San Diego - Travel Tips

Where to go in San Diego, California

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San Diego - Travel Tips Where to go in San Diego, California

Lynzie Garinger has been living in San Diego for the last 26 years, so she knows what's up.


Check out her recommendations for the second largest city in California.

Old Town Historic Park

In a city of vast beaches and rows of palm trees, San Diego has a rich history that goes deeper than just the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village.

Old Town, which was the San Diego's original downtown, has street filled with delicious Mexican cuisine as well as quaint pool halls and sushi spots.

The ever-popular Whaley House, named as one of the most haunted spots in America, has a rich history dating back to Yankee Jims - one of the largest mining camps during the California Gold Rush - and also has a courthouse and theater on site.

The best part of Old Town? The fresh tortillas being made on the street side.

Cabrillo National Monument

Sitting at the southern end of Point Loma is a beautiful place with 360° views of the city.

Venture through an old lighthouse, which still houses original furniture from the family who resided there, and - if you want even more history - there's a museum dedicated to the Spanish settler landed in the San Diego Bay and lived in the lighthouse.


Tucked away about an hour from downtown, Julian is famous for Apple pie, apple orchards and wineries: this small little town has everything you need to spend a weekend out of the city.

There are great jewelers, and amazing restaurants and gift shops. During the winter, sledding is a must!

Liberty Station

This old Naval Training Center houses stores, restaurants, breweries, a movie theater, art galleries and so much more: all housed in the original barracks.

The installation of the Liberty Public Market, an excellent indoor food market, has invigorated this historic landmark.

Craft beer

There are dozens and dozens of great craft breweries in and around San Diego. Grab an Uber and try a couple: you're guaranteed to find something different every place you go.

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