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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Alcazar Garden

  • Garden/Arboretum

You may feel like royalty here as you rest on the benches by the exquisitely tiled fountains—the garden's highlight—and it's no wonder:...

Bahia Belle

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

At the dock of the Bahia Resort Hotel, on the eastern shores of West Mission Bay Drive, you can board this restored stern-wheeler for...

Bea Evenson Fountain

  • Fountain

A favorite of barefoot children, this fountain shoots cool jets of water upwards of 50 feet. Built in 1972 between the Fleet Center and...

Belmont Park

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

The once-abandoned amusement park between the bay and Mission Beach Boardwalk is now a shopping, dining, and recreation complex. Twinkling...

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

  • Zoo/Aquarium

Affiliated with the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, this excellent aquarium sits at the end of a signposted drive...

Black's Beach

  • Beach–Sight

The powerful waves at this beach attract world-class surfers, and the strand's relative isolation appeals to nudist nature lovers (although...

Border Field State Park

  • Beach–Sight

San Diego's southernmost beach lies within Border Field State Park, an area with sand dunes and salt marshes favored by horseback riders...

Botanical Building

  • Garden/Arboretum

The graceful redwood-lath structure, built for the 1915 Panama–California International Exposition, now houses more than 2,000 types...

Cabrillo Bridge

  • Bridge/Tunnel

The official gateway into Balboa Park soars 120 feet above a canyon floor. Pedestrian-friendly, the 1,500-foot bridge provides inspiring...

Cabrillo National Monument

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

This 160-acre preserve marks the site of the first European visit to San Diego, made by 16th-century explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo...

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