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Seeing it all in San Diego

Mar 8, 2007  Classic internet researcher and bargain hunter
3.5 of 5 bubbles based on 14 votes

We wanted to see as much as possible in three and a half short days in San Diego. We bought the Go San Diego Cards to reduce admissions across many activities for 2 days, and the other day and a half we filled with Disneyland and La Jolla Cove.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: San Diego, La Jolla
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Sports buffs, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Students, Budget travelers, Active/adventure
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. San Diego Zoo
    San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California

    The zoo is famous and the zoo is large. I wasn't exactly thrilled with the zoo, but it was a good day and worth seeing at least once. Put on your sneakers as we found that the express busses really didn't go to the places we wanted to or still needed to see. It is at least a 4-5 hour activity if you want to see the bulk of it. If you want to see the baby Pandas, be sure to check if they're out. They weren't when we were there and I was dissapointed.

  • 2. San Diego Harbor Tour

    The harbor tour was a great way to spend the late afternoon. We took the South Tour since it departed later (and after we saw the zoo) and we were planning on the Whale Watch Tour the next day, which went north. It was a nice, relaxing way to see San Diego from the water side. There was a lot of information about the ships in the harbor, but I most enjoyed the sunset over the water.

  • 3. Petco Park
    Petco Park, San Diego, California

    We toured Petco Park and it was a very interesting and information tour. A must for anyone who loves seeing baseball stadiums. Some great history behind the stadium and how they built it.

  • 4. San Diego Whale Watching

    The whale watching was fabulous. It's a nice long tour and we saw some exotic fish, birds, two types of dolphins, and, of course, whales. The naturalists are very knowledgable and keep it interesting for adults and kids alike. It's nice that they guarantee you see a whale, even if it may be hard for some to cash in on their guarantee if they plan their trip thoroughly.

  • 5. Disneyland

    While this is about an hour and a half out of San Diego, we decided to take the drive and go see it. It lacked the magic of DisneyWorld, however, and most of the rides were the same that were in DisneyWorld but with less options. The dining was fair at best. A trip would be fun for a day with kids, however, as two adults trying to enjoy a youthful day, it was lacking.

  • 6. Seaport Village
    Seaport Village, San Diego, California

    We stumbled on Seaport Village on our last night in San Diego. It was a great stroll at night to pick up some souveniers and get some dinner along the harbor. Most of the shops are pretty tacky, touristy stores, but it's fun shopping if you need something to bring home for the loved ones who would expect nothing less.

  • 7. La Jolla Cove
    La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, San Diego

    This cove is beautiful. We drove for a while to find parking, however, once we finally did we found out it was good fortune that we hadn't found parking earlier. We parked right near Children's Beach, which has been taken over by harbor seals who are in the process of birthing their young. To see seals with their day or two old pups was amazing (go between mid-December and mid-May to see them). It was also a gorgeous view of the cove and offered a great beach (if it were warm enough). Don't forget to donate to the seal conservation society there!