America's Finest City is a top travel destination for a good reason -- the sea marries the sand for 70 glorious miles and inland attractions range from wildlife areas to craft breweries. Here are 10 of the top attractions in San Diego that deserve a spot on your itinerary.
1. Cabrillo Tidepools
Cabrillo National Monument offers more than the best views of downtown and the Pacific Ocean. Trek down to the tide pools and look for starfish, snails, crabs, and more.
2. Coronado Beach
Take a ferry over to Coronado and you're met with the finest white sand in Greater San Diego. The small peninsula community is home to the world famous Hotel Del and quaint beach adjacent shops.
3. Old Town Margaritas
If you're going to have a margarita in San Diego, it may as well be as large as your head. Go to Old Town San Diego to be spoiled for choice.
4. Potato Chip Rock
A hike up Mount Woodson reveals what locals call Potato Chip Rock. You can climb up on the chip-shaped rock and take your photo before enjoying the panoramic views.
5. Ocean Beach Sunsets
Walk to the end of the Ocean Beach Pier and watch the sun go down. If you're lucky you may spot the elusive green flash phenomenon, which happens just as the sun hits the horizon.
6. Balboa Park Museums
A lush oasis in the middle of the city, Balboa Park offers restaurants, trails, and plenty of museums. Spend a few hours checking out the Museum of Man, Museum of Art, and the variety of history museums.
7. Carlsbad Flower Fields
Each spring, the North County city of Carlsbad brightens up a hillside with thousands of blooms. Bring your camera and stop to smell the tulips while you meander through the flower fields.
8. Torrey Pines Gliderport
Paragliders take to the air in Torrey Pines near La Jolla every day. Be adventurous and glide your way over a cliff down to the beach, or watch other people take flight while you have a picnic.
9. Mr. A's Downtown Restaurant
Dining at a rooftop lounge is a quintessential San Diego Experience. At Mr. A's, you can sink your teeth into fine dining while drinking up views of downtown and the bay.
10. La Jolla Cove Seals
Sea lions and seals congregate at La Jolla coves to sunbathe and relax during the day. After lunch in the neighborhood, head to the coast to see this unique gathering.