Navy Pier is a must for military enthusiasts when you visit the San Diego waterfront. Undoubtedly the main attraction is the colossal USS Midway, the longest-serving military vessel of the 20th century and now the site of the San Diego Aircraft Museum. The museum offers a rare glimpse into military life thanks to the more than 20 restored aircraft on display, ranging from a World War II planes to a Desert Storm fighter plane. If you don’t have time to tour the museum, climb aboard the Midway’s deck for free and see impressive views over the San Diego waterfront. Working Navy ships regularly dock at Navy Pier and often open for the public to take free, guided tours.
For views of another working military station, walk north to Broadway Pier. From here, you can look across the water to the North Island Naval Station where aircraft carriers and fighter jets are often docked.
Much of the appeal of Navy Pier comes down to its position on the San Diego waterfront. Stroll south and you’ll come across attractive green areas and the well-renowned Fish Market Restaurant – a wonderful location to enjoy a waterside bite in what was once the site of the biggest tuna fleets in the world. Continue on and you will reach the shops and restaurants of Seaport Village. Just beyond Seaport Village you’ll catch great views to the Coronado Peninsula across the water.
Just west of the downtown core, this San Diego hotel is across the street from the cruise ship terminal, Coronado ferry, and the Maritime Museum. The Gaslamp Quarter and Petco Park are within 1.5 miles.
In the heart of downtown San Diego, this historic boutique hotel is 2 blocks from Horton Plaza, 4 blocks from the Gaslamp Quarter, and 6 blocks from the San Diego Convention Center and the cruise ship terminal.
This expansive highrise hotel towers over San Diego Bay next to the Seaport Village retail complex, 1 block from the convention center, and 2 blocks from the historic Gaslamp Quarter.
Embassy Suites San Diego Bay, with its 12-story atrium, is situated on the waterfront, 1 block from Seaport Village and the Embarcadero, and 6 blocks from the Gaslamp Quarter entertainment district.
This recently renovated 4-story hotel is within 4 blocks of PETCO Park, the San Diego Convention Center, Horton Plaza shopping, and 100 restaurants and bars; Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo are a 2-minute drive away.
Located in Little Italy, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Firehouse Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. USS Midway Museum and San Diego City College are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This traditional boutique hotel, across from shopping and dining at Horton Plaza, is 3 blocks from the historic Gaslamp Quarter and 6 blocks from the cruise ship terminal and the Convention Center.
Located in a quieter section of downtown San Diego, the Best Western Bayside Inn is located at the entrance to Little Italy. The San Diego Harbor is 3 blocks away.