3 Days in San Diego
San Diego is one of the many jewels in the crown of the gorgeous state of California, where wide sandy beaches give way to the cultural hub of the historic Gaslamp quarter, allowing you to migrate straight from the beach to the bar in a matter of minutes! San Diego also benefits from one of the best climates in the world, with long temperate summers and mild winters making it the perfect place to visit all year round. Even with just 3 days in San Diego, you can see so much! Here’s what we would do…
In order to make the most out of the 3 days, we would purchase a 3 day Go San Diego Card in advance. The pass costs around £138 per adult and gives you access to over 40 attractions (although if you managed all 40 in 3 days we’d be very impressed!). The pass even includes free skip the line access to one of San Diego’s best loved attractions – The San Diego Zoo. Home to over 3,700 rare and endangered animals, including koalas, polar bears and even pandas, the Zoo is one of the most iconic attractions in San Diego.
It’s a huge zoo, covering over 100 acres, and it will take up most of the day to see everything, but with the skip the line pass you’ll save time on queuing, allowing you to wind down in the evening with a free ride over to Coronado Island on the Coronado Ferry (included) for a cold beer as you watch the sun go down over the Pacific. Bliss.
Day 2 is for getting out into nature and exploring all the wonderful scenery and stunning ocean vistas the city is famous for! Drive out to La Jolla and take your pick from biking, snorkelling and kayaking experiences on one of the most beautiful beaches in San Diego. Kayaking tours run on the hour, so we would get there early to avoid the rush and get out on the ocean as soon as possible. Tours are for everyone, whether you’re an expert or you’ve never kayaked in your life! If you’d prefer to rent a bike, you can either leave with a group or go off the beaten track to explore on your own. Snorkelers will be provided with their own wetsuit, fins, snorkel and mask so that you can enjoy snorkelling off the coast in the company of Leopard sharks! There’s something for everyone in La Jolla, we can promise you that, and all these great tours are included with your Go San Diego card.
In the evening, you can hop into a GoCar Tour which takes you on a sat guided route, magically co-ordinated by GPS as you explore the harbour and Gaslamp quarters of this incredible city. Starting in Little Italy, you learn about the rise and fall of San Diego’s Italian population as your tour continues past the maritime history museum, the USS Midway, and into beautiful Seaport Village before making your way into the heart of San Diego and the Gaslamp Quarter. The Gaslamp Quarter is the perfect place to stop for dinner and drinks to round off your second day in San Diego.
On day 3, if you’re travelling with children you can get your thrills at LEGOLAND California. The California version of this major theme park boasts over 60 rides, shows and attractions to entertain the family the whole day. Best of all, it’s included absolutely free with your Go San Diego Card! Spend the day digging for fossils, riding a dragon rollercoaster and eating apple fries at one the most ‘bricktacular’ places on earth.
Adult groups or couples might prefer a 1-hour whale watching tour leaving from Newport Landing, which takes you along the Southern California bay in search of gorgeous Grey Whales. Knowledgeable crew are on hand to answer your questions as these majestic creatures leap out of the water right in front of your eyes. In the afternoon, you can check out one or two of the 16 fantastic museums included in your pass before sitting down to a delicious dinner. Due to its geographical location not far from the border with Mexico, San Diego has a thriving Mexican culinary scene which begs to be put to the test – we recommend The Old Town Mexican Café for hand-made tortillas and rotisserie style pork!
This and so much more is waiting to be explored in incredible San Diego. To find out the full list of attractions (including SeaWorld San Diego!) and pricing, read more here.
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