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About San Diego

The second-largest city in California, San Diego, is often called the birthplace of the state. ‘America’s Finest City’ certainly gives off that vibe, with an air of fascinating history. If that wasn’t enough ‘number ones,’ it’s also argued to be the city with the best weather in the entire country! It’s no wonder San Diego is one of the U.S.’ most popular destinations. There is so much to see and do, it can be a bit overwhelming. Not the least intimidating is figuring out where to stay. Triphop’s travel experts have gotten together to help. We’ve compiled a list of San Diego’s best attractions, as well as where to stay and how to get around!

Downtown San Diego could be an entire trip’s destination. Balboa Park is a sprawling urban green space with shopping, museums, and multiple attractions. Walk the boardwalk along the Pacific Ocean and at night, head downtown to Gaslamp Quarter and other vibrant areas. Checkout rooftop bars like Altitude and Level 9 for a stunning city view. They overlook the San Diego Padre’s Petco Park – a great destination for the sports fan.

San Diego is steeped in a combination of American and Mexican history. Mission Valley and Old Town are essential destinations for the history buff for this reason. These neighborhoods also feature some of the best Mexican food you’ll ever taste! Thanks to its central location, Mission Valley is a top accommodation spot. Conveniently, the area is awash with affordable options.

San Diego is also home to two of California’s finest zoos. The San Diego Zoo is one of the most famous in the world, beloved for its groundbreaking safari-like open-air nature. If marine animals are more your speed, SeaWorld is another pioneer. You’ll enjoy rides as well as exhibits on your visit there.

Interested in an ultra-lux San Diego getaway? Tower23 and Rancho Valencia are just two of San Diego’s exclusive hotel resorts. Expect to be pampered when staying here! The Fairmont Grand Del Mar and the Pendry are also considered top spots. However, for a one-of-a-kind experience, travel a bit further from the city center. The Hotel Coronado has been a favorite of presidents and movie stars since 1888. Don’t miss San Diego’s first electric streetlight in the grounds!

San Diego is an excellent travel destination. But when should you go? Thanks to its fantastic weather, you can avoid the peak summer season and still have a great time outdoors. March through May and September through November will save you money on flights and hotels. You’ll also avoid the crush of summer visitors, making it easier to see all the sights.

Unfortunately, San Diego’s public transport isn’t like that of NYC or Los Angeles. With much of it relying on bus routes, it’s advisable to rent a car if you want to see a lot of this rather large city. To save some money, ensure your hotel offers free parking. Also, learn about the cheap downtown parking garages (e.g., Ace Parking and Park-it-on-Market) where you can leave the car for the day while you explore. Speaking of exploring, here are some of the best destinations in San Diego!


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Luxury hotels in San Diego

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.4-star



.6764 reviews

This is an amazing and affordable place to stay in San Diego. We had a bigger party for the weekend so we were able to get conjoined rooms. The rooms are very well kept. The views of the harbor from our balcony were spectacular! There is a lot of things to do at the hotel for entertainment. We enjoyed the pool on the top roof that has some of the best views. They serve drinks and have towels for your convenience. The hotel has beach cruisers you can check out and ride up and down the strip. The restaurant is a bit pricey but the the steak was well worth the money. Overall we were very satisfied with our stay and will be returning.

Intercontinental San Diego.4-star



.677 reviews

The hotel has a wonderful airy feeling and friendly accommodating staff. The food superb and the drinks delicious. It is obvious this is a well managed Hotel and customer service is excellent. Close to everything! We were very comfortable. Highly recommended

L'Auberge Del Mar.5-star



.727 reviews

The staff is amazing. Beautiful venue and services. Rooms are very cozy.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort.4-star



.2263 reviews

The location is beautiful and the amenities are great! The resort sits on the bay with great views and the beach is right across the street. The service was slower than expected, considering the resort was not full. We had slow service at one of the restaurants and an instance where the food order was messed up. However, the waitress did her best to make it right and was very apologetic. Overall, the experience was good and our family would certainly come back.

Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton.4-star



.12959 reviews

You don’t have to stay at this hotel to enjoy it. It’s a wonderful property that has a very interesting history. The property is right on the beach so dining here is great when the weather is nice. It is right on the beach so it can get breezy and a bit chili. Walking on the beach is wonderful too. Nice sandy and clean beach. Water is cold but still a nice place to walk on and explore!

The Lodge at Torrey Pines.5-star



.765 reviews

Great spot for sitting outside and having a glass of wine. Nice selection of snacks on the menu in the bar, the brown butter popcorn is tasty. It's also big enough to share with up to 4 people. I tried the organic white and enjoyed it, wish I would've taken note of the name. Nice selection of beers as well as other spirits.

Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, North San Diego.5-star



.275 reviews

We’ve been coming here once a year for over 15 years and they always do an amazing job keeping everything beautiful and relaxing. We enjoy the fun activities they have for families during certain events. The restaurant is soooooooo good! All the landscaping is kept up beautifully, we haven’t had a bad visit yet. Love it here, definitely recommended!

Pacific Terrace Hotel.4-star



.558 reviews

This is the second trip we’ve taken and stayed at Pacific Terrace. Best customer service we have ever experienced at a hotel. The staff goes above and beyond to ensure your stay is top notch. Then the views! My goodness, we loved it. Will be returning again!

Tower23 Hotel.4-star



.728 reviews

T23 was awesome. I got a King Suite with Ocean View. This made my time in SD perfect. Good food too.

Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa.5-star



.332 reviews

One of the best places for Sunday brunch in North County. Outdoor patio seating offers great views. Kids have a great field to explore and play on which are overlooked from your seating. If you like tennis, it’s got the the best courts in San Diego.

