About San Diego

by SmarterTravel Staff

The promise of near-perfect weather and an abundance of attractions beckon visitors to San Diego. With an average temperature of 70 degrees and a laid-back Southern California vibe, it's an easy place to kick back and relax. But from nightlife to zoo-life, visitors can also find plenty that's wild about San Diego.

San Diego County's 33 beaches offer endless opportunities to soak in the sun, splash in the surf, or even do some seaside shopping. A visit to (or stay at!) the iconic Hotel del Coronado blends beachside fun and Victorian splendor. The more than 90 golf courses provide plenty of challenges for golf enthusiasts. And miles of hiking trails and bike paths deliver even more ways to enjoy the beautiful weather.

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Wild animals rule at the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park, SeaWorld San Diego, and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Watch animals in their natural habitats during the annual California gray whale migration from mid-December to mid-March. See more marine life while you snorkel or scuba dive at the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park. Or turn your sights to the sky and catch a glimpse of some of the 480 species that make San Diego a bird-watching paradise.

Downtown in San Diego, the historic Gaslamp Quarter delivers more than 80 nightclubs, restaurants, theaters, and art galleries. Balboa Park, the nation's largest urban cultural park, offers 15 major museums, plus gardens and the San Diego Zoo, in one convenient stop. And with Mexico within driving distance, there's a whole other country right next door.

It's easy to find flights to San Diego from around the country. Choosing what to do once you arrive? That's the hard part.

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