San Diego's biggest attractions are its beaches, followed by Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Old Town San Diego and the USS Midway Museum. Coronado Island is home to its own string of beaches and the Hotel Del Coronado, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.Continue Reading
Sea World sits on Mission Bay and another group of family-friendly beaches. It is one of the few places where a visitor can work on her tan and visit Arctic penguins on the same day. The San Diego Zoo, located in Balboa Park, is a world renowned animal park that keeps its charges in natural-like settings.
Balboa Park is a destination in its own right, home to a vintage 1910 carousel, the Balboa Park Miniature Railroad, dog parks, hiking and biking trails, golf courses and countless gardens and museums. The USS Midway Museum is the actual aircraft carrier, docked at Navy Pier. A self-guided tour leads guests to exhibits throughout the ship.
Old Town San Diego is where the Spanish first settled in California and is a designated State Historical Park. Amid the restored buildings, some dating back to the 1800s, are restaurants, bars, shops and museums. Around the edges of old town are a few hotels, each designed to blend in with the vintage Old Town San Diego architecture.Learn more about Geography