Delectable Mexican food, stunning sunny beaches, one of the world’s best zoos, and a thriving art and culture scene are among the top things to experience in the heavenly city of San Diego in California. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, book flights to San Diego, and cross this mesmerizing destination off your bucket list.
Once you have booked your round trip flights to San Diego, you will get down to making an itinerary, which is why we have put together a list of the top 5 spots that must not be missed on your visit to San Diego. Drench yourself in the excitement of beginning your journey with an edgy amusement park.
This amusement park has great vistas all around as it is adjacent to the ocean on Mission Bay Drive. All visitors must try the Giant Dipper roller coaster. It is a 2600-feet-long contraption with a top speed of 48 mph that soars high above the park offering stunning views of the ocean. Also, go on other classics like Tilt-a-Whirl ride, Zipline or something as playful as the bumper cars. Families traveling with kids can pay a visit to the spectacular carousel or the arcade. The park is open between 11 am and 6 pm from Tuesday to Thursday, 11 am to 10 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 11 am to 8 pm on Sunday and Monday.
Your visit to San Diego is incomplete if you skip this stunning 1200-acre public park. Balboa Park is home to at least 15 major museums as well as the Old Globe Theater. Stroll across the lush gardens and marvel at the historical architecture. If you want to cover more ground in less time, book a Segway tour to see it all. This public park is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Considered one of the best zoos in the world, the San Diego Zoo is tucked away within the boundless and verdant Balboa Park. Take a family trip to this zoo to see the variety of animals such as huggable giant pandas to Komodo Dragons. This zoo is considered one of the best in the world because it pioneered cage less and open-air exhibits for animals. Additionally, you can also visit the San Diego Zoo Safari Park to check out the Asian as well as African animals. The zoo stays open seven days a week between 9 am and 5 pm.
At Coronado Beach, witness fewer sunbathers and calmer waves as compared to the more popular Mission Beach. This beach is popular with families and couples alike due to its 1.5-mile-long shoreline accommodating plenty of room for privacy lovers. Coronado Beach is open 24 x 7 but venture here at sunset for dramatic views. Swimming in the sea on Coronado beach is not allowed from 11 pm to 6 am.
The Basilica is a sight to behold with gorgeous Spanish roof tiles, white stucco walls, and grand archways. It also provides dramatic views of the old town as the monument is perched upon a hill. Established in 1769, the Basilica represents the birth of Christ on the West Coast. It is open to visitors from 9 am to 4:30 pm from Monday to Sunday.
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