San Diego Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in San Diego - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo 27

Point Loma and Coronado 18


Coronado 8

Harbor Island 2

Ocean Beach 1

Point Loma 6

Shelter Island 1

La Jolla 15

Mission Bay, Beaches, and SeaWorld 12


Mission Bay 9

Mission Beach 2

Pacific Beach 1

Old Town and Uptown 11


Hillcrest 2

Mission Valley 1

Old Town 8

Downtown 10


East Village 2

Embarcadero 5

Gaslamp Quarter 2

Little Italy 1

South Bay 2

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Amusement Park/ Water Park 2

Arts/ Performance Venue 3

Beach–Sight 18

Bridge/ Tunnel 2

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Canyon 1

Carousel 1

Casino–Sight 5

Cave 1

Cemetery 2

Educational Institution 2

Fountain 1

Garden/ Arboretum 4

Historic District/ Site 1

Hotel–Sight 1

House/ Mansion/ Villa 2

Island 2

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Market/ Bazaar 7

Mountain–Sight 1

Museum/ Gallery 22

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Neighborhood/ Street 3

Park (National/ State/ Provincial) 3

Park/ Playground 3

Promenade/ Boardwalk 2

Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 2

Restaurant–Sight 9

Sports Venue 1

Store/ Shop/ Mall 4

Tour–Sight 1

Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train) 1

Viewpoint/ Scenic Overlook 3

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Timken Museum of Art

  • Museum/Gallery

Though somewhat out of place architecturally, this small and modern structure, made of travertine imported from Italy, is a jewelbox.

Torrey Pines State Beach and Reserve

  • Beach–Sight

With sandstone cliffs and hiking trails adjacent to the beach rather than urban development, Torrey Pines State Beach feels far away...

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Pinus torreyana, the rarest native pine tree in the United States, enjoys a 1,700-acre sanctuary at the northern edge of La Jolla. About...

Tourmaline Surfing Park

  • Beach–Sight

Offering slow waves and frequent winds, this is one of the most popular beaches for beginning surfers, longboarders, windsurfers, and...

USS Midway Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

After 47 years of worldwide service, the retired USS Midway began a new tour of duty on the south side of the Navy pier in 2004. Launched...

University of California at San Diego

  • Educational Institution

The campus of one of the country's most prestigious research universities spreads over 1,200 acres of coastal canyons and eucalyptus...

Vacation Isle

  • Beach–Sight

Ingraham Street bisects this island, providing two distinct experiences for visitors. The west side is taken up by the Paradise Point...

Viejas Casino

  • Casino–Sight

A massive Native American–theme entertainment and shopping complex,Viejas Casino has more than 2,500 slot machines, plus blackjack,...

Westfield Horton Plaza

  • Store/Shop/Mall

This downtown shopping, dining, and entertainment mecca fronts Broadway and G Street from 1st to 4th avenues and covers more than six...

Windansea Beach

  • Beach–Sight

With its rocky shoreline and strong shore break, Windansea stands out among San Diego beaches for its dramatic natural beauty. It's one...