some comfortable walking shoes as the zoo is large and you will be doing a lot of walking. Crowds are common during the busy summer, but come and see the huge variety of animals and you will understand why. San Diego offers a myriad of different animals to see. San Diego’s brisk, but mild weather may leave you wanting for a light jacket or sweater. The food vendors at the zoo are quite good, and you can grab lunch while you decide which wild animals to see next. This famous zoo offers tours, shows, 4-D theaters, and a Skyfari aerial tram that carries you up over the trees from one end of the zoo to the other. You may need more than one day to experience all the San Diego zoo has to offer.
USS Midway Museum
The USS Midway Museum is not just any museum; it is a Navy aircraft carrier! This floating museum is a sight to behold. A self-guided tour will let you wander the designated areas of the ship, and many reports spending several hours exploring and viewing all the historical exhibits. A new 90 seat theater is available to see the “Battle of Midway” movie which is included in your admission ticket. Hike up to the top and view the landing area of the ship and admire the restored aircraft that line the lot. A few select aircraft allow you to climb aboard and experience what it’s like to sit in the pilot’s seat. Check out the flight simulators to truly get the pilot’s experience, and take advantage of the fun interactive exhibits for all the visitors. The USS Midway is one of San Diego’s most popular attractions, and it’s not every day you get to explore an aircraft carrier.
Cabrillo National Monument
A sunset view of Cabrillo National Monument is breathtaking. Cabrillo National Monument is located at the end of the Point Loma Peninsula. Named after Juan Cabrillo, who was the first European to walk onto the West coast of the United States. A historic lighthouse stands proudly at the monument, and you can go in and explore the house, experiencing what it would have been like to be the person that inhabited it. Walking to one side, magnificent views of the San Diego’s Harbor and Coronado Island. Sailboats dance in the wind with the San Diego skyline as their background. The other side of the Peninsula proudly boasts a marvelous view of the Pacific Ocean, stretching as far as the eye can see. A statue of Cabrillo decorates the monument as he stands to watch over the peninsula. Cabrillo is a fantastic opportunity to explore a bit of America’s history and to enjoy the beautiful view of San Diego and the Pacific Ocean.
The Most Romantic Places in San Diego
San Diego is one of the most popular cities in California. With fantastic and fresh seafood, strolls along the beach, listening to the waves crash onto the shore and seeing some of the best sunsets in the U.S., it’s hard not to find a romantic place in this city. High-end resorts are scattered throughout the area, complete with high-end spas, award-winning cuisine and four and five-star amenities. Wineries are not far off, as well as Sea World, the famous San Diego Zoo and many other attractions in the area that are perfect for couples. What would you like to do? The possibilities are endless here on the west coast of sunny California.
La Jolla Cove, San Diego
LA Jolla Cove is a beautiful and natural cove, found on the beach. It is surrounded by cliffs and is also part of a protected marine reserve. LA Jolla Cove is also a great place to snorkel and swim, as plant life and marine life is abundant. Stroll along the sandy beach of the cove during sunrise or sunset for a romantic and quiet setting. Stand or sit from the top of the cliffs for unparalleled views and enjoy each other’s company as you listen to the water below you.
Balboa Park has all sorts of things to do and see and is a great place to see and do a bit of everything. Discover the museums and take time to see the displays or one of the dozens of attractions that you two can spend the day together seeing. Ride the carousel, see the Sefton Plaza, spend a day at the famous zoo nearby and visit the Spanish Village Art Center. The “Prado” area of the park is breathtaking, and many newlyweds choose to have their wedding portraits taken here. The hidden garden areas and detailed architecture of the buildings in the late afternoon with the sun shining on them look like a piece of heaven. The perfect romantic atmosphere you need after a day of visiting all the things to see in the park area.
The Bahia Belle is a lovely boat cruise that you and your partner can take on the glimmering waters of the Mission Bay. Hop aboard the Mississippi-style sternwheeler boat for a romantic journey around the bay. The night cruises have live entertainment and D.J.s complete with drinks and a good time. Entertainment usually starts at 7:00 p.m. and cocktail hours are 9:00p.pm to 1:30 a.m. Have a blast listening to music or take an earlier tour for some peace and for that romantic atmosphere.
Carriage Rides in Downtown
Do you want to make your girl feel like a princess? Schedule a carriage ride throughout the streets of the city to see the sights. There are several transport companies to choose from, and some are stunning white, like something out of a fairytale. Have a romantic dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants nearby, or simply snuggle up together while you enjoy the views and each other.
Bertrand at Mister A’s
Bertrand at Mister A’s is a fabulous restaurant just minutes from the downtown area. Not only is this a great place to eat, but the views are impressive! Leave your beach attire at home, as it will not be allowed inside the classy restaurant. Enjoy cuisine from a restaurant that was voted Diners Choice for 2016 while you and your partner gaze out of the wall of windows at views of the harbor, the skyline and city lights, Coronado, Point Loma, Balboa Park and even the zoo. You can see it all from here for a thoroughly enjoyable experience for two.
Hotel Del Coronado
Possibly the most famous hotel in the city is the Hotel Del Coronado. With a stark white Victorian architecture exterior and a beautiful red roof, the resort offers excellent beachside accommodations and service, perfect for a couple’s getaway. It is consistently ranked as one the best hotels in the U.S., so your time spent here will be simply amazing. Have a drink at one of the ocean view bars or schedule dinner at one of the restaurants overlooking the beach and ocean. This is Southern California’s only beachside resort, and it is a perfect setting for a romantic weekend or vacation.
The Sunset Cliffs
In the Point Loma community of the city, there is a street called Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Look for this road, and you will find the beautiful and natural sunset cliffs. The neighborhood is all residential, but the cliffs and areas have walking paths for romantic walks along the cliff line overlooking the ocean. Some of the trails neither are nor fully developed so use caution when walking. Feel and hear the waves crash against the cliff walls as you stroll along. There are a few places to park along the way so you can explore the lovely area. The cliffs are named appropriately as the sunsets from here are some of the best. Bring your camera and enjoy time together on the beautiful sunset cliffs.
San Diego is waiting for You
San Diego is a high-energy city with fun for the whole family. Not only are there amazing places to take pictures of the surrounding beauty, but there is a variety of places to eat and stay. Don’t forget to try the delicious seafood while you’re so close to the Pacific. Balboa Park and the San Diego zoo offer days of fun and entertainment.
The USS Midway proudly displays a glimpse into her past, as you get to explore a floating museum once occupied by some of the finest sailors and aircraft. The mild weather allows visitors to experience the city at any time during the year, making it a popular and exciting place to experience. Don’t miss out on San Diego and all it has to offer!