With 1,200 acres, Balboa Park is the country’s largest urban cultural park. Enjoy miles of garden walks past period architecture, museums and attractions like the San Diego Museum of Art, Natural History Museum, San Diego Air & Space Museum, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, the Museum of Man, botanical gardens, fountains and Spanish-Renaissance style structures.
The monument commemorates Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo’s 1542 discovery of what is now California. Some of the best views of San Diego Harbor, the Pacific Ocean and the mountains can be found here. The old Point Loma Lighthouse has been restored to its 1850s appearance.
Enjoy free walking tours of Old Historic Escondido’s Victorian homes and Craftsman bungalows, the California Center for the Arts, the Friday night Cruisin’ Grand for car enthusiasts, and more. From the Escondido Transit Center, downtown is a short walk or ride the BREEZE Route 350.
The Gaslamp Quarter is downtown San Diego’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment neighborhood. With more than 200 restaurants, bars, nightclubs and lounges, boutiques, art galleries and shops to peruse, the Gaslamp Quarter has established itself both as the playground of hip and as an elite urban destination.
The San Diego Zoo is well-known for its 100 acres of lush, naturalistic habitats and unique animal encounters, it is home to more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals representing approximately 660 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 plants.
From the border, walk or taxi to the heart of Tijuana, Avenida Revolución, for duty-free shopping and an authentic taste of Mexico at restaurants, open-air cafés, taco carts and more.