Sunny San Diego Welcomes You
San Diego’s warm weather and 70 miles of coastline have long attracted vacationing out-of-towners, but the city’s inland scene is also full of things to do. The Gaslamp Quarter is arguably the trendiest listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The area forms both the historic center of town and a hub of San Diego nightlife, with nearly 100 Victorian-era buildings occupied by high-end boutiques, jewelers, and gourmet restaurants.
Head west to Del Mar and other California beaches, like the famous Torrey Pines or Carlsbad State Beach. Families and adventurers will enjoy the number of theme parks that attract millions of visitors per year, all within 45 minutes. These include Legoland, San Diego Safari Park and the original SeaWorld.
Just 30 minutes south lies the bustling nightlife of Downtown San Diego’s iconic neighborhoods, like the Gaslamp District, Hillcrest, North Park, and Little Italy. A stroll through iconic Balboa Park takes you past 17 separate museums, as well as the world-famous and much beloved San Diego Zoo. There’s also the vibrant Spanish Village Art Center, a living gallery where local artists produce pottery, hand-blown glass, and oil paintings for sale.
Farther north, in Old Town—site of the first European settlement in California—shops in Mission-style stucco buildings sell colorful wrestling masks, woven baskets, and maracas. Nearby stands the Whaley House Museum, dubbed one of the Most Terrifying Places in America by the Travel Channel. Ghosts of former residents are said to inhabit the rooms, which are filled with Victorian furniture, eerie dolls, and squeegees for ectoplasm cleanup.