San Diego is a city that’s all about perfect weather, lovely settings, world class attractions in a laid back atmosphere. It is a town that boasts an eclectic spirit of historic, artistic and innovative infrastructure. That’s why we found it way more than just a beach destination. Here are places which prove its cultural worth.
(1549 El Prado Balboa Park San Diego, CA 92101)
Aptly named “a landscape of art and culture,” Balboa Park is certainly a breathtaking experience of nature, grace and art in the heart of sunny San Diego. The art and design of the complex is enclosed cloisters, palatial gardens, halls of art and theater, refined fountains, proud promenades and ornate architecture reminiscent of Spanish imperial and classical forms. It is not just a park, but a cultural epicenter which has something to impress everyone.
San Diego Zoo/ Wild Animal Park
(2920 Zoo Drive San Diego, CA 92101)
The San Diego Zoo is known the world over for its impressive collection, study, preservation and presentation of species. The park is actually set in two locations, one in the city proper and the other North in Vista, CA. There are inclusive passes for both, but the most popular and original is the downtown branch of the zoo. It is a landmark that will surely entertain. Many rare and threatened species seen here are found nowhere else in captivity.
(614 5th Ave. San Diego, CA 92101)
This is the downtown setting of San Diego just in the shadows of the tall highrises. Refreshingly this quarter is just two story row homes, shopfronts and historic venues that offer many delights in gastronomic fare, boutique hotels and clever pubs. Weather being so agreeable most places have outdoor spots for dining and open windows letting culture move both ways in and out of the establishments. 5th street is the center of the action.
(849 W. Harbor Drive, Suite D San Diego, CA 92101)
This is the original home to signature events, one stop shopping and the best in the center of town in San Diego. Seaport Village is a conglomerate of shops, restaurants and entertainment. It has almost 70 various venues to explore and cherish in the place where the defining sea meets the busy cityscape.
Maritime Museum of San Diego
(1492 N Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101)
This is a unique museum just by the downtown waterfront of the city. It boasts an impressive collection of historic and restored ships from all different backgrounds and brings fun to life for those curious about maritime history both young and old. The museum is home to many of the city’s waterfront displays and attractions year round.
Hotel Del Coronado
(1500 Orange Ave Coronado, CA 92118)
Coronado Island is a beautiful spot sitting across from downtown San Diego out in the Ocean. Its most famed view is that of a piercing red tent-like dome and mansion that lines the beach known as ‘Hotel Del’, by locals. It is one of the largest and oldest resorts on the Pacific Coast. It is choc-full of amenities, world class service and Victorian-era décor and charm, along with a good many modern comforts too.
Cabrillo National Monument
(1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr. San Diego, CA 92106)
The Cabrillo Monument celebrates the first explorer of the same name from Europe to first set eyes on the West coast of the USA. It is now a point of attraction, beautiful natural rock formations and a state park. The area is popular among visitors, walkers, history buffs and even youngsters learning about how to care for and interact with nature.