This guest post is by Brenda Richman, a Kansas City-based small business consultant.
First, I love its nearly perfect weather, year-round sunshine, mild average temperatures, and little rain or humidity.
Second, it’s set on California’s lovely southern-most coast, and third, there are an amazing variety of fun things to do there!
1. Old Town – Provides you with a peak at San Diego’s history while enjoying two historic parks and a charming neighborhood with restaurants, shopping and live entertainment. What a delightful place to spend several hours!
2. Hotel Del Coronado Speaking of history, the Hotel Del Coronado is one of my favorite hotels of all time. Whether you stay there, visit for drinks or dinner, or come to catch the sunset, you will not be disappointed. Opened in 1888, this is one of few surviving examples of an American, wooden, Victorian, beachfront resort. Before travel was as easy as today, guests would come and stay for “the season” which was weeks long. Sign me up!
3. Beaches – San Diego County has 70 miles of coastline which provide great places to enjoy the sand and surf with friends and family. My personal favorites are the beaches on Coronado – gorgeous sands – and the northern beach of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve – great beach with rugged cliff backdrops, below the Torrey Pines golf course.
4. Fresh Seafood – Have a fresh seafood meal overlooking the water – two of my favorites are Jakes on the beach at Del Mar, where the sunsets are almost as good as the food! And, on the harbor is the Fish Market which lets you watch the busy harbor action.
5. The Harbor — There’s usually something fun and interesting happening in San Diego’s harbor. Harbor traffic includes huge naval ships, submarines, navy seals, sailboats (everything from America’s Cup caliber down to small), commercial vessels as well as fighter jets taking off and landing. There are several ways to enjoy the harbor. I love taking a harbor cruise which also provides lovely views of the city. Or, stroll along the seawall at Seaport Village, which lies along the middle of the harbor and is also an interesting place to shop or dine.
6. Wildlife Viewing – San Diego is blessed with three incredible destinations. First, the not-to-be missed, world-class San Diego Zoo is a delight even for those who are not big zoo fans. If you still want to see more animals, in an even more “natural” environment, take in the Wild Animal Park in Escondido. Or, if you prefer ocean creatures, SeaWorld is a real treat.
Balboa Park Museum Photo by Stephane D’Alu
7. Balboa Park is a beautiful and unique place to enjoy in San Diego. It covers 1200 acres in the heart of the city and is home to gardens, 15 museums, the San Diego Zoo and theaters.
8. Cabrillo National Monument — one more stop I enjoy making is Cabrillo National Monument which commemorates Cabrillo’s landing here in 1542. The drive to the end of the Point Loma Peninsula takes you through the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, bringing gratitude for those who serve in our country’s military. On clear days, views from this vantage point are amazing. You can see down to Mexico, the city of San Diego, the harbor, Coronado and North Island. There’s also a historic lighthouse, a museum and good bookstore onsite. If you decide to take the walk down the cliff road, you can check out the tide pools at low tide.
What’s your favorite US city to visit? Please share in comments below.
Entrepreneur Brenda Richman has a passion for experiencing the world through travel adventures.
Learn more about Brenda’s travel experiences here, and her consulting work helping businesses increase market penetration and enhance the quality of their client experiences here.
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