Balboa Park - museums, gardens, architecture, just to walk around
Beaches - Ocean Beach (bohemian), Pacific/Mission Beach (trendy), La Jolla (stunning/high end - great place to kayak and see tide pools), Coronado ("island/village" feel, Hotel Del on the sand)
Tour Petco Park (baseball stadium)
Happy hour/clubbing/shopping in Gaslamp Quarter (downtown SD)
Eat Mexican food!
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wanderinghousewife.wordpress.com over 8 years agoAnswered by Janet E. Dore via Travellr.com
When you go to Coronado, take a ride over the Coronado bridge and take a wander around the Hotel del Coronado, then come back to San Diego on the ferry.
If it's a really clear day, drive up to top of Mount Soledad. The view at sunset is to die for.
For shopping, drift through Horton Plaza -- but when you get hungry, leave there and head out to the Gaslamp Quarter. about 8 years ago
Hit up the Harbor (just South of the airport) and you can take in the Maritime Museum, the ferry to Coronado, tour a real aircraft carrier (The Midway), and grab lunch at the Fish Market. Then walk East on Broadway a few blocks to India, turn left and wander through Little Italy. Grab desert and coffee while taking in the culture.
Left on Hawthorn and you're back where you parked by the harbor. Or right at the next traffic light (Laurel) and you're at the entrance to Balboa Park. If you like walking, you can take in all 3 in a day.
+1 on eating Mexican Food. If you stay on India to Laurel, one block before Laurel is El Camino. Great Mexican food. Authentic with a touch of gourmet. about 8 years ago