During your trip to the west coast, you may be wondering whether or not San Diego is worth visiting. In our opinion, San Diego is a great city filled with sunshine and an appealing all-year summer climate. The city has a relaxed and friendly vibe to it and offers something for everyone.
Whether you want to visit for its thriving culture or outdoor activities, we have plenty of great ideas on what to do in San Diego that are sure to get you excited for your next visit.
What is San Diego Known For?
Like any city in the United States, San Diego has its own culture that pulls in thousands of visitors per year. Here are some things that are unique or done better in San Diego.
- Family Attractions: San Diego is a famous family vacation spot that offers some of the best all-ages fun around. We recommend Balboa Park and Petco Park.
- Beautiful Beaches: San Diego is filled to the brim with beaches. With over 70-miles of coastline, don’t miss out on La Jolla and Coronado Beach. You’ll see seals!
- Fish Tacos: Most port towns are known for seafood, but San Diego has some of the best Mexican-influenced cuisines, like fresh fish tacos near the Baja peninsula.
- Incredible Climate: How could we mention San Diego without talking about its climate? With average temperatures ranging from 55-75 a year, it barely ever rains or snows.
If you’re visiting for a couple of days, we recommend visiting at least one family attraction (even if you don’t have children) and two or three beaches to enjoy the climate and tacos.
What Should You See When Passing Through San Diego?
San Diego has a lot of museums, beautiful landscapes, parks, and activities for children. Here are the top things you have to do the next time you’re near the West Coast.
1. La Jolla Cove
La Jolla Cove is a part of a 6000-acre ecological reserve that still retains most of its natural state. You’re allowed to go for a swim, but keep in mind it’s a very popular place and not just with humans. La Jolla Cove is home to sea links and seals who are wild but very friendly.
2. Petco Park
San Diego is the home of the Padres, and although they haven’t seen a World Series in quite some time, they’re still a very good team to watch live. Petco Park is widely considered one of the best stadiums to watch baseball because of its brand new, comfy seats and tasty food.
3. Balboa Park’s San Diego Museum of Art
If baseball isn’t your thing, the San Diego Museum of Art may be your ally. Inside the beautiful Spanish renaissance inspired building is a huge collection of art ranging from abstract to renaissance. While you’re here, check out Balboa Park for its gardens and art venues.
4. Hotel del Coronado (Hotel Del) at Coronado Beach
Coronado Beach is significantly less crowded than La Jolla and is one of the best places for kayaking and surfing. The mica in this beach’s sand actually makes it glitter, which is quite the sight! Once you’re done, check out Hotel Del, which was once the biggest hotel in the world.
5. Old Town San Diego
As the oldest settled area in San Diego, Old Town has a lot of history. The Kumeyaay people who lived in San Diego prior to colonization date back 9,000 years. Although most of them are gone, parts of their culture still prevail here. Take a walk around town to see historical buildings, hotels, museums, artisan shops, and restaurants that offer traditional live entertainment.