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San Diego

Whether you're heading to San Diego County for a couple of days or a longer vacation, you will find plenty of cultural, historical and scenic attractions to keep you entertained.

It is an area of Southern California that approximately 1,300,000 people reside in.

You can find this destination some 470 miles from Sacramento, the state capital of California. It's also roughly 18 miles from Del Mar.

There are a small number of destinations in the world that are truly world-class and San Diego County is one of them because of sights like the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld. The San Diego State University and Legoland California are also internationally famous.

Hang out with the kids at Aquatica and Belmont Park. If you're looking for even more family fun, head onwards to Boomers El Cajon and the Balboa Park Carousel.

Observing the intriguing world of marine plants and animals is a whole lot of fun at Birch Aquarium and Sealife Aquarium.

You'll be able to take loads of photos of the carnivores and herbivores at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and the California Wolf Center. Get involved in some interactive activities at the Lions, Tigers & Bears to round out your zoological experience.

There are few things in life more memorable than a well-crafted wine. Sample some of the region's finest at the Bernardo Winery or the Fallbrook Winery. Looking for one or two more? The Ferrara Winery and the Orfila Vineyard and Winery are also highly praised.

Even though you're advised to gamble responsibly, everyone still has a blast at the Valley View Casino and the Viejas Casino. If you're on a hot streak, continue on to the Santa Ysabel Casino or the Golden Acorn Casino.

You'll be amazed by the variety of plants on display when you and your friends stop by the San Diego Botanic Garden and the Desert Garden. Many travelers also enjoy inspecting the collections at the Flower Fields of Carlsbad and the Water Conservation Garden.

Bring along a bite to eat and take it easy for a while in the lush surroundings of the Balboa Park and Ocean Beach Park. You'll also find plenty of space to lounge about in the grass at Centennial Park and Heritage Park.

With such a variety of things to check out in San Diego County, you're going to need help deciding. Once you've arrived, pick up some local knowledge at Carlsbad Convention and Visitor Information. House of Hospitality and Visitor Information Center are two more useful places to stop in at.

Expanses of fresh water almost always attract an intriguing array of critters. Pull out the old binoculars at Lake Cuyamaca and Lake Murray and see what you can spot. If that fails, maybe you'll have more luck at Lake Jennings or Dixon Lake.

Be sure to take some time to explore the lovely stretches of coast, such as Coronado Beach and Mission Beach. Windansea Beach and Silver Strand State Beach are also quite popular.

Leave your phone in the glove compartment and have a break from the stresses of the modern world at Old Town San Diego State Park and Mission Trails Regional Park. Nature-loving visitors will also enjoy Mount Soledad and Torrey Pines State Reserve.

See the world from a new perspective by visiting one of the area's educational cultural institutions. The San Diego Air and Space Museum and the San Diego Model Railroad Museum offer a range of collections that are bound to keep you captivated. The California Surf Museum and the Firehouse Museum are also worthwhile.

Embark on a voyage to the USS Midway Museum and the Maritime Museum of San Diego, a captivating day out for the entire crew.

The eclectic exhibit of scientific contraptions and inventions at the Fleet Science Center ought to keep science enthusiasts stimulated for hours. But if you're looking for something more, the Fleet Science Center is another fascinating science museum worth discovering.

From the moment you walk through the doors, it's obvious that the collections of the San Diego Natural History Museum and the Museum of Man are the product of obsession. Looking back from behind protective glass, these impressive specimens can't help but spark your imagination. The San Diego Archaeological Center and the GIA Museum are also worth checking out.

San Diego County is a hub of artistic activity, with gallery and exhibition spaces all over. Pay a visit to the San Diego Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego for some great examples of what this creative enclave has to offer. If you can fit them in, the Timken Museum of Art and the Mingei International Museum are also well worth your time.

Travel back through time and uncover secrets of yesteryear at the Junipero Serra Museum and the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. Do you like the sound of those? There's even more to be seen at the Julian Pioneer Museum and the Coronado Museum of History and Art.

To find out more about the people and places of this region's past, make sure you visit its many historic structures and monuments. Commence your history tour at the Geisel Library and the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala. You might also like to get out the camera and snap some photos at the Smith Ranch and the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base.

Whether you're spiritual or not, you'll be sure to have a nice time at Rock Church and Mission San Luis Rey Church. If you want to check out some more religious sites, have a stroll around Mount Ecclesia and Santa Ysabel Mission.

Before you pack your bags and make your way home, be sure to stop by a few of San Diego County's other attractions. Seaport Village and San Diego Yacht Club are two possible options. If you've got more time to spare, also think about visiting the Chula Vista Nature Center and the California Center For The Arts.

Accommodation in San Diego

When a destination is as exciting as San Diego, it's not surprising that there's a massive range of hotel deals to choose from. You can find 215 San Diego hotels on Expedia's easy-to-browse hotel booking website.

Travelers keen on finding a place to stay at the upper-end of the scale will be delighted, San Diego features a number of upmarket options, including the Hotel del Coronado, at 1500 Orange Ave, and the Paradise Point Resort & Spa, at 1404 Vacation Rd. The La Avenida Inn, at 1315 Orange Avenue, and the Days Inn San Diego/Downtown/Convention Center, at 833 Ash Street are two lower priced options worth checking out if you're looking to save a bit of cash.

Guide to Exploring San Diego County

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The Horton Grand Hotel

The Horton Grand Hotel

311 Island Ave, San Diego
of 5, from 3,499 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

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.

Wyndham Garden San Diego Near SeaWorld

Wyndham Garden San Diego Near SeaWorld

3737 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego
of 5, from 3,472 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in San Diego, this family-friendly hotel is 1 mile from SeaWorld Adventure Park and 2 miles from Mission Beach. Belmont Park is 2.4 miles away.

Bahia Resort Hotel

Bahia Resort Hotel

998 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego
of 5, from 4,451 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Only 8 miles from the airport, Bahia Resort Hotel is secluded on a 14-acre peninsula along the shores of Mission Bay, just 1 block from Mission Beach and a short ride from Pacific Beach.

Wyndham San Diego Bayside

Wyndham San Diego Bayside

1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego
of 5, from 6,464 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

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.

The Dana on Mission Bay

The Dana on Mission Bay

1710 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego
of 5, from 7,022 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Adjacent to San Diego's Mission Bay, this 13-acre hotel is within 2 miles of SeaWorld and Mission Beach, and 6 miles of the San Diego Zoo.

Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina

Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina

1380 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego
of 5, from 6,872 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated on San Diego Bay with its own marina, the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina is 1 mile (1.6 km) away from San Diego International Airport, and just 10 minutes by car from the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Old Town, the Gaslamp District, Liberty Station and the convention center.

Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle Near SeaWorld

Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle Near SeaWorld

543 Hotel Circle S, San Diego
of 5, from 7,874 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in San Diego's Mission Valley corridor just off I-8, this San Diego hotel is a half-mile from 2 shopping centers, and within 5 miles of SeaWorld, downtown, Balboa Park, and the San Diego Zoo.

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

1 Park Blvd, San Diego
of 5, from 5,256 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Rising 30 stories above San Diego Bay, this modern Hilton is adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center, across from Petco Park, and 3 blocks from the Gaslamp Quarter. The San Diego Zoo is 2 miles away.

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