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Cruise from San Diego, California

San Diego's comfortable temperatures make exploring "America's Finest City" — as the locals call it — a breeze. Cruise from San Diego and head to famous La Jolla Cove, where you can wave hello to lounging sea lions before you dive in for a snorkeling adventure. Hang out with pandas and Komodo dragons at the world-class San Diego Zoo. Then, head to Liberty Public Market: It's the perfect open-air spot to sample the famed local beers or tuck into authentic empanadas.
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Things To Do in San Diego

Balboa Park's Casa de Balboa Building in San Diego, California

Park It in Balboa

Balboa Park's Casa de Balboa Building in San Diego, California

Balboa Park's Casa de Balboa Building in San Diego, California

Park It in Balboa

With 1,200 acres of hiking trails, fountains, beautiful architecture, gardens and museums it is easy to spend an entire day getting lost in Balboa Park. There are also venues located in the park featuring numerous performing arts shows like concerts, plays and youth ballet performances.

USS midway aircraft carrier in beautiful sky, in San Diego, California

Man the Cockpit

USS midway aircraft carrier in beautiful sky, in San Diego, California

USS midway aircraft carrier in beautiful sky, in San Diego, California

Man the Cockpit

From the engine room to the flight deck, the USS Midway museum is home to 60 carefully preserved exhibit areas and 30 restored aircraft taking you on a unique warship journey the moment you step on board. You'll be able to climb into the cockpits, explore where the crew lived and even take a tour of the Captain's and Admiral's quarters.

Sandstone cliffs at Torrey Pines gliderport in Sand Diego, California
Sandstone cliffs at Torrey Pines gliderport in Sand Diego, California

Urban Oasis

Another wide-open space right in San Diego is Torrey Pines Natural Reserve. Stretching across 1,500 acres of undeveloped land, you'll find unspoiled beaches, a lagoon and jaw-dropping landscapes. If hiking, enjoying a seaside picnic and Pacific Ocean views are your thing, you've come to the right place.

Fries with cheese, guacamole, and carne asada, in San Diego, California
Fries with cheese, guacamole, and carne asada, in San Diego, California

Local Cuisine

San Diego's cuisine is the definition of diverse. Tuck into the Mexican-inspired but decidedly non-authentic local favorite of carne asada fries topped with slices of shaved beef, cotija, crema and guacamole. Indulge in decadent New American dishes like the duck fat fries at Searsucker. Italian more your style? Head to Cucina Urbana for pasta made with fresh, seasonal ingredients like local herbs and tomatoes.

Colorful cat figurines in old town San Diego, California
Colorful cat figurines in old town San Diego, California

Shopping

The shopping is endless in San Diego. Be sure to grab a local souvenir from Noon Designs. Choose from handcrafted jewelry, letterpress printed cards and goods by local artisans. If you're looking for something a little more mainstream while still keeping it local, head to The Gaslamp Quarter or Del Mar Plaza. Jump onbpoard a San Diego cruise and check out Old Town Market for unique, handcrafted tchotchkes like the animal-themed decor at Love My Pet.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Wear comfortable shoes for exploring, and carry a light jacket — this coastal city can get chilly in the evenings.
2 If you head to Torrey Pines, familiarize yourself with their regulations such as hours of operation, trash disposal and hiking trails.

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