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

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
4 out of 5
1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
The price is $169 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Downtown San Diego, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of USS Midway Museum and Balboa Park. San Diego Convention Center and San Diego Zoo are also ...
4/5Very Good! (4,240 reviews)
"This is an amazing location to stay at. Park is right across street one way and ocean is right across street other way, with food and shopping. Hotel is well kept and staff friendly. We would definitely stay here again and recommend."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
4 out of 5
1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA
The price is $188 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Downtown San Diego, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seaport Village, San Diego Bay, and San Diego Convention Center. USS Midway ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (3,282 reviews)
"excellent service"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA
The price is $203 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
This family-friendly San Diego resort is located on the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Mission Bay and Ski Beach. Dog Beach is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.
4.2/5Excellent! (2,382 reviews)
"Paradise Point is an amazing resort!!!!! We will definitely stay there again! The staff was awesome. The grounds are so gorgeous. There is so many fun things to do. The food is delicious. Our room was clean, spacious and so pretty! Exceeded our expectations!!"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Paradise Point Resort & Spa
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Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley/Zoo
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley/Zoo
3 out of 5
445 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA
The price is $131 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Mission Valley, this aparthotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Mission Valley Mall and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Riverwalk Golf Club. San Diego Zoo and University ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (870 reviews)
"Personal was great the pool a tad cold Great munchie selection tv in each room Smoking section"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley/Zoo
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Hotel Circle/SeaWorld Area
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Hotel Circle/SeaWorld Area
3 out of 5
2201 Hotel Circle S, San Diego, CA
The price is $144 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Located in Mission Valley, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Hotel Circle and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Mission Valley Mall. Old Town San Diego State Park and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,169 reviews)
"Spacious room, very clean, lots of attractions close by, and friendly staff!"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Hotel Circle/SeaWorld Area
Sonesta ES Suites San Diego - Sorrento Mesa
Sonesta ES Suites San Diego - Sorrento Mesa
3 out of 5
6639 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA
The price is $179 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 19
Located in Sorrento Valley, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Westfield UTC, University of California-San Diego, and Torrey Pines State Reserve. Marine ...
4.4/5Excellent! (732 reviews)
"Great place to stay. I would definitely recommend."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites San Diego - Sorrento Mesa
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