Balboa Park's Casa de Balboa Building in San Diego, California
With 1,200 acres of hiking trails, fountains, beautiful architecture, gardens and museums it is easy to spend an entire day getting lost in Balboa Park. There are also venues located in the park featuring numerous performing arts shows like concerts, plays and youth ballet performances.
USS midway aircraft carrier in beautiful sky, in San Diego, California
From the engine room to the flight deck, the USS Midway museum is home to 60 carefully preserved exhibit areas and 30 restored aircraft taking you on a unique warship journey the moment you step on board. You'll be able to climb into the cockpits, explore where the crew lived and even take a tour of the Captain's and Admiral's quarters.
Another wide-open space right in San Diego is Torrey Pines Natural Reserve. Stretching across 1,500 acres of undeveloped land, you'll find unspoiled beaches, a lagoon and jaw-dropping landscapes. If hiking, enjoying a seaside picnic and Pacific Ocean views are your thing, you've come to the right place.
San Diego's cuisine is the definition of diverse. Tuck into the Mexican-inspired but decidedly non-authentic local favorite of carne asada fries topped with slices of shaved beef, cotija, crema and guacamole. Indulge in decadent New American dishes like the duck fat fries at Searsucker. Italian more your style? Head to Cucina Urbana for pasta made with fresh, seasonal ingredients like local herbs and tomatoes.
The shopping is endless in San Diego. Be sure to grab a local souvenir from Noon Designs. Choose from handcrafted jewelry, letterpress printed cards and goods by local artisans. If you're looking for something a little more mainstream while still keeping it local, head to The Gaslamp Quarter or Del Mar Plaza. Jump onbpoard a San Diego cruise and check out Old Town Market for unique, handcrafted tchotchkes like the animal-themed decor at Love My Pet.