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The Final One-Week San Diego Itinerary • The Blonde Overseas

Rising up within the wine nation of Temecula, I used to be ceaselessly dreaming of my subsequent journey in San Diego.

My record of issues to do within the large metropolis by no means stopped rising. Fortuitously, San Diego was solely an hour away so it was simple to jump over to discover the superb eateries, attractive seashores, and funky neighborhoods.

All through years of residing in Cape City, San Diego stayed close to and expensive to my coronary heart. After I was lastly able to plant roots in Southern California, I made a beeline for this cool coastal metropolis.

At the moment, I name San Diego house and my staycations are all the pieces I dreamt they might be. I relish the chance to point out folks round my stomping grounds.

That’s why I created my Final Information to San Diego Journey that can assist you get your bearings. Now, that can assist you dig into the day by day planning, right here is my one-week San Diego Itinerary.

Prepared for an insider’s information to San Diego? Let’s go!

Which Neighborhood to Keep in San Diego

It’s important to grasp simply how geographically large San Diego County is. As you might be planning out your must-see spots round city, have a look at a map.

There are 70 miles of shoreline inside the county so issues could be a lot farther aside than you may assume.

There are too many neighborhoods to even record so I’m simply going to scratch the floor by itemizing the very best bases for exploration.

In case you are solely on the town for one week, you’ll discover a various vary of choices. That will help you resolve, let’s have a look at which areas are greatest for several types of journey.

Downtown/Little Italy

In the event you’re searching for top-notch nightlife, add downtown and the Gaslamp (simply beside Little Italy) to your record.

Whereas Little Italy is near Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo, it’s not an awesome space for teenagers. You’ll additionally discover the parking expensive is tough to return by.

However, in the event you’re searching for an evening in town and plan to Uber it round, you’re going to adore it.

Seashore Cities

For a beautiful view of the Pacific and a laid again vibe, you’ll be spoiled for alternative all through the Pacific Seashore, Ocean Seashore, and Mission Seashore space

La Jolla

This drop-dead attractive space comes at a premium however is properly value it whenever you need to deal with your self.

North County

When you’ll be a bit farther from the standard vacationer spots like Balboa Park and the Zoo, you’ll discover chill locations to flee in Del Mar, Solana Seashore, Leucadia, Encinitas, and Carlsbad.

In the event you’re solely planning to pop down the Balboa Park space and are extra concerned with searching for a spot to disconnect, search for choices up right here. It’s a calming seaside space with bargains available.


I am keen on the Carlsbad Flower Fields up right here! Go to within the spring to admire the colourful blooms. Bear in mind although that you just’re 45 minutes from Level Loma and this isn’t a sensible base in the event you’re planning to discover San Diego day by day.

The Finest  Time to Go to San Diego

By far and away the very best time to go to is from August to October. The climate continues to be heat however you’ll discover the hordes of vacationers have principally cleared out.

In the event you’re not from California, you may not be conversant in “Could Grey” and “June Gloom.”

Whereas we have now a number of heat and sunny days within the spring, it doesn’t really feel like summer time till round July. By a lot of spring and early summer time, the mornings are overcast and a bit dreary.

That stated, I do benefit from the overcast days as a result of it hardly ever truly rains. It’s the form of climate the place you may cozy up in a cardigan and sip a scorching brew in a espresso store.

In the event you’re searching for enjoyable within the solar on the seaside, Could and June aren’t tremendous dependable occasions to go.

Getting Round San Diego

Indubitably, having your individual set of wheels in San Diego is crucial. Whereas there are walkable areas, they’re far-flung. Through the course of per week, you’ll want to discover the broader San Diego space.

Southern California isn’t recognized for its public transport and there’s a cause for that.

The quite a few freeways close by loop round, connecting the entire seaside cities and areas within the outskirts of San Diego…however they’re for automobiles. Counting on the bus system is irritating and time-consuming.

Planning Tip: Whereas I’ve put collectively a one-week information, it’s a unfastened plan. You may combine and match totally different occasions and do issues in no matter order you favor.

I’d extremely suggest trying out the metropolis occasion calendar as you begin planning.

See if there are any festivals or large occasions that you just wish to try or keep away from (in the event you’re not attending, the visitors, parking hassles, and inflated costs throughout main occasions could be annoying).

Day 1: Balboa Park and the Zoo

These are the 2 must-see websites of San Diego.

You may knock them each out in someday. All the high museums are collectively in a single spot. In the event you’re touring with children, they’re certain to like the Zoo (as will the grown-ups!).

A lot of Balboa Park’s unimaginable Spanish-inspired structure was constructed between 1915 and the late Thirties for various Expositions (you could know these as World’s Gala’s).

There are many nice locations to stroll round exterior of the zoo and you may BYOB to have a wine picnic. Take your time exploring and make a full day of simply these two spots.

Craving Mexican meals? El Indio is known! Proper across the nook from it, you’ll additionally discover the “greatest” California Burrito within the state at Lucha Libre.

Day 2: Deliver on the Brews

With 150 breweries and new locations popping up day by day, San Diego has most undoubtedly earned its place amongst the world’s greatest craft beer capital.

Make a day of beer tasting and exploring the entire distinctive choices that you’ll solely discover right here.

To pattern the native suds, make a beeline for North Park. And, come hungry! This place is house to the very best native eateries and craft beer spots on the town.

Day 6-7: Select Your Personal Journey

For the final two days of your San Diego go to, you may select your individual journey. Listed here are a number of of my all-time faves:

Take a look at the Bay and Coronado Island

Go for a naval ship tour, take the Hornblower cruise, go to the Halfway Museum, then store, eat, and drink your means by the Halfway District, in addition to the attractive Coronado Island!

Padres Sport

Take your self out to the ballgame!

Little Italy Road Market

Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market is on each Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm. For meals, crafts, and an awesome vibe, begin your day right here.

Wednesday Night time Market in OB

The Ocean Seashore Farmers Market is held each Wednesday from 4 to eight pm. It’s an awesome place for looking, choosing up native goodies, and a main spot for people-watching.

Sundown Cliffs

The sundown from right here is so spectacular that they named the entire place after it! And, on high of being a romantic spot, it’s additionally an awesome place for yoga courses.

Do understand that it’s a well-liked spot in the summertime although so remember that it will get crowded.

That stated, it’s a incredible location for a picnic with critical views!

Glider Port in Torrey Pines

The Torrey Pines Gliderport is the proper place to get your coronary heart racing and get a chicken’s eye view of town.

Vineyard Day

There are greater than 100 wineries in San Diego County and lots extra simply exterior. In the event you’re a fellow wine lover, do miss your probability to pattern the native vintages.

A Night time on the City in Little Italy

You’ll discover superb nightlife throughout Little Italy and the Gaslamp District. For a assured nice evening out, try Moonshine Flats, or Kettner Trade.

What would you add to your dream San Diego itinerary? I’ll be engaged on eating places and brunch guides shortly! Let me know what you’d prefer to see within the feedback beneath!

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