Best budget hotels in San Diego

Best Western Seven Seas

Average price $80/night



.2481 reviews

This hotel is a diamond in the rough! Extremely clean with full service restaurant and bar. Food was excellent. Room was clean and neat. I will definitely stay and Seven Seas again!

Holiday Inn Express San Diego N - Rancho Bernardo

Average price $97/night



.601 reviews

Stayed here many times visiting relative in the area. VERY reasonable rate. Easy access to get into San Diego. Breakfast included and pool for relaxation. FREE parking and couldn't expect any better.

Crowne Plaza San Diego - Mission Valley

Average price $94/night



.1918 reviews

San Diego was a dart on the map stay for my wife and I. Crowne Plaza was a quick pick hotel on our last day of planning for an impromptu holiday. We lucked on so many levels. Loved San Diego and Crowne Plaza. Staff at the hotel were courteous and provided shuttle service to popular destinations. Clean.. Convenient.. Amazing service. I fully recommend

Ramada by Wyndham San Diego Airport

Average price $96/night



.503 reviews

The staff was very nice. Rooms extremely decent for the price! Even the guest restroom was EXTREMELY CLEAN! Located in a great place to take in all the sights!

Porto Vista Hotel

Average price $91/night



.1018 reviews

Stayed two nights, with my fiance. We had a decent time. We enjoyed the location, was very convenient being in little Italy. We felt the hotel was more catered towards people on business, rather than people there on vacation. I would say the place is more pet accepted, than friendly. There are no dog bowls, or relief area for pets. Website said free breakfast, but that's not the case. Breakfast vouchers have to be purchased. We wont be back, next time we are in San Diego

Days Inn by Wyndham San Diego Hotel Circle Near SeaWorld

Average price $81/night


Very Good

.14 reviews

Great value

Wyndham Garden San Diego Near SeaWorld

Average price $72/night



.1597 reviews

Jared was very helpful in making our stay better. He addressed any issues I had. The insides are very nice and well worth the money spent. Just make sure you clarify you want the suite if you are expecting a couch and separate room.

Things To Do In San Diego

Downtown San Diego

Downtown San Diego is an unforgettable mix of ocean side beauty, cultural throwbacks, and bustling modernity. One of the most famous attractions is Balboa Park. This 1,200-acre cultural park is one of the country’s largest urban parks. It features a museum complex, themed gardens, walking paths, theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Seaport Village offers a waterfront boardwalk, fine dining, and a 19th-century carousel. The 100-year-old Japanese Friendship Garden plays host to the beloved Cherry Blossom Festival. The USS Midway Museum is actually on the giant aircraft carrier in the San Diego harbor. Looking for downtown San Deigo’s most happening neighborhood? Head over to the Gaslamp Quarter.

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Mission Valley

Mission Valley and Old Town are known as the birthplace of San Diego. The area is just minutes away from San Diego International Airport, the San Diego Zoo and more. This makes it a great home base. But Mission Valley also has tons to see itself. The 18th-century missions that gave it its name are historical marvels. Experiencing the Old Town Trolley is a must for any visitor. San Diego is known for its incredible Mexican cuisine. Arguably the best of them all is Mission Valley’s Café Coyote. The Old Town State Park features a wealth of Mexican heritage, so be sure to explore it. Fashion Valley and Mission Valley malls offer great shopping, as do many beautiful boutiques.

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Mission Bay

For the active traveler, Mission Bay is sure to be a favorite. This salt-water lagoon has created a unique, almost land-locked haven for watersports. Wakeboarding, jet skiing, and sailing are all popular here. Fishermen also enjoy the Bay and its excellent bass fishing. However, Mission Bay doesn’t only offer watersports. There is excellent golfing, dog walking, camping, and bird watching as well. A 1.2-mile cross country course makes it a beloved destination for runners. September visitors should make sure to enjoy the Bayfair Cup hydroplane boat race.

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San Diego Zoo and Parks

The San Diego Zoo might be the most famous zoo in the world. It’s also the most visited zoo in the U.S., and for a good reason. It pioneered the idea of humane, cageless exhibits. Now, it holds more than 3,500 animals. A guided bus tour can take you across most of the park, safari-style. For the more adventurous, the overhead gondola lift ‘The Skyfari’ provides an aerial view. The Australian Outback exhibit and ‘Africa Rocks’ are two of the zoo’s most popular. San Diego’s Parks are also legendary. In addition to Balboa, Mission Bay Park, Sunset Cliffs, and Waterfront Park are perfect for sunny San Diego days.

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SeaWorld is likely the world’s most famous marine animal theme park. It is world-famous for its shows featuring killer whales, dolphins and sea lions. It is also an actual theme park, with adrenaline-pumping rides. The Bayside Skyride provides a stunning aerial view of the park. Sesame Street’s Bay of Play and Ocean Explorer, meanwhile, are playgrounds for the kids. The park offers education for the family as well with its many animal exhibits. Some favorites include Shark Encounter, Journey to Atlantis and Wild Arctic. Academics and animal lovers will love that the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute is just next door!

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Active San Diego Spots

San Diego is often pegged as the city with ‘the best weather in the United States.’ While it is sunny year-round like most of Southern California, it tends to avoid the blistering heat of Los Angeles. This makes it perfect for outdoor activities. Naturally, beaches are a popular activity. Coronado Beach is a family favorite, as is Pacific Beach. Meanwhile, La Jolla Shores is incredibly picturesque. Ocean Beach, Mission Beach and Tourmaline Surfing Park are surfer favorites. Mission Bay offers something for every fitness and activity seeker.

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