San Diego Journals

First San Diego Visit

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A September 2007 trip to San Diego by MikeInTown

Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island Photo, San Diego, California More Photos
Quote: My wife and I spent a leisurely weekend in San Diego. It was our first visit to this lovely city.

First San Diego Visit

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San Diego Skyline Photo, San Diego, California
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My wife and I spent a leisurely weekend in San Diego. It was our first visit to the area. Here are some of the attractions we enjoyed… San Diego Zoo: This famous zoo contains animals, as well as plants, from all over the world. We spent about 4 hours walking through this shaded park and observing the animals.Hotel Del Coronado (The Del): Although the Hotel Del Coronado was not our accommodations during our San Diego stay, we spent an afternoon here taking in the beach scene on the grounds of this historic hotel and its surroundings. In addition to the very large beach, there are several blocks of shops and eateries. We found this beautiful area of the city great f...Read More
Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island Photo, San Diego, California
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The Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island Hotel is a 3-sided building located on a man-made peninsula across from the airport. It offers views of the marina and bay. The side facing the bay provides a beautiful view of the San Diego skyline. We had a marina view which was nice but not as nice as the bay view in my opinion.Our stay was of the good quality one would expect from a Hilton. Our room was always neat and clean. It had two double-beds, a mirrored closet, small desk, and cable television. The room did not have a microwave or refrigerator. You pay a little more for being in the city. There seems to be fees for everything. Parking is $17 per day. Your room key is needed ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 14, 2008

Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island
1960 HARBOR ISLAND DR
San Diego, California 92101
619 291-6700

Dick's Last Resort

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Attraction

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After checking into our hotel room at the Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island, we thumbed through the complimentary visitors guide booklet and came across an advertisement for "ribs, chicken, and seafood" at a restaurant called Dick's Last Resort. That sounded pretty good so off we went to find this place. It was an 8-mile drive from the hotel.Dick’s Last Resort is located in the Gaslamp Quarter of Sandiego. This historic section of the city is now full of night clubs, bars, restaurants, and shops. Parking can be difficult to come by in this area but we eventually found a spot a few blocks from Dick's Last Resort. We spent some time wandering the streets and the shops before event...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 14, 2008

Dick's Last Resort
345 Fourth Ave
San Diego, California 92101
+1 619 231 9100

Prado at Balboa Park

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Restaurant | "Prado Restaurant"

Prado at Balboa Park Photo, San Diego, California
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We barely made it to The Prado within the allotted grace period for our 8:30 PM dinner reservation. The restaurant is located in Balboa Park which, unknown to us at the time, becomes very busy in the evening. The restaurant is popular with the patrons of the theaters that are located inside the park. Add to that a wedding reception in the area and other restaurants and you have traffic galore. A parking space was hard to come by. We eventually found one in a large parking lot but it was quite a distance from The Prado.The Prado is inside a beautiful white stone building with marble columns, arching passage ways, and a tranquil fountain at its entrance. There is an attractive terrace garden...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2008

Prado at Balboa Park
1549 El Prado (In the House of Hospitality)
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 557-9441

Hotel del Coronado

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Hotel

Hotel del Coronado Photo, San Diego, California
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My sister had vacationed in San Diego a few months before my wife and me. She raved about her stay at the Hotel Del Coronado, a.k.a. The Del. She told us to check it out even if we weren’t staying there. Her recommendation turned out to be a nice one. This grand hotel has been in business since 1888 and is a national historic landmark. It has accommodated world leaders and has been featured in several movies; however, it was the laid back beach vibe that made our visit so pleasant.To get to the Del, we had to drive across the Coronado Bay Bridge, one of the highest bridges I've ever seen. Once there, luck was on our side as far as parking. I found a metered parking space on t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2008

Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave
San Diego, California 92118
(800) 678-8946

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

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Attraction | "San Diego Zoo"

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Photo, San Diego, California
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There are discount coupons to this zoo all over the Internet and other publications. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring the $8-off coupons I had printed from www.mousesavers.com. Therefore, I had to settle for the $2.50-off per "Best Value" ticket I got using my AAA card. Our "Best Value" ticket package to the world-famous San Diego Zoo enabled us to do the bus tour and ride the aerial tram. We never got around to getting on the aerial tram but we did do the bus tour. The tour is a narrated 30-minute orientation ride on a double-decker bus around the zoo. One of the workers told my wife and me that the best seats were on the top near the middle because the bus driver always tries to center t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 14, 2008

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 231-1515