San Diego is a travel destination and for a good reason. However, with Los Angeles just two hours away, much of the attention tends to be focused there and less so on this gorgeous Southern California city.
I had the privilege of going to San Diego recently, and realized just how much this city has to offer in terms of site seeing, dining and just overall, recreation.
These are a few places I would recommend checking out, should you find yourself in town!
- The San Diego Zoo
San Diego has one of the most highly trafficked zoos in the country. This zoo has only grown in popularity in the last five years. With it’s vast amount of land, abundance of vegetation, and variety of animals and stunning tram views, the zoo is the perfect place to spend a day with your family.
My favorite part about this zoo was the koala exhibit. The San Diego Zoo has the highest concentration of koalas outside of Australia and since the koala is my favorite animal, I was ecstatic.
Another neat thing about this zoo is the free tram ride. The tram takes you from one side of zoo to the other. This ride, which lasts about five minutes, gives you beautiful views of the zoo itself, Balboa Park and downtown San Diego.
When we visited, we walked a total of around 20,000 steps and still didn’t see every exhibit. The walking is well worth it, though. Don’t miss out on this one of a kind adventure.
To learn more about the San Diego Zoo and what they have to offer, check out their website. Admission rates can also be found there.
- Balboa Park
We visited this gorgeous park late in the afternoon. The views were lovely. The park has a reflection pond, architecturally stunning buildings, and fountains galore.
Also- the amount of people who walk their dogs here is unreal. I loved seeing all of the puppers as we walked around. Nothing like petting a bunch of strangers dogs to make your day!
This park is a San Diego must see. It’s got a lot of history and culture packed into it.
Plus, it’s great for a short visit and gives you a chance to breathe and take in the beautiful world around you.
This picture was taken by the reflection pond outside one of the buildings in the park. The arch structure is consistent throughout the park and the rest of the city.
This spot was an especially popular picture location. We actually had to wait in a line to get this shot.
- La Jolla Beach
This beach is one of the best you’ll ever visit. Besides providing it’s visitors with spectacular views, it is home to hundreds of sea lions and seals.
This location allows you to get up close and personal with nature. Some people come within three feet of the sea puppies! It’s a really unique and fun experience.
The surrounding area is very luxurious. It screams wealth. Every block is adorned with palm trees and fancy houses. There are a bunch of great restaurants and shops to sift through.
This is somewhere you will definitely want to visit. It’s extremely popular with tourists and locals alike.
I was so close to so many sea lions, it was incredible. I’ve never experienced anything like this before. It’s such a crazy fun time. Visit this place if you ever get the chance.
These are just a couple of my favorite San Diego locations. If you ever find yourself in this area, these are must sees. If you can only fit in one, visit La Jolla. You won’t get anything like it anywhere else in the country.
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