San Diego Zoo
Recognised as one of the world's best, the city zoo has around 4,000 animals, including giant pandas, tigers, elephants and everything in between. The animals roam within natural boundaries and there are numerous ways to see them: safari jeep tours; shows; keeper experiences; even from above on the Skyfari cable car or the new zip wire ride.
San Diego's 'jewel' has spectacular scenery, superb beaches and an upmarket vibe. Known as 'The Village', the heart of La Jolla has swanky shopping, restaurants and galleries. Down at the beach you can catch some rays, explore the marine life and caves of the protected Underwater Park, or watch seals and sea lions at play at the 'Children's Pool' cove.
There's a feast of culture here, as well as superb gardens and plenty of shady spots to while away a hot afternoon during holidays to San Diego. Fifteen museums offer fascinating insights into all sorts of subjects from natural history to space, plus there's a carousel, miniature railway and trails to enjoy. Don't miss Shakespeare productions at the open-air Old Globe theatre.
There's a big naval tradition in San Diego and a visit to the USS Midway aircraft carriers is a must. You can clamber all over this floating metal city to explore its sleeping quarters, engine room, post office and jail, as well as visiting the bridge. Around 30 restored vintage aircraft, some of which you can climb into, complete the experience.
A Taste of Mexico
The city's Old Town State Park recreates life in the Mexican and Rancho California periods of 1821 to 1872. There are original adobes, historic buildings, colourful boutiques and specialty shops to wander amongst, plus traditional Mexican food and drink to sample. Margarita time anyone?
The most popular neighborhood in San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter hosts some of the best restaurants, shops & theatres in the city as well as some of the best bars and nightclubs. If you’re looking for a hip buzzy atmosphere then this is your place.