Travelers and residents agree that San Diego is one of the most attractive places in America, with miles of beaches and ideal temperatures all year long. To really enjoy the region, you need to do more than drive to the zoo and walk in the sand. Here are four ways to see the city from all its glorious sides.
From the Water
Most visitors to the area head straight to the beach and look out over the ocean. But if you really want to experience the water, you need to leave the beach. A yacht charter is the best way to enjoy the sun and surf that San Diego is known for. Watch for whales, snorkel or just enjoy a peaceful sunset cruise and admire the stunning city skyline, all while sitting in the lap of luxury.
Walking tours allow you to see the sights up close and interact with friendly locals. Take a ferry ride and explore Coronado Island, or just roam around one of San Diego’s historic neighborhoods. You can find tours guided by enthusiastic residents who will give you the lowdown on favorite hotspots. If you prefer to meander at your own pace, buy a guidebook or find a route online and take a self-guided trip. Themes range from tequila tasting to shopping to historical sites.
On (Small) Wheels
San Diego is a sprawling city, covering 372 square miles; walking may not allow you to cover all you want to see. However, you still may balk at the prospect of navigating a bustling, unfamiliar city with 14 major freeways. Bicycle tours offer the perfect solution. With a bike, electric-assisted bike or personal two-wheeled vehicle, you get the same intimate view of neighborhoods and historical points of interest, but see much more than you can on foot. Again, guided tours are available, but you can also design your own route. If you are not sure where to start, concentrate on Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter or the bayfront area.
From the Mountains
San Diego is known for its beaches, but it is also surrounded by beautiful mountains. Visit La Jolla’s Torrey Pines Gliderport; parking is free and the view is priceless. Cabrillo National Monument is an interesting stop in its own right, and also offers sweeping panoramas of the natural and architectural beauty of the region. If you do not mind working for your view, hike to social media favorite Potato Chip Rock — and if you have more time and energy, you can trek a bit farther and attain the summit of Mt. Woodson for an even more spectacular vista.
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