1. Balboa Park - This 1,200 acre space is San Diego’s cultural hub, boasting beautiful gardens and Spanish Renaissance architecture. In addition, the park is home to theatres and museums, such as the Old Globe Theatre and the San Diego Air and Space Museum.
2. USS Midway Museum - Situated at Navy Pier, the USS Midway was the longest serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Approximately 200,000 sailors served aboard the carrier from 1945-1992. Aboard the carrier are 60 different exhibits and 29 restored aircraft. On display in different areas of the 4-acre flight deck are the control room, engine room and crew’s quarters.
3. La Jolla Cove - A picturesque cove and beach by cliffs in La Jolla, the Cove is protected as a reserve rich in marine life. Popular activities for which the Cove is renowned include swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.
4. San Diego Zoo Safari Park - The 100 acres of expansive natural habitat are home to 4,000 animals and one of the most famous zoos in America. With designated trails and treetop walks, the Park offers an up-close experience with some of the world’s most exotic animals. As indicated in the name, the Park also offers zip-lining and caravan safaris.
5. Torrey Pints State National Reserve - The 1,700 acre space came to have its name as it protects one of America’s rarest pine trees - the Torrey Pine. Aside from hiking and bird-watching, the park hosts breath-taking views of the coastline and is home to two of the city’s favoured secluded beaches - Black’s Beach and Torrey Pines State Beach.
6. Gaslamp Quarter - An array of shops, galleries and restaurants are housed in the Victorianstyle buildings along the 16 blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter. One can explore the neighborhood and its side streets or hop on an Old Town Trolley Tour to explore the busy district.
7. Mission Beach - The two mile stretch of beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean fits the California life stereotype of crowds of surfers and sunbathers, accompanied close-by with cyclists and skaters on the boardwalk. Many beachside restaurants line the boardwalk for when one has had enough of sharing the beach with the seals.
8. Cabrillo National Monument - 422 feet above sea-level at the southern tip of Point Loma stands the statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European explorer to navigate the Californian coast. The spot boasts amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and the activity of the naval base can be seen below.
9. Sunset Cliffs National Park - The sandstone cliffs are situated at Point Loma’s peninsula on the western shoreline, along with untouched vegetation and mostly unspoiled hiking trails. A car or some form of transport is needed to get here but travelers say that the views make the extra effort worthwhile.
10. Maritime Museum of San Diego - One can observe various types of vessels from submarines to sailing ships and get an in-depth look at San Diego’s once bustling seaport. As well as doing boat tours, one can look at several permanent and visiting showcases which demonstrate the maritime legacy through artefacts.