Welcome to San Diego, California
Things to Do
Getting Around San Diego
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Welcome to San Diego, where blue skies keep watch over 70 miles of majestic coastline. San Diego is home to many of Southern California’s top attractions, with plenty of options for adventure-seeking, fun-loving explorers. Spend a day relaxing in one of the many beach communities or hiking in the east San Diego County mountains. Explore the urban neighborhoods of San Diego’s downtown, from the iconic Gaslamp District
to the eclectic community of Hillcrest
. Visit the quaint and charming island town of Coronado
or the picturesque village of La Jolla
. San Diego’s regions are so unique and diverse; there are plenty of options to discover something new each time you visit.
San Diego's arts and culture
and culinary arts are booming. The hottest, new culinary arts talents prepare award-winning meals throughout the region's 6,400 eating establishments. Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in the U.S., is home to 15 museums, numerous art galleries, beautiful gardens, the Tony Award-winning The Globe Theatres and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
Downtown San Diego
Downtown San Diego is a dynamic urban center with trendy new restaurants and retail shops, composed of eight distinct neighborhoods, including the historic Gaslamp Quarter
, colorful Little Italy
and the up-and-coming East Village, each with a distinct personality and allure. The historic Gaslamp Quarter is home to more than 100 of the city's finest restaurants and 100 retail shops. When the sun sets, the area's nightlife sizzles, attracting thousands of diners, theatergoers and nightclub patrons.
Mission Bay and Beaches
The cool breezes, tranquil waters and soft sand beaches of Mission Bay
attract aquatic recreational enthusiasts all year-long. Pick from a variety of activities including kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, wind surfing, sailing, kite surfing and sport fishing.
The iconic Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) bright red trolley is a fun, easy and convenient way to get around. The Trolley provides convenient services from key locations including the Santa Fe Depot and the San Diego Convention Center, crisscrossing through downtown and out to Old Town, Mission Valley, El Cajon and Santee.
There are four trolley lines (UC San Diego Blue, Orange, Sycuan Green and SDG&E Silver) that service the Downtown San Diego communities and beyond, covering 53 miles of double-track railway, and 53 stations total. Trolleys run an average of every 15 minutes, 7 minutes during peak and 30 minutes during off-peak hours.
Another fun way to travel to the main tourist areas of San Diego is on an Old Town Trolley Tour. The Trolley stops at 11 places including Old Town, Seaport Village, Gaslamp Quarter, Coronado, Little Italy and Balboa Park. They also offer a La Jolla and Mission Bay route. You can either ride on the full two-hour narrated historic tour, or hop on and off at different stops throughout the day. They also offer two-day passes and combination options with their land-and-water SEAL Tours.
San Diego has so much to offer, consider extending your stay to experience it all. Be sure to visit Discover San Diego
and explore the many Things To Do
in San Diego.
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