Oct. 29: Your day on your own

Places to visit

Welcome to San Diego!

San Diego, "America's Finest City," is one of the top vacation destinations in North America.  While its 70 miles of beaches and climate get a lot of attention, San Diego is home to many attractions: SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, Legoland California Resort.  Our history includes Cabrillo National Monument where Europeans landed in 1542, and Old Town San Diego where history is brought to life.  Many venues are within walking distance in downtown, but public transportation options include the San Diego Trolley light rail system, Old Town Trolley Tours offering guided tours, pedicabs, horse drawn carriage rides and the Coronado Ferry.

Recommended points of interest to visit

The San Diego Zoo

The world-famous San Diego Zoo is located in Balboa Park and houses over 3,700 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies. The San Diego Zoo was a pioneer in the concept of open-air, cageless exhibits that re-create natural animal habitats. It is one of the few zoos in the world that houses and successfully breeds the giant panda.

Old Town State Park

Old Town is the historic heart of San Diego. Created in 1769, Old Town San Diego was California’s first settlement with only a mission and a fort. Here you can experience life from the early Mexican-American period of 1821-1872 through rich living history programs.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park boasts 17 museums and cultural institutions with an incredible diversity of collections. From local San Diego history, to the history of flight, trains, or automobiles, to the workmanship of the old masters, and the arts, crafts, and culture of people near and far, recent and historical. There is no shortage of things to see and do.


USS Midway Museum

The USS Midway was America's longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century, from 1945 to 1992.  It now houses life-at-sea exhibits, planes, and a flight simulator. Approximately 200,000 sailors served aboard the carrier, known for several naval aviation breakthroughs as well as several humanitarian missions. 

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located within San Diego city limits, and is 1,500 acres of land as it was before San Diego was developed. With stunning ocean views and a charming nature center, it is a must see. Approximately 20 miles from downtown via car or Uber.

San Diego Craft Beer

San Diego takes pride in their craft beer. With over 100 craft breweries in San Diego County, a beer enthusiast culture is thriving. Take a brewery tour for a fun and safe way to visit San Diego's breweries, taste many of their award winning beers and learn about the unique histories and processes of San Diego's popular breweries.

Little Italy

Once home to San Diego's flourishing tuna fishing industry and generations of Italian families who made their living on the sea, Little Italy is now a lively neighborhood filled with patio cafés, packed  restaurants, craft brew stops, urban wineries, art galleries, sophisticated shops, boutique hotels and the beautiful Amici Park.


A mere two-mile drive from downtown San Diego across one of the world's most distinctive bridges or a ferry ride across the bay is Coronado Island - a world away. Developed in 1888 as a beach resort town, and home to the famous Hotel del Coronado, the island has one of the finest beaches in the world. Coronado today is a vibrant beach community loaded with charm.

Martime Museum

The Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the world’s oldest active ship Star of India. The museum’s collection of ships and exhibits are available for daily public tours.

The Gas Lamp Quarter

As the West Coast’s premier entertainment district, guests can immerse themselves in San Diego’s Victorian architecture and history, dine with world-renowned chefs, and dance the night away at nationally-recognized nightlife venues. Tucked tightly into 16 ½ blocks, the Gaslamp Quarter is a walkable urban playground located in Downtown San Diego adjacent to the Convention Center.

San Diego offers shopping downtown in the Gas Lamp Quarter and Horton Plaza.  Fashion Valley and UTC Shopping Malls are within a cab ride or Uber from our hotel.