Things to Do in San Diego
San Diego is one of the renowned city in the United States. It is the second largest city in the California state and eight largest city in the US. The beautiful city is located on the coast of Pacific Ocean and it is adjacent to the Mexican border. History states that San Diego was the first site visited by the Europeans and the first European to visit the San Diego bay was a Portuguese born explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. He claimed the entire bay of San Diego under the Spanish rule and named the city as San Miguel. He founded the basis for settlement 200 years later by the name Alta California. In 1821, San Diego became a part of Mexico which became newly independent at that time but was again taken back by the Americans in the year 1850 by winning the American-Mexican war. California State was once again reunited with America. The city is home to Kumeyaay people.
San Diego Attractions:
San Diego is a beautiful city located at the coast of Pacific ocean. The splendid skyline of the city takes your breath away. One remains spell-bound looking at the spectacular city coastline. If one has to go through all the major attractions of this wonderful city, then I bet no one can come here just once. People will be tempted to re-visit this city. Some of the major tourist attractions or things to do in San Diego are enlisted below:
- Old Town San Diego:
people who are interested in knowing the history of San Diego must visit this place. In my opinion, if you really want to know the place well, one must know the history of that place because history influences culture and culture influences the style of living of the people. If you visit the Old Town San Diego, you must visit the Serra museum which is popularly known as Presidio museum. The style of architecture is influenced by Spanish architecture. One may get false impression that the structure is original Presidio.
- Balboa Park:
the park is situated at the north-east of downtown. The fresh lush green lawns and beautiful landscapes will take you to another world of peace far away from your city life. Tall trees and blooming flowers make a spectacular scene to be captured in the mind.
- Sea World:
your trip to San Diego is incomplete sans a visit to Sea World. If you have always been fascinated by the sea life shown on discovery channel or on animal planet but have no time to actually go to the oceans and see the God's beautiful creatures in their own habitat, then Sea World is a good option. You get to see dolphins, whales perform some tricks for you. If you have always pined for a dolphin ride, here your wish gets fulfilled. Its a total amazing experience to remember forever. Sea lovers would definitely be deligthed. A word of caution: this place is not meant for people who do not like to see animals captivated or caged.
- San Diego Zoo:
A must visit place for animal lovers. The San Diego Zoo is one of the best rated zoos in the world.
- Gaslamp Quarter:
Gaslamp Quarter is home to San Diego Repertory Theater located at Horton Plaza. It's one of the place to get engulfed in the environment of rich drama and culture. Do keep some time reserved to see the theater in your journey. But, unfortunately if you are unable to make it, then don't be disappointed. J
- La Jolla:
La Jola is a strikingly wonderful beach to be at. If you are an adventure lover, then La Jolla has many options of adventure to offer. It's one of the best places to try snorkeling. The beach also offers many other mysteries to solve. You can explore caverns at the beach and take home some amazing memories. It's truly a beautiful and romantic beach for the couples. The sound of the waves infuse romance and love, giving you hope, energy and enthusiasm. The horizon and beautiful greenish-blue color of the water transforms you to a magical world of peace, serenity and love. Life is colorless without these elements.
- USS Midway:
For people who are interested in the armed forces or who have enthusiasm towards the military services, then this place is a must visit. US Navy offers a trip to one of its vessel or ship on every Sunday. This is a good opportunity to experience or imagine how life would be on a ship and get a close look at the machineries used inside.
The hotel is a pleasant one. But what is more interesting is the route taken to drive over to the hotel. The curvy bridge lends a beautiful view of the city.
- San Diego Aerospace Museum:
For all the astronomer lovers, this place is a must visit. More than sixty examples of aircrafts have been displayed for the public to watch. One can take a look at our astronomy history and learn about celestial bodies. The museum takes us back to the early evolution of world and shows us a glimpse of how our galaxies have been created. The place makes us realize that our world is a very tiny particle in the universe and there must be some power who must have been responsible to create universe and evolve life on it.
- Point Loma:
Point Loma is a place located in the northwest end of the San Diego bay. Since, this place is very near to residential areas, many tourists tend to overlook this place. However, I would recommend that every tourist who visits San Diego must visit this place as this place takes you to Cabrillo National Monument. It is where Juan Cabrillo first stepped and discovered this amazing city which we now call as San Diego.
Above mentioned places are a must visits for San Diego tourists. After visiting this city, one cannot help noticing how much Spanish influence the city has.