Popular Destinations

With 1,200 acres, Balboa Park is the country’s largest urban cultural park. Enjoy miles of garden walks past period architecture, museums and attractions like the San Diego Museum of Art, Natural History Museum, San Diego Air & Space Museum, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, the Museum of Man, botanical gardens, fountains and Spanish-Renaissance style structures.

The monument commemorates Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo’s 1542 discovery of what is now California. Some of the best views of San Diego Harbor, the Pacific Ocean and the mountains can be found here. The old Point Loma Lighthouse has been restored to its 1850s appearance. 

Beautiful beaches, great shops and restaurants, Old World charm and the one-and-only Hotel del Coronado await you on this island in the sun. 

Enjoy free walking tours of Old Historic Escondido’s Victorian homes and Craftsman bungalows, the California Center for the Arts, the Friday night Cruisin’ Grand for car enthusiasts, and more. From the Escondido Transit Center, downtown is a short walk or ride the BREEZE Route 350.

Downtown La Mesa offers that quaint small-town feel just a quick Trolley ride from San Diego's bustling center! 

San Diego's biggest shopping center features departments stores, specialty shops, boutique carts, popular restaurants, and movie theaters. 

The Gaslamp Quarter is downtown San Diego’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment neighborhood. With more than 200 restaurants, bars, nightclubs and lounges, boutiques, art galleries and shops to peruse, the Gaslamp Quarter has established itself both as the playground of hip and as an elite urban destination.

Hazard Center, in the heart of Mission Valley, is packed with shops, restaurants, and theaters to make running errands or catching dinner and movie easy and convenient. 

Restaurants and unique shops line the streets in this historic neighborhood. 

Featuring miles of beach and an ocean pier, Imperial Beach is the most southwesterly city in the U.S. It is also home to the world-renowned Tijuana Estuary. 

La Jolla’s beaches offer year-round swimming, surfing, kayaking and sunbathing. Snorkel and scuba divers can explore the La Jolla Ecological Reserve with protected tidelands and marine life. Adjacent parklands are perfect for picnics and walks. 

Located in San Ysidro near the border of Mexico.

Liberty Station is the former Naval Training Center San Diego. It now houses restaurants, galleries, boutiques, museums, and the Liberty Station Public Market which is filled with a number of eateries all in historical buildings on the waterfront.

The heart of San Diego’s Italian community has many unique shops, cafés and award-winning restaurants.

Housed on historic vessels, guests explore tall ships like the Star of India (oldest active sailing ship), San Salvador replica, steam vessels, two submarines, art galleries, naval and maritime history exhibits, and much more.

Mission Beach offers an impressive choice of ocean or bay-side beaches, beautiful Mission Bay Park and Belmont Park’s giant wooden roller coaster. 

California’s first mission, built in 1769 and authentically restored, contains many relics of San Diego’s early mission days. 

The New Children’s Museum is located in Downtown San Diego and offers a safe and engaging environment that fosters play and creativity while helping children develop social and educational skills. 

Eclectic North Park is bursting with breweries, restaurants, shops and activity.  

This eclectic and authentic beach town has become a destination for antique shopping, surfing, sunbathing, casual beach-style or upscale dining, and unique local shops. It is also home to the longest fishing pier on the Pacific Coast.  

Relive the Mexican/California flavor of the mid-1800s. Colorful shops, flavorful restaurants and an interesting medley of sights await you. Presidio Park, with the Serra Museum and Library, overlooks Old Town. 

Along with the beach, this popular community has restaurants dotting the boardwalk. You’ll find natives and tourists alike enjoying the breathtaking ocean views and historic Crystal Pier. 

The San Diego Padres play at downtown’s Petco Park which also hosts concerts and other special events.

The San Diego Convention Center, located on San Diego Bay, is the premier meeting and conference facility for the region  and home to the annual Comic-Con and Auto Show extravaganzas.

SDSU provides transformative experiences for students in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. 

The San Diego Zoo is well-known for its 100 acres of lush, naturalistic habitats and unique animal encounters, it is home to more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals representing approximately 660 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 plants.

Seaport Village has more than 70 one-of-a-kind shops, and 14 acres of views along the San Diego Bay waterfront.

At SeaWorld® San Diego, you’ll connect with the sea,  go on exhilarating rides and find amazing adventures. The voyage begins – only at SeaWorld.

The brand-new 35,000-seat Snapdragon Stadium is the new home of San Diego State University football.

Check out this revitalized neighborhood where shops and restaurants have made historic buildings their homes. 

Enter the world of sharks, seahorses and living coral reefs. Discover a stunning variety of Pacific marine life in more than 60 habitats. Interact with exhibits that showcase the cutting-edge discoveries of Scripps Oceanography explorers. 

Explore more than 20 exhibits and come nose-to-nose with local marine life, reptiles and other creatures. This nonprofit zoo and aquarium is uniquely situated on the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. 

From the border, walk or taxi to the heart of Tijuana, Avenida Revolución, for duty-free shopping and an authentic taste of Mexico at restaurants, open-air cafés, taco carts and more. 

UC San Diego is one of the nation’s most accomplished research universities, known for its scientific, medical and technological breakthroughs.

This innovative center at Park & Market Downtown will feature arts, music, academic programming, conferences, workshops and more.

One of America’s longest-serving naval aircraft carriers is now a floating museum featuring exhibits, flight simulators and a gift shop. 

Close to La Jolla and UC San Diego, UTC offers more than 170 fine shops and department stores, restaurants, theaters and ice skating.