This beach is in Coronado, a resort city north of downtown San Diego. To get there, take the Coronado Bridge with its scenic views of San Diego and the bay. In 2008, Coronado Beach was named the fifth best beach in America by The Travel Channel. Both the beach and the bridge are free.
USS Midway Museum
The USS Midway offers visitors a way to experience life at sea aboard one of America’s greatest aircraft carriers. The museum has more than 60 exhibits with 29 aircraft on it. It costs $15-$20 for adults.
The Gaslamp Quarter is one of Southern California’s foremost entertainment districts. Featuring Victorian architecture, it has some of the best dining and nightlife venues in San Diego within its 16.5 blocks.
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is consistently recognized as one of the best zoos in the United States. It houses more than 3,700 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies. Feature exhibits include Monkey Trails and Forest Tales, Panda Trek and Polar Bear Plunge. One-day pass prices range from $40-$60.
There are many companies that offer sailing and cruising with some of the best sunset views. Choose from a sail boat or larger vessel to enjoy some time on the water.
San Diego is known for its Mexican food as it’s a short 18 miles to Tijuana, Mexico. There are too many great places to list here, but breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can’t go wrong with tacos.
La Jolla Cove
La Jolla means “the jewel” in Spanish and this may just be the jewel of Southern California with its great ocean views and sea lions. It’s a 20-minute drive north of downtown San Diego, but it offers some of the best scenery (and shopping) in the metropolitan area.