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Popular Attractions in San Diego

If you're a first time visitor to San Diego, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but it may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about attractions in San Diego.

What are some good attractions in San Diego?

Here are some of the most recommended attractions in San Diego.

Balboa Park
1549 El Prado San Diego, CA

(619) 239-0512
San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive San Diego, CA

(619) 231-1515
Old Town San Diego
Jackson Street and Mason Street San Diego, CA
Ocean Beach
Narragansett Avenue and Bacon Street San Diego, CA
La Jolla
San Diego, CA
Ocean Beach (California)
Narragansett Avenue and Bacon Street San Diego, CA
Torrey Pines State Park
San Diego, CA

(858) 755-2063
Seaport Village
849 W Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA

(619) 235-4014
Point Loma
Cabrillo Memorial Drive and Mc Clelland Road San Diego, CA
USS Midway Museum
910 N Harbor Dr San Diego, CA

(619) 544-9600
North Park
San Diego, CA
500 Sea World Dr San Diego, CA

(619) 226-3915
Cabrillo National Monument
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr San Diego, CA

(619) 557-5450
Coronado Beach
San Diego, CA

(619) 522-7346
Mount Soledad
San Diego, CA


Here's what Trippy members had to say about attractions:

"Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo in day 1"  See More

Del MarEncinitasCarlsbad are all fantastic with great beaches and access to LegolandSan Diego Zoo, etc."  See More

La JollaCoronadoOcean BeachPacific Beach and Mission Beach areas will have more tourists attractions and photo ops while places like La MesaHillcrest Neighborhood/Bankers HillAlpineSantee all have small town charm and will definitely be cheaper than the beach areas."  See More

"The beachfront suburb of La Jolla is very nice."  See More

"While you're in the area, take a hike up to the top of Torrey Pines State Park."  See More

"Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, USS Midway Museum, any harbor tour, San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park"  See More

"If looking for a more budget location, Point Loma and Mission Valley are also ok, a 5~10 minutes drive (Uber) to those beaches."  See More

"For shopping, North Park area has some cool shops."  See More

"If you're in town on a Saturday, check out the Little Italy Mercato Farmers' Market SeaWorld"  See More

"The Cabrillo National Monument commemorates the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542, the first time that a European expedition arrived at the west coast of the USA."  See More

"There's also La Jolla, Mission Beach, and Coronado Beach."  See More

"Packing a picnic lunch (you can pick up some great sandwiches Cheese Shop) and hiking to the beach at Torrey Pines State Park Watching the sunset at La Jolla Cove or Mount Soledad Dessert at Extraordinary Desserts (two locations, but I like the Hillcrest location better) Strolling around Balboa Park Grabbing some amazing BBQ to go at Phil's BBQ and taking it over to the beach behind Hotel Del Coronado Have brunch in Hillcrest!"  See More

Where can I find out more about San Diego?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from San Diego locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about San Diego.

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