Being the oldest and the second largest city in California, San Diego continues to impress tourists till today with its historical prominence and mild climate.
If you are in for a quick trip to San Diego then listed down below are the top 5 places that you should not forget to visit:
- Balboa Park: This place is primarily of historical importance. It has many museums, historical building, gardens and wide stretches of green land. As this park was created for the Panama California Exhibition of 1915-1916, many buildings and formations from that event are still existent here. The buildings are low level that is particularly Spanish-Mexican style. Some prominent places to see here are the San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego zoo, Botanical gardens and the Museum of Man.
- SeaWorld San Diego: SeaWorld San Diego is located along the waterfront of Mission bay. This is the ideal place to visit if you are visiting with your family as the exotic shows put up by killer whales, dolphins, and California sea lions are a visual treat especially for the kids. There are special facilities to allow close up looks at sharks and many other sea creatures through a transparent aquatic tunnel and even close encounters with dolphins. Also there are roller coasters, water slides and other exciting rides for children.
- Point Loma and Cabrillo National Monument: Getting to Point Loma along a roadway will surely take your breath away since the journey to this place has some amazing scenic beauties to offer. Point Loma is the place that you choose to get beautiful views of San Diego and the Pacific Ocean. The Old Point Loma Lighthouse that was built in 1858 is located here. The Cabrillo National Monument hosts many displays and writings of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and his “Voyage of Discovery”.
- Gaslamp Quarter: Gaslamp Quarter National Historic District that runs from Broadway to San Diego bay is located in downtown San Diego. It has refurbished 19th century Victorian Building. Now it is a popular shopping site in San Diego with many shopping stores, restaurants, and galleries. High end hotels here are a favourite with the business travellers and selected tourists. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala: This place has a historical past so prominent that this is considered a National Historic Landmark. Back in the year 1769 the Spanish Franciscan Father from Majorca, Junipero Serra, founded California’s first mission station. Many disputes arose between the Spanish troops and the Indians due to which the Indians set fire to the new mission. Later the Fathers built a new mission with the help of Indians. The old church with a bell tower declared a basilica in 1970, a small museum and a beautiful garden here are fascinating stuff for visitors to see.
If you have plans to stay in San Diego there are affordable and luxury San Diego hotels spread in various parts of the city. Do take some time out to relax on the cosy beaches of San Diego. Hipmunk.com shall tell you more about hotels in San Diego.