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A local's Guide to San Diego (Your Ultimate Bucket List)

March 15, 2023 

Reasons to move to San Diego
Reasons to move to San Diego

San Diego, known for its beautiful beaches, warm climate, and rich cultural attractions, is definitely one of the most popular vacation destinations in California, and in the U.S. nonetheless. A short stay is never enough to be able to experience the entirety of what it has to offer. And so if you’re planning to visit, lounging on the beach is just one of the many things that you can do for the ultimate relaxing getaway. Here are the top things to do in San Diego on an extended stay:

Take a stroll in Balboa Park​

This 1,200-acre urban cultural park is home to various museums, gardens, and performing arts venues. There are endless things to do here that you could spend an entire week all that it has to offer.

  • Enjoy the World-Famous San Diego Zoo
  • Climb the California Tower
  • Ride the Balboa Park Carousel
  • Gallery-hop in the Spanish Village Art Center
  • People watch at the Botanical Building + Lilypond
  • Stroll around the Japanese Friendship Garden

While taking a stroll in Balboa Park, you’ll never have a dull moment as you dwell in the beauty of its architecture, fine arts, and natural attractions.

Check out the San Diego Zoo (so good we had to name it twice!)

While you’re in Balboa Park, you won’t wanna miss paying a visit to the 3,500 animals representing 650 species and subspecies in the world-famous San Diego Zoo. You could go on a guided tour and catch specific shows and exhibits ranging from African Plains to the Polar Bear Plunge with each exhibit featuring lovely animals from different parts of the world. Don’t forget to take the Skyfari, an aerial tram that tours you with views over the zoo and Balboa Park (it’s free)!

Tour around Old Town San Diego

From the name itself, Old Town is a historic neighborhood considered the birthplace of California and houses a number of historic buildings, shops, and restaurants that will make you feel what life was like back in the mid-1800s Mexican-American era.

  • Walk the grounds of Old Town State Historic Park
  • Admire the architecture
  • Shop local the the Old Town Shops (Fiesta de Reyes, Old Town Market, Bazaar del Mundo)
  • Eat your heart out at a popular restaurant (Our top picks: Casa de Reyes, Café Coyote, Old Town Mexican Café)

More than just indulging in its beauty, feed into the fascinating history of the state as you take amazing Instagrammable photos around the area. And of course, don’t forget to bag those souvenirs!

Visit the Birch Aquarium

Located in La Jolla, the Birch Aquarium is a great place to learn about marine life and ocean conservation. It is home to over 5,000 fish and other sea creatures that you can discover while taking different guided tours and programs such as the Behind-the-Scenes Tour, the Kelp Tank Dive Show, and the Shark Encounter. Aside from spectating, you can even get your hands dirty by participating in hands-on activities such as creating your own ocean ecosystem, using microscopes, and many more!

Go hiking

San Diego has many great hiking trails that offer a stunning view of the city’s landscape – city lights, oceans, and mountains. If you’re in for a bit of exercise, challenge yourself to a few of our top hikes: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, Cowles Mountain, Iron Mountain, and Mission Trails Regional Park!

There is truly an endless list of things that you can do in San Diego. And now that you know some of the most exciting things that you can do on an extended stay, you’ll just need a nice, comfortable, and convenient place to stay. Bedford & Driggs offers excellent choices for your San Diego accommodations. Search for fully furnished vacation rentals, equipped with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. With multiple properties located throughout San Diego, you can freely choose a location that would best fit your travel plans!

Eager to explore the beauty of San Diego? Get in touch with us today and let’s plan your unforgettable stay in one of our charming San Diego homes. Your adventure begins here.

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