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Visiting San Diego

Life is good in San Diego, city of beautiful people, balmy temperatures, and miles of sugar-white beaches. There’s the Gaslamp Quarter for trendy shops, Mission Bay for kayaking along the coast, and Balboa Park for outdoor concerts. To soak up even more culture, explore how the area’s Mexican and Spanish roots surface in San Diego’s dining and architecture, with Tijuana only 40 minutes away across the border.

And while a trip across the border is a great adventure, you don’t need to leave San Diego to find great things to do. Fun outdoor activities abound if you’re the sporty type, or try Legoland or SeaWorld for the kids and kids at heart. Those kids at heart will also enjoy San... Read More
Life is good in San Diego, city of beautiful people, balmy temperatures, and miles of sugar-white beaches. There’s the Gaslamp Quarter for trendy shops, Mission Bay for kayaking along the coast, and Balboa Park for outdoor concerts. To soak up even more culture, explore how the area’s Mexican and Spanish roots surface in San Diego’s dining and architecture, with Tijuana only 40 minutes away across the border.

And while a trip across the border is a great adventure, you don’t need to leave San Diego to find great things to do. Fun outdoor activities abound if you’re the sporty type, or try Legoland or SeaWorld for the kids and kids at heart. Those kids at heart will also enjoy San Diego’s nightlife, which runs the gamut from laid-back to luxe.

As for places to stay in San Diego, you can’t go wrong with a hotel in Old Town or a historic landmark like the Hotel del Coronado. Can’t decide between in-town or on the beach? IgoUgo traveler photos of this so-called Plymouth of the West can be a great way to start planning your trip. Then you just need to find a flight, practice your best SoCal accent, and go.    Close

Stories and Tips San Diego

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La Jolla, Mission Beach & the Gaslamp District

Written by jenandfrank on 21 Jan, 2005

La Jolla, which means "the jewel," is best known for its refined elegance and beauty. It is basically a seaside suburb north of San Diego. Million dollar homes that are built on cliffs overlooking La Jolla’s shores are just part of what is…Read More


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Hotel Del Coronado

Written by jenandfrank on 21 Jan, 2005

1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. Filled with legend and beauty, the Hotel Del Coronado is still breathtaking at the age of 117. It is a national and historical landmark located on Coronado Island and built with Victorian architecture and a red-shingled roof. It is almost…Read More


Dining - Georges at the Cove & Bertrand at Mister

Written by jenandfrank on 21 Jan, 2005

Georges at the Cove – 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858/454-4244. Voted San Diego’s most popular restaurant in last year’s Zagats Survey, this place serves Californian cuisine. Offering beautiful views of the La Jolla Cove, this restaurant has two dining areas; The Ocean…Read More


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A visit to the 'Del'

Written by dswett1 on 19 Jul, 2004

We were in San Diego for just a quick visit with some relatives when we all decided it would be fun to run out to the Hotel del Coronado. We had heard much about it and we had seen pictures of it as well…Read More


On to the sanctuary of San Diego, and briefly into Mexico

Written by Yad on 30 Jul, 2002

From Las Vegas, we drove into California, and through the Mojave Desert, before reaching the suburbs of Los Angeles and heading down the Pacific Highway to San Diego. Having driven through the desert, it was a nasty shock once we were nearing LA to notice that…Read More


Viva Las Vegas

Written by Yad on 30 Jul, 2002

Our hotel for the next couple of nights was the Luxor, a giant glass pyramid at the south end of the Strip. I think that Las Vegas is best summed up in one word...surreal. You can see the world in Las Vegas in the space…Read More


Bryce Canyon, Utah and the road to Las Vegas

Written by Yad on 30 Jul, 2002

Having made it across the Grand Canyon at Navajo Bridge, we headed north-west towards Utah, and ended up staying in a motel in the nice little town of Kanab, Utah. Kanab is apparently known (probably just to its residents!) as Little Hollywood, thanks to the number…Read More


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View from Above

Written by sr92111 on 14 Mar, 2001

This is one of my favorite pictures. I took this while flying out of town one summer day. It shows the areas from Mission Beach on the left which turns into Pacific Beach which then turns into La Jolla. There is so much to do…Read More


Day 2 - the Zoo

Written by basykes on 17 Feb, 2001

It was Founder's Day at the San Diego zoo. That means that admission was free for the day. Someone at the Wild Animal Park yesterday said there would be "a lot of people." That's like saying Cecil B. DeMille invited a few people to stand around during the…Read More


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Day 1 - The Wild Animal Park

Written by basykes on 17 Feb, 2001

One of the fun things we did was to feed the lorikeets. These colorful birds are native to Australia. To pass through their enclosure is free, or you can buy a little cup of liquid food to take in with you. If you have a cup…Read More


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