San Diego is a beautiful vibrant Southern California city with a lot going on and multiple reasons to visit. Great weather, gloriously sunny days and comfortable year-round temperatures are nature’s welcome. Within the scenic boundaries of sparkling Big Bay, mountain ranges and the Pacific Ocean, San Diego offers a long and varied list of things to do.
For first time visitors, the challenge of San Diego is that it has it all: gorgeous climate, a big, beautiful bay and scenic bayfront, interesting neighborhoods, a spectacular coastline, beaches, boardwalks, parks, museums, and nightlife.
The following categories with options in each focuses on the highlights.
A lot can be packed into two full days in San Diego. Experience San Diego’s Bayfront, neighborhoods, popular sights, museums and splash down in Big Bay. Head up the spectacular coastline to quaint La Jolla, the “Jewel of the Sea,” perched high over the mighty Pacific. Shop, have lunch, see the dramatic coves. Walk along a beach, on an oceanfront boardwalk or play in the area’s oldest beachfront amusement park. Sip a tequila al fresco in Old Town, taste craft beer along the waterfront; enjoy fabulous food in Little Italy, experience nightlife in Gaslamp Quarter. Here’s a detailed itinerary to help you:
Spring weather in family-friendly San Diego may not be as warm as the Caribbean or coastal Mexico, but it’s gorgeous and filled with places to go and things to see! Perfect for Spring Break fun! Sunny days, average highs of 66 degrees and average lows of 53 degrees with little humidity- could not be better for visiting theme parks, amusement parks, the zoo; biking, hiking, kayaking; ballooning, boating; land tours, water tours; and beaching.
San Diego is a great place to visit for many reasons, and its history is one of them. It all began with the Kumeyaay, the indigenous people who hunted and harvested around the protected bay and surrounding hills. Then came Spanish explorers who, venturing up the coast in 1542, came upon the protected bay to become the first Europeans to step foot on the West Coast. Pressed by the colonization attempts by other countries, Spain claimed the entire region in 1769. This led to the establishment of the first mission and first presidio (fort) on the west coast in what is now Old Town San Diego. This first mission was established by none other than Junipero Serra, the Franciscan friar who was canonized by Pope Francis during his recent visit to Washington DC.