San Diego, CA

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Destination Tips: To help you know when you go!

Nothing like a good introduction:


San Diego Basics

San Diego Official Website

36 Hours in San Diego New York Times

San Diego Tripadvisor

Free Things to Do in San Diego



Known For:


Sunny, blue, blue skies, beaches and boats…and, the Fourth of July – this town is friendly, clean and lovely. It is a sprawling metropolis with distinct areas and cities near-by with lots to offer tourists with different tastes. The Navy legacy, deep history tied to the Spanish exploration and a shared border with Mexico makes this a unique place with a definite sense of place. Driving in the city can be a challenge because of traffic; but, with its unique and very busy one runway airport in Downtown everything is not too far away. And, because of the constant airplanes overhead this downtown is low rise and easy to navigate and explore. Public transportation is reliable. And, car rentals are reasonable. This city has the largest Park in the US, Balboa which is a wonderful cultural center and more with its vast array of excellent museums and its world famous zoo. The Naval history is everywhere from the re-done Liberty Station to the most often visited museum on the USS Midway Navel Carrier. Ethnic areas: Italian and Mexican have their own vibe. Restaurants are good and reasonable in price for the most part. Vistas like Point Loma are unparalleled. Like most cities with nice year around weather there is a homeless population and this city is grappling with it especially in its Downtown corridor. Specific areas each with their own identity offer unique opportunities for leisure and learning from amusement park and goings- on at Mission Bay, to the Torrey Pines Natural Reserve and hang-gliding to, upscale La Jolla and its shoreline and sea lions. San Diego, which I have visited many times, remains one of my favorite get-aways with its nice people, great weather and so much to do.



This Particular Getaway – What We Particularly Liked:


The Fourth of July is a special celebration in this city and we were happy we experienced it. Get yourself placed in a good hotel close to the fireworks and enjoy the show. Balboa Park deserves much more time and attention than we had – we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. We missed the USS Midway Museum but found the Maritime Museum very good. Little Italy with its growing restaurant core was fun. We missed spending a day at the beach though we visited Coronado and La Jolla beaches both offering so much and such different experiences. Pacific Beach is another place to spend a sunny day relaxing by the Pacific Ocean. In the end, what we particularly liked was the vast array of things one can do when in San Diego…any and all combinations of exploration simply let you know: there is always more….should you choose to come again…and, you should!


Fourth of July in San Diego


A Place to Lay Your Head:


Best Western Plus Island Palms


Large Property

Great variety of guest rooms and styles

No elevators

Two pools

Fitness Center

Massage therapy

Jogging/biking/walking paths

Complimentary bike rentals

Marina and Bay Views

Children Free with an Adult

No Pets –Service Dogs with certificate or vest

Parking outside on premises w permit $10 a night

Some ADA Accessible rooms

Specialty Rates, AAA, etc…



Maps: San Diego



Old Town Trolley Tours Map

Regional Transit Map


Getting Around: Car, ferry, public transit, Old Town Trolley and feet.


Rental Cars

Coronado Water Taxi

MTS – Metropolitan Transit System (San Diego Trolley System)

Old Town Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off

Walking Maps Frommers


Some History:


History of San Diego

Timeline San Diego History

More History


Museums: San Diego is a mecca of museums…great ones small and large!


Museums and Passes

Balboa Park Museums

USS Midway Museum

Maritime Museum

Free Museum Days San Diego


Parks, Gardens

Historic Sites


To Do with Kids










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