San Diego, on California’s border with Mexico, is a world-class city with one of the nicest climates in the world. Here are my choices for the best that this city has to offer. Look for a photo album to follow soon.
1. San Diego Zoo. Here is certainly one of the world’s best zoos. How often can a visitor see Koala Bears from Australia, Panda Bears from China, and Polar Bears from Canada in one place?
2. Balboa Park. One of the largest and most interesting urban parks in the United States, this park offers great museums, pleasant paths to stroll, many activities, and beautiful Spanish architecture.
3. Sea World. One of several venues for this world-class theme park, a visit to Sea World is both immensely educational and entertaining.
4. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. This area offers tourists a look at the way this city was back in the early to mid-19th century.
5. Cabrillo National Monument. This site commemorates San Diego’s founder, and offers great views looking back to the city.
6. Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala. California’s first mission was founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1769.
7. Hotel Del Coronado, on Coronado Island, west of the city. The setting is lovely, the beach is great, so at least have lunch here and walk the grounds of this classic Victorian establishment.
8. San Diego’s Wild Animal Park, in Escondido, just outside of the city. This is a kind of open air zoo, so visitors feel like their are on a safari.
9. La Jolla, a suburb just north of the city. Visitors flock to this adorable locale on the ocean to stroll the waterfront, shop, or dine.
10. Walk the Historic Gaslight District. This enchanting area of downtown San Deigo is pleasant to stroll. There are many shopping opportunities as well as eating establishments.
Other sights considered:
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Legoland California, in Carlsbad, north of the city.
Birch Aquarium, at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, in La Jolla