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.
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.
Balboa Park is not just any natural park. It is infamous for its urban cultural setting, offering over ten museums, gardens, performing arts venues, and a full schedule of entertainment for everyone. Balboa Park has non-stop classes, plays, recreation areas to play, dog parks, trails, and a gift shop just to name a few. Balboa entertains all ages, and it would take several days to see everything this park has to offer. It is also located just minutes from downtown for easy shopping and dining experiences for your convenience.
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
Cruise along Sunset Cliffs Boulevard in San Diego to experience hearing and feeling the waves crash against the jagged cliffs carved by the persistent waves. Parking areas can be found at several locations along the boulevard. A short walk or hike depending on what area you visit will lead you straight to the cliffs. Bring your camera to capture some of the most stunning sunsets. The view from the cliffs can get windy, so be prepared to bring a jacket or something to contain the chill. Don’t wait until evening or you may not be able to find a place to park, as the secret is out as to where to experience the beauty of a San Diego sunset.
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!