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The 10 top sightseeing spots in San Diego

We can see why San Diego calls itself America's Finest City. With more than 100 miles of coastline and world-class attractions, you won't be wondering what to do, but how to fit it all in! Plan your visit with our list of the 10 best things to see.

Old Town San Diego Historic Park

Old Town San Diego Historic Park

Step back in time to the birthplace of California. The beautiful park offers monuments plus a schoolhouse, blacksmith, houses and gardens, adding to the trip down memory lane.

theNAT San Diego

theNAT San Diego

This natural history museum is housed in an impressive building. The dinosaur exhibits are always a favourite with kids. Allow half a day and try to catch a movie for extra value.

Maritime Museum San Diego

Maritime Museum San Diego

A seaside location means fresh seafood, clean air and plenty of maritime history. This place is a family pleaser as ship tours give a fascinating sense of a life on the open seas.

Point Loma

Point Loma

The site of the first European landings in California, Point Loma is a place of historical significance and great beauty. The Old Lighthouse is particularly photogenic at dusk.

Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium

Possibly the best place to learn about marine biology in California. You can snorkel with leopard sharks, see an amazing array of coral, or learn about protecting the oceans.

USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum

This historic aircraft carrier dominates the downtown coastline. A hit with teenagers and Top Gun fans alike, you can cover the ship with a self-tour narrated by former servicemen.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Billed as a landscape of arts and culture, this isn't your average park. A historic carousel, miniature railway, Spanish Village, and museums make it at least a full day out.

SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego

Killer whales, dolphins, sharks, and sea lions compete for your attention at this famous attraction. There's plenty to fill an entire day, and admission is cheaper in the week.

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

Animal lovers can get up close with the panda, tigers, leopards, lions, gorillas, elephants, and hundreds more species at this vast zoo. Try to time your day around the feedings.

Belmont Park

Belmont Park

For an old-school funfair experience head to Belmont Park. Don't miss the Giant Dipper - a wooden roller coaster that opened in 1925. Wristbands are good value if you stay all day.

Planning Your San Diego Visit

What about the beaches?

There are plenty of places to swim, surf or sunbathe in San Diego, and it's warm all year round, just don't expect tropical waters: the North Pacific Ocean is famously cool. La Jolla is popular for watersports such as kayaking and snorkeling, while Ocean Beach is lined with palm trees and has an impressive skatepark.

When is ComicCon International?

Every year, thousands of self-confessed nerds descend on San Diego for the annual ComicCon comic book convention. The event has grown year on year, and now encompasses everything superhero, fantasy and pop culture have to offer, including scores of big-name actors. The event takes place over four days in July.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-08:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Plan your visit from March to May or September to November, when you'll still have warm weather, but will avoid the school holiday crowds.

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What people are saying about San Diego

Impressive collection of memorabilia relating to naval aviation

A must for anyone who has an interest in U.S. naval aviation and in particular World War 2

The USS Midway Museum: Skip-the-Line Ticket Reviewed by James, 12/05/2019

Great way to learn some San Diego history.

Ana was knowledgeable and a joy to spend 4 hours with. I would advise anyone visiting the city for the first time to take this tour day one.

Half-Day San Diego City Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Adria, 08/03/2019

Brooke was awesome! Very personable and knowledgeable.

Great tour! Just the right amount of time. Brooke was engaging and provided interesting information about the park. She even provided all of us with a follow-up email that answered our groups obscure questions. As locals with family visiting, we learned a great deal from her insights.

Excellent trip with amazing customer service!

Excellent trip! We didn’t see any whales but we saw a huge pod of dolphins. True to their word, Hornblower gave us vouchers to return within 1 year to see the whales. The crew was very professional and knowledgeable. We had a wonderful time on this trip.

San Diego Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruises Reviewed by Paul, 18/12/2018

This was a fantastic way to begin our San Diego vacation!

Fantastic mimosas - fantastic breakfast buffet- and excellent service!! Would definitely go again if I return to San Diego!

Champagne Brunch Cruise in San Diego Reviewed by Catherine, 22/11/2018