5 Must-See Sights for Your San Diego Vacation

San Diego Vacation

5 Must-See Sights for Your San Diego Vacation

You’re going to love San Diego. This warm, southernmost California city didn’t earn the nickname “America’s Finest City” for nothing.

The people in San Diego are friendly, the weather is almost always beautiful, the history is intriguing, and the broad range of food options are to die for. On top of all that, there are tons of great things to see and do. 

If you’re heading to southern California, you may be wondering about how to spend your days during your San Diego vacation. There are a wide variety of attractions for visitors in San Diego, and there is truly something for everyone.

Check out our list of must-see sights in San Diego. Check out one or hit them all, and have a great trip!

1. The San Diego Zoo

The first stop on any San Diego vacation should be the San Diego Zoo. This zoo is widely considered to be one of the very best in the country, if not in the whole world. It houses over 3,500 animals representing over 800 different species and over four million people visit it per year. 

This zoo opened back in 1916 and it has been ahead of its time ever since. Today, it is known for its open-air, cageless exhibits, scientific research, and children’s programs, but it’s fun for all ages. 

2. The USS Midway Museum

The USS Midway was the United States’ longest-serving aircraft carrier; over 200,000 soldiers served onboard during its years at sea from 1945 to 1992. It opened as a museum in 2004 and is a popular tourist attraction for all who come to San Diego. The self-guided audio tour is narrated by sailors who spent time serving on board and takes visitors to all corners of the ship.

3. La Jolla Cove

It wouldn’t be a trip to southern California without a stop at the beach, and La Jolla Cove is perhaps the most picturesque of the beaches in San Diego. It’s part of a protected marine reserve, but you are welcome to swim if you like; this beach is popular with scuba divers, swimmers, snorkelers, as well as sand-castle builders. Don’t be surprised if you see a few sea lions here, too.

4. Balboa Park 

Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre park in the heart of San Diego. It is lovely for a stroll, bike ride, or jog, but it is also home to museums, theaters, gardens, recreational facilities, restaurants, and the San Diego Zoo. It’s one of the nation’s oldest parks and was set aside for preservation in 1835.

There is so much to do in Balboa Park that you could spend your entire San Diego vacation within its boundaries and still not see everything there is to see there; set aside at least a day or two for exploring it.

5. Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial

Almost every American knows an American who served in our armed forces and we celebrate the sacrifices that these men and women made for our freedom every day. A great place to remember those who served is the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. This memorial overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is a beautiful and memorable tribute to the veterans of every war in United States history.

Enjoy Your San Diego Vacation

There are so many things to do in San Diego; your San Diego vacation certainly won’t be boring! These are just a few of the many amazing and unforgettable attractions in this great city. Once you dive in, you’ll be impressed, and chances are, you’ll come back to San Diego for more time and time again.

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