There are few better cities in the world to soak up the sun than San Diego, known to many as “America’s Finest City.” This lively city offers quite a bit more than sunny climes and beaches, however. Its natural landscape presents exciting opportunities for adventure of all kinds—whether by land, sea, or air.  As well, a vibrant and diverse food culture is sure to satisfy even the most refined and diverse palates. Let’s take a look at what this boisterous metropolis has lined up for you.

The World Famous San Diego Zoo

You won't want to miss the Great Pandas at the World Famous San Diego Zoo!

Walking into the San Diego Zoo is like walking into paradisal world of enchantment where animals can talk in mythical languages—except the animals don’t speak and will occasionally throw things at you. Famous not only for its stunning scenery, the San Diego Zoo was also a pioneer in recreating an animals’ natural environment through open-air, cageless exhibits—something now considered the standard. Whether you’re on a date or cruising with the family, its 99 acres offer you spectacular exhibits like Absolutely Apes, Polar Bear Plunge, and Monkey Trails & Forest Tales. One of the Zoo’s signature distinctions is its ability to successfully breed the Giant Panda—a feat few zoos in the world can claim!

Outdoor Adventures

There are plenty of outdoor adventures available to you in San Diego

City life is great—at least until you need a break from it all and want to dash out into the great outdoors. If you enjoy dusting up your shoes and getting some fresh air, then Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve yields picturesque landscapes—perfect for all those pictures you need to send grandma. One lesser known option in case you like hikes and potato chips is Potato Chip Rock Hike (yes, it’s real). This hike is a little more challenging so get ready to test those calves with some burn! Last thing: you know how sometimes you wake up and say to yourself, “I’m tired of being a land-dweller!” Well, you’re in luck. Torrey Pines Gliderport offers you the chance to try out paragliding or hand gliding for the last first time!

Disney Cruise San Diego 2019

Disney Cruise comes to San Diego in 2019!

Every year, the Disney Cruise makes its way to San Diego shores, usually for a couple of weeks only. Next year, it’s going to be different. It’s going to be better. It’s going to be three months of Disney cruises! Tons of crazy passionate Disney people are already punching this cruise in on their calendar, and it looks like next year will be the best of them all. Why? For starters, it will run for 3 months (from March to May) instead of the usual two weeks, thus making it cheaper. Ka-ching! Also, you have several options for cruises, including: 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 night cruises to Mexico and Baja California! There are even rumors of a potential Star Wars and Marvel day at Sea. Use the force.

USS Midway Museum

Liv. Your Life. Your Way.

All aboard! If you’ve spent any time in San Diego you know it is a big military town with lots of history. One of the main attractions is the USS Midway Museum. The USS Midway Museum is battle tested through and through. Commissioned after World War II, it was the largest ship in the world until 1955. It was also the lead ship of its class, meaning subsequent ships were constructed based on its design. Trendsetter! For 47 long years, the USS Midway Museum plowed through both friendly and furious waters, seeing action during the Vietnam War and later operating as the flagship during Operation Desert Storm. If it could speak, it might say, “I worked for 47 years! It’s about time I retired and became a museum. Nobody press any buttons in here. Trust me.”

Balboa Park

Balboa Park in San Diego, CA

Balboa Park is the cultural center of San Diego and includes access to museums, the Zoo, restaurants, cafes, and various scenic attractions. There are several attractions in the park, each of which offers its own exhibits throughout the year. Local experts consider Balboa Park a Must-See—it is perfect for walking, picnicking, or biking. If you’re a sports fanatic, it’s worth checking out the San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum. If the arts are more your thing, you’d do well to visit the San Diego Museum of Art or the Museum of Photographic Arts. There’s something for everybody at Balboa Park. And in case you were wondering—no, Balboa Park was not named after Rocky Balboa. Let the truth be told!