San Diego, CA

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Marina District featuring a bay or harbor
On the sun-drenched Pacific coast, this Southern California city provides great beaches, a famous zoo, historic sites and exciting nightlife.

San Diego is one of the most populated U.S. cities, but its laid-back lifestyle and pleasant open spaces give it a crowd-free feel. Bring the family to enjoy zoos, parks and beaches or have a romantic vacation with winery tours, great food and cultural evenings.

In Balboa Park near downtown, the famous San Diego Zoo has giant pandas, koalas and more than 3,500 animals in natural habitats, as well as 700,000 exotic plants. See more wild animals or even spend the night at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park north of the city. Enjoy marine animals and rides at SeaWorld®.

Along the ocean northwest of downtown is La Jolla. Hike past craggy trees in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and watch for whales beyond the shoreline. Play at the renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course or visit the beaches along this peninsula to swim and watch sea lions.

In San Diego Bay, tour the USS Midway Museum, a retired aircraft carrier with 29 planes from World War II to Desert Storm as well as exciting flight simulators. A few blocks north is the Maritime Museum of San Diego, with restored tall ships from the days of early explorers.

San Diego has more than 70 miles (110 kilometers) of beaches for snorkeling, swimming, surfing and watersports. Enjoy the sands of Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and Windansea Beach.

The city has abundant cultural attractions including more than 15 museums and performance venues in Balboa Park. Attend first-run and popular touring plays at La Jolla Playhouse.

Visit the Gaslamp Quarter to view historic Victorian homes and sample San Diego’s fine dining and exciting nightlife. See a professional baseball game at Petco Park or let the kids enjoy interactive exhibits at the New Children’s Museum.

Fly into San Diego International Airport or drive along the scenic coastal highway and stop to view the Pacific Ocean. Visit some of the county’s 100 wineries. End your days with sunsets at Cabrillo National Monument or La Jolla Cove.

Where to stay in San Diego

Legacy Resort Hotel & Spa
Legacy Resort Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
875 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA, 92108
The price is $149 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
$149
per night
Dec 4 - Dec 5
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in San Diego. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,670 reviews)
"Very accommodating and super friendly, beautiful place."

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Legacy Resort Hotel & Spa
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
4 out of 5
1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA, 92101
The price is $152 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$152
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in San Diego. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (5,714 reviews)
"Only negative was the bay-view window was covered in dust and the parking spots were all sized for compact cars. Get two SUV parked side to side and no room to open doors"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Omni San Diego Hotel
Omni San Diego Hotel
4 out of 5
675 L St, San Diego, CA, 92101
The price is $161 per night from Dec 29 to Dec 30
$161
per night
Dec 29 - Dec 30
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in San Diego. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,991 reviews)
"Was very happy with my stay. Wish they would offer free breakfast as part of the package"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Omni San Diego Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
4 out of 5
1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA, 92101
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in San Diego. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (5,714 reviews)
"Only negative was the bay-view window was covered in dust and the parking spots were all sized for compact cars. Get two SUV parked side to side and no room to open doors"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Omni San Diego Hotel
Omni San Diego Hotel
4 out of 5
675 L St, San Diego, CA, 92101
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in San Diego. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,991 reviews)
"Was very happy with my stay. Wish they would offer free breakfast as part of the package"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Omni San Diego Hotel
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
4 out of 5
207 5th Ave, San Diego, CA, 92101
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in San Diego. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a nightclub. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,048 reviews)
Great location
"Check in was quick and easy. Room was spacious and comfortable. You did get road noise but it's okay. Great location. Easy 10 min walk to the Marina and quick walk to Gaslamp."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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