San Diego

Idyllic weather, big-city culture and all the laid-back charm of a beach town: without them, the self-bestowed nickname “America’s Finest City” would be purely bragging. Lucky for you, it’s not.

San Diego isn’t California’s most famous city, or even its largest. It might be the state’s best metro area, however. Take away the traffic of Los Angeles and the chill of San Francisco, and what’s left is a relaxed attitude and friendly locals, whether they’re hanging ten off the coast or sipping cocktails on a rooftop bar downtown. Oh, there’s also a gorgeous, skyscraper-dominated skyline that includes a bay-spanning bridge that almost stands up to its northern sibling.

Speaking of the downtown area, you won’t be at a loss for things to do in San Diego. More than a dozen museums grace the Spanish Revival buildings of Balboa Park, right in the heart of all those skyscrapers. The park was created for the 1915 Panama-California Exhibition with “temporary” buildings that simply decided to remain—a sentiment many a visitor to San Diego can relate to.

Here’s a secret: born-and-raised locals are relatively rare. Instead, the city has built out its population by way of Mexico, Japan, China, Russia, and places throughout the United States. No matter what part of the city you’re in—from Little Italy to Mira Mesa—grabbing a multi-cultural meal is always a good answer for what to do in San Diego. And with more than 100 craft breweries and the famed Temecula Wine Country practically next door, you’re free to enjoy your favorite adult beverage after finishing off that California burrito or world-class tuna roll at one of the many places to eat in San Diego.

Speaking of a seemingly endless selection, our San Diego vacation packages are here to satisfy your wanderlust. Whatever your craving, book it today on Travelocity!

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Frequently Asked Questions about San Diego

Where is the San Diego Zoo?

Known for its conservation efforts and spacious enclosures, the San Diego Zoo is located right in the heart of downtown next to Balboa Park museums, restaurants, and green spaces. Across the county in Escondido, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has even more animals in their enormous "African Plains" enclosure.

What is the weather like in San Diego?

Sometimes called "The Air-Conditioned City," San Diego is famous for its mild winters, pleasantly warm summers, and abundance of sunshine. If cool temperatures are what you seek, head to the coastline. To warm things up, go further inland.

How many breweries are there in San Diego?

At the time of this posting, there are more than 190 brewery locations in San Diego, with more than 40 of those opening up in just the last year. Just 20 of those are big breweries, and the remaining 170 are the craft breweries.