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San Diego Travel Guide

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SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld is one of the world’s largest marine-life amusement parks, and is a popular family destination. The highlights are the large-arena...


San Diego's Best Beaches

In San Diego you’re never far from a coastal breeze, the sting of saltwater on your face, or the feeling of soft sand squishing between your...


La Jolla's Beaches and Beyond

La Jolla (pronounced La Hoya) means "the jewel" in Spanish and appropriately describes this small, affluent village and its beaches. Some beautiful...


San Diego Today

Although most visitors know little about San Diego beyond its fun-in-the-sun reputation, locals are talking about much more than the surf forecast...


Art & Culture Experiences in San Diego

Arts free-for-all: Summertime means free concerts, movies, and theater throughout the county. Puppet strings: Your kids might not care for...


Talking Tacos in San Diego

Even though terms like taco, burrito, enchilada, and tostada are as common as macaroni and cheese to San Diegans, don't count on any residents...


Top Reasons to Go to San Diego

Sun and Surf: Legendary beaches and surfing in La Jolla, Coronado, and Point Loma. Golf: A concentration of beautiful courses with sweeping...


California's Padre President

San Diego, the first European settlement in Southern California, was founded by Father Junípero Serra in July 1769. A member of the Franciscan...


San Diego Farmers' Markets

Take advantage of San Diego’s year-round gorgeous weather and visit a farmers’ market or flea market during your stay. You’ll have a chance...


Top Experiences in San Diego

Did we mention the beach? If stretching out on the sand with a sunscreen-stained paperback sounds like a snooze, there’s always swimming, snorkeling...


Top Attractions in San Diego

Balboa Park Oasis is hardly hyperbole when it comes to describing this 1,200-acre cultural heart of San Diego. Take a peaceful stroll or plan...


San Diego with Kids

Beach fun A pail and shovel can keep kids entertained for hours at the beach— Coronado Beach is especially family-friendly. Be liberal with...


What the Locals do in San Diego

Just because San Diego has tourist attractions at every turn doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stray from the beaten path and pretend you’re a local...


A Walk Through San Diego's Past

Downtown San Diego is a living tribute to history and revitalization. The Gaslamp Quarter followed up its boomtown years—the late 1800s, when...


Free Things to Do in San Diego

San Diego may levy an unofficial "sunshine tax," but it makes up for it with plenty of free stuff. Aside from the beaches, backcountry trails...


Local Restaurants in San Diego

San Diego has a number of homegrown restaurant chains that won’t break the bank. Burger Lounge ( ) specializes in juicy...


San Diego Craft Breweries

San Diego is home to more than 90 breweries, with more opening every year. But the city’s beer culture expands well beyond the breweries; along...


Best Rooftop Bars in San Diego

Take in the sun and San Diego skyline while having a drink at the city’s best rooftop bars. Rooftop Bars Altitude Skybar (Gaslamp Quarter...


Casinos in San Diego County

San Diego County, along with Temecula, is the Indian gaming capital of California, with more than 13 tribes operating casinos in the region...


Point Loma to Harbor Island Driving Tour

Take Catalina Boulevard all the way south to the tip of Point Loma to reach Cabrillo National Monument. North of the monument, as you head...


Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument marks the site of the first European visit to San Diego, made by 16th-century explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo. Cabrillo...


A Day at Mission Bay and Beaches

A day spent at Mission Bay or the surrounding beaches can be as active or leisurely as you like. If you want to play in the water, the bay...


Best Things to Do in Balboa Park

With so much on offer, Balboa Park truly has something for everyone. Here are some best bets based on area of interest. Architecture Buffs...

Sports & Activities

Longboarding vs. Shortboarding

Longboarders tend to ride boards more than 8 feet long with rounded noses. Shortboarders ride lightweight, high-performance boards from 5 to...

Sports & Activities

Searching for Dottie

When Dottie the largemouth bass was reeled in at Lake Dixon in 2003, she weighed 21 pounds 11 ounces. She was released then, and anglers knew...

Sports & Activities

Surfing San Diego

Head to a San Diego beach on any given day and chances are you’ll see a group of surfers in the water, patiently waiting to ride a memorable...

Sports & Activities

Best Things to Do Outdoors in San Diego

Kayak La Jolla’s caves: Join a tour to explore the seven caves off La Jolla Cove; you can see lots of wildlife, including seals, sea lions...

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