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  • 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... Read more

  • Top Things to Do in San Diego

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

  • Top Experiences in San Diego

    If stretching out on the sand with a sunscreen-stained paperback sounds like a snooze, there's always swimming, snorkeling, surfing, diving, and... Read more

  • 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 for a... Read more

  • San Diego with Kids

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

  • Planning a Day at the Beaches and Bay

    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 is a... Read more

  • Cheap 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, and... Read more

  • A Historical Walking Tour of San Diego

    Downtown San Diego is a living tribute to history and revitalization. The Gaslamp Quarter followed up its boisterous boomtown years—the late... Read more

  • 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 to... Read more

  • Best San Diego Arts Experiences

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

  • Best Beaches in San Diego

    Step aside, Caribbean. Move over, Hawaii. San Diego's in the house! This unique Southern California city stands out for its clean waters, natural... Read more

  • Surfing in 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 break.... Read more

  • 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 back... Read more

  • Top San Diego Outdoor Experiences

    Kayak La Jolla's caves: Join a tour to explore the seven caves off La Jolla Cove; you'll see lots of wildlife, including seals, sea lions, and... Read more

  • Casino Country

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

  • Top Things to Do in Balboa Park

    1. Be awestruck with each stroll over Cabrillo Bridge 2. Visit the pandas at the San Diego Zoo 3. Enjoy a picnic on the lawns of the Botanical... Read more

  • Balboa's Best Bets

    With so much on offer, Balboa Park truly has something for everyone. Here are some best bets based on area of interest. Globe Theatre Museum of... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • Balboa Park's Development

    Looking at the intricate designs of Balboa Park today, it is hard to imagine its humble beginnings as empty scrubland on the outskirts of town. 1868:... Read more

  • Best San Diego Nightlife Experiences

    Real relaxation: Bask in the warm weather, drink in hand, on one of the city's many open-air, rooftop bars. Pedal power: Dance the night away in... Read more

  • 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 she... Read more

  • 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 7 feet... Read more

  • Family-Friendly Hotels

    Got kids in tow? San Diego is designed for family fun; the year-round sunny, warm weather ensures lots of play days. The focus is on outdoor... Read more

  • Where to Refuel Around San Diego

    San Diego has a few homegrown chains as well as many stand-alone eateries that will amiably fill you up without demanding too much cash in return.... Read more

  • Talking Tacos

    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 to... Read more

  • Dining with a View in La Jolla

    It's a "sad but truism" that many restaurants with great views serve food that isn't so hot. Many less-than-dedicated operators figure that the... Read more

  • San Diego Spas

    Personal pampering rules at San Diego area spas. San Diego can claim one of the largest concentrations of destination spas in the United States as... Read more

  • Cocktails with a View

    Combine sun and socializing at these rocking outdoor bars. Altitude Skybar (Gaslamp Quarter) Ivy Rooftop at the Andaz San Diego (Gaslamp... Read more

  • San Diego On Tap

    The secret is out: San Diego is the nation's best beer town. In addition to more than 30 local breweries, San Diego has a stretch of beer-nerd... Read more

  • Spring Wildflowers

    Southern California's famous warm, sunny climate has blessed this corner of the continent with an ever-changing, year-round palette of natural... Read more

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