With year-round sunshine and 70 miles of spectacular coast, San Diego just might be paradise. The city is clean, friendly and unhurried, with tons of attractions and glorious beaches. Ridiculously family-friendly, it’s home to SeaWorld, the renowned San Diego Zoo and the mother ship, LEGOLAND.
See where it all began at Mission San Diego de Alcala, California’s oldest mission. Explore San Diego’s naval history on the USS Midway aircraft carrier and the Maritime Museum. Enjoy lunch in Little Italy and stroll it off in lovely Balboa Park, home to museums, gardens and the Zoo. Due north is LGBT enclave Hillcrest, filled with independent stores and restaurants.
San Diego is called America’s Craft Beer Capital; find out why at 70+ breweries. Historic Gaslamp Quarter is packed with restaurants, bars and nightclubs, while in-the-know foodies head for the East Village. Hop a ferry to Coronado Island, with some of the best beaches in the country, or explore upscale beach town La Jolla. For a laid-back surfer vibe, try tie-dyed Ocean Beach.