San Diego is often skipped during a typical Californian westcoast road trip even though the city has a lot to offer and there are so many good reasons to visit the birthplace of California! Honestly, this part of California turned out to be one of my favorites during my road trip! To make the most of your stopp in „America’s finest City“, here is my favorites list of what you need to do in San Diego:
What you need to do in San Diego
First stopp: Shelter Island
A great place for your first stopp in San Diego is the National Cabrillo Monument at the Point Loma. You can also enjoy this postcard-skyline-view for free at Shelter Island, a small island right in front of point Loma. This only 2 kilometer long island offers a perfect all-round view to San Diego Bay, the harbor and the skyline, and there are also some great hotels, bars and diner at the Shelter Island!
Discover Old Town
The Californian birthplace is such a great quarter, I just love the (Mexican) atmosphere in every corner of Old Town. Discover the Californian history, Mexican culture and enjoy the best Mexican food in town!
Spend the night at Gaslamp Quarter
The historic Gaslamp Quarter is located in Downtown San Diego and famous for it’s nightlife. This part of the town is the perfect place for dining, having cocktails, shopping and entertainment, especially in the evening time! You can find a lot of cool bars, pubs and restaurants in this typical historic buildings in a great atmosphere.
Stroll around Balboa Park
After discovering „Americas finest City“, take a stopp at the huge Balboa Park! Stroll around the flower gardens in the beautiful park, visit museums, relax at the Australien garden or visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo!
Enjoy the endless beach at Coronado Island
According to several rankings, the most beautiful Californian beaches are located in San Diego, and Coronado Beach has even been named the no. 1 of the most beautiful beaches in the United States. Take a ride to Coronado Island, discover the charming streets around Orange Avenue, pass the famous Hotel del Coronado, walk barefoot in the white, heavenly sand and enjoy the view to Mexico!
Have you ever been in San Diego? What is your favorite part of San Diego?