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Quick Guide to San Diego

The Quick Guide to San Diego
Everything you need to know while you’re here for OFC
As told by a San Diegan

1. Eat at Crack Shack
In N Out, Five Guys, Shake Shack…no matter which burger chain you claim is best, Crack Shack is King. It’s also not far from the airport so you can easily start the OFC experience off on a good note.

2. Visit Balboa Park
Balboa Park is truly one of the most breathtaking sights in San Diego. If you have time, several of the museums are worth seeing and often are free on Tuesday’s. Even if museums aren’t your thing though, the architecture is without-a-doubt worth seeing.

3. Donut Bar
This bakery often has what seems like half of San Diego standing outside its doors every morning, and with donuts like French Toast, Monte Cristo, and Big Poppa Tart—who could blame them? These donuts are anything but conventional and big enough to share (or not share). It’s also just a few blocks down from the San Diego Convention Center, so make sure you stop by before heading to the morning sessions…and before they sell out!

4. Experience the Craft Beer Scene
A personal favorite of mine is Stone Brewery but San Diego has become a thriving hub for the craft beer scene so you really don’t have to look too hard to find a good spot.

5. Try a California Burrito
“A delicious and mythical burrito found in Mexican eateries, also known as a Cali Burrito.” -Urban Dictionary

While it may not necessarily be authentic Mexican food, this fry-filled burrito is certainly a San Diego staple. Some of my favorites are Lolita’s and Lucha Libre.

6. Paddleboard in Point Loma or La Jolla

There aren’t very many places that can boast about 75 degree weather in March. Take advantage of the blue skies and get on the water! Point Loma has the backdrop of the downtown skyline but La Jolla is…well, La Jolla.

7. Cocktails at a Rooftop Bar
Rooftop bars are the ultimate way to enjoy cocktails in style. The ones in the Gaslamp District (like the Altitude Skylounge at the Marriott San Diego Gaslamp Quarter) are fabulous because they can overlook Coronado and even Petco Park but often have a dress code, so come prepared. Ocean or Pacific Beach allow rooftop sipping in your flip flops.

8. San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo absolutely lives up to expectations. Multiple days are recommended, as it spans over 100 acres. Aside from being a fun day trip though, the Zoo goes to great lengths to protect and preserve endangered animals around the world. There are volunteers stationed around the park, ready and willing to educate visitors and answer any questions they might have about the Zoo’s conservation efforts.

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