Top Ten Things to See in San Diego

Top Ten Things to See in San Diego
San Diego is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The mild year-round temperatures and beautiful scenery make this an ideal place to visit, play and live. For tourists, there are some must-see attractions. Enjoy these 10 things to see in San Diego.


Coronado, the small peninsula off of downtown San Diego, is full of white beaches, quaint shops, historic hotels and many restaurants. Take the ferry from downtown to get the most out of your experience.

La Jolla Cove

North of downtown San Diego, La Jolla is a popular tourist beach town. While enjoying the sights and sounds of La Jolla, visit Cove Beach. Bring your snorkel gear with you and spend some time in the shallow waters.

Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter is a 16-block historic district in downtown San Diego. Its Victorian architecture and specialty shops are very popular. There are plenty of restaurants and clubs, too, so there is a lot to do after sunset.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

One of San Diego's most beautiful destinations, Torrey Pines Natural Reserve offers a view of the Pacific Ocean unlike any other. Spend some time playing in the park, hike one of the many trails along the ocean and pack a lunch to eat overlooking the sea.

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in the world. With over 4,000 animals, this attraction is home to various state-of-the-art exhibits and habitats. With the zoo's breeding program, there is a good chance you will see a baby animal during your visit.

Sea World

Called San Diego's most popular destination, Sea World makes for a great day in the sun. Watch the seals, manatees, walruses and penguins in their own habitat exhibits. Do not leave without watching the Shamu show.

Petco Park

Home to the San Diego Padres, Petco Park baseball stadium sits downtown, a short distance from the ocean. Enjoy a game from the stands or get a discount ticket for the grassy field behind the outfield.

Old Town

Old Town is full of historical San Diego restaurants and shops. There are historical buildings, stables, a blacksmith shop and some of the best Mexican food in the area.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a popular attraction and is home to 15 museums and botanical gardens. Take in the Spanish Colonial architecture, get in on the daily park tours, and visit on Tuesdays for free admission to select museums.

Oceanside Pier

Located in the northern part of San Diego County, Oceanside Pier offers many attractions for visitors. Walk the pier, fish in the ocean and visit the 1940s-style diner Ruby's, which is one of Oceanside's most famous restaurants.

Article Written By Jack Stone

Jack Stone, a 25-year-old freelance writer, has been writing professionally since 2009 for sites such as eHow, Golflink and Trails. He holds a Bachelor of Theology from Ozark Christian College, a certificate to teach English to speakers of other languages from Biola University and a Masters of Arts degree from Wheaton College.

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