10 Things you must do when traveling in San Diego

San Diego is known for its 70 miles of Pacific coastlands and its vast and diverse variety of attractions.

Here are the quintessential San Diego ones you should do at some point in your lifetime so if you're planning a San Diego vacation, or visiting town for a meeting or conference, make sure you don’t miss these.

Explore Old Town

From old Victorian houses to supposedly haunted colonial buildings, there is a lot to see in Old Town and no San Diego experience would be truly complete without walking around and exploring it. Stop by Old Town Mexican Café to get some fresh homemade tortillas, too. Old Town is also a fun place to stay while visiting San Diego that is often more affordable than staying right downtown or by the beach, but still gives you a quintessential San Diego vibe.

Visit Point Loma's Cabrillo National Monument

The Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma is part of the U.S. National Park Service and is home to gorgeous views, the best of which can be seen from the Cabrillo Statue where you’ll find a 360-degree view of the ocean and San Diego. While visiting Cabrillo National Monument you can also see the statuesque Point Loma Lighthouse and have fun looking for sea creatures in the nearby tide pools.

Visit the Museums of Balboa Park

Balboa Park has over 20 museums all located within walking distance of each other. From science museums to history museums to art museums, there is a museum to satisfy just about every interest. Even if you think you're not a museum person, try the Air and Space Museum -- you might be surprised. Or, at the very least, walk around the gorgeous grounds of Balboa Park and take in the historic architecture.

Eat a Baja Fish Taco

The baja fish tacos in San Diego are legendary with their crispy fried outside layer, tangy white sauce, generous heaping of cabbage and salsa fresca, and occasionally cheese. If you’re in a big hurry, the southern California food chain, Rubio’s, is surprisingly good and has locations all over the county.

Have a Night Out in Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter is always hopping on Friday and Saturday nights (and most other nights). If you don't live downtown, rent a hotel room some night and go have fun dancing at one of the trendy clubs until 2 a.m. without having to worry about how you'll get home. Or have a sophisticated night out at one of the Gaslamp's sumptuous restaurants.

Attend Del Mar Racetrack's Glamorous Opening Day

Each summer, big hats come out and the dressed up crowd cheers at the Del Mar Racetrack as magnificent thoroughbred racehorses gallop around the picturesque track on opening day. Make your day at the opening even more memorable by arriving in a limo or entering the hat contest.

Apple Pie in Julian

Right on the outskirts of east San Diego County at the base of the Cuyamaca Mountains lies the tiny town of Julian, home to apple orchards and an assortment of delicious pies. You can find Julian apple pies in the city of San Diego, but it's much more charming to have a slice in Julian with crisp air and mountain town ambiance.

Eat a California Burrito

A California Burrito is stuffed with French fries and Carne Asada and is a quintessential San Diego meal. Top choices to do so at include El Zarape in University Heights, Lucha Libre Taco Shop in Mission Hills, Nico’s Mexican Food in Point Loma, La Puerta in the Gaslamp Quarter and the multiple locations of Roberto’s Mexican Food or Lolita’s Taco Shop.

Drink a Beer at Stone Brewing Company in Escondido

Stone Brewing Company was one of the first San Diego craft breweries to really make a mark on a national (and now even international) scale and helped put the San Diego beer scene on the map. Though they have several restaurants and tasting rooms in San Diego County now, the original is still the best and is located in Escondido. It has a decently sized indoor dining area that looks into the brewing room, but it's the outside area that really holds the charm with a massive beer garden complete with walking trails, ponds and bonfire pits. You can also tour the brewery.

Rent a Passenger Van to Different Breweries

The best way to visit the many breweries of San Diego is to choose several favorites and then take a van there. Then you don’t have to worry about driving and you get to have fun in between brewery stops socializing on the bus. Plus, it conveniently lets you sample a wide range of breweries in one day if you’re short on time.

Choose a suited vehicle from  Carey San Diego’s fleet and make sure you explore San Diego in your next trip, whether you’re in town for business or pleasure.

Carey San Diego's goal is to transport our passengers to where they need to be, when they need to be there. Our chauffeured ground transportation and limousine services in San Diego extend to cover the airport, the train station, regional conference centers and area homes and hotels. Because Carey San Diego is a member of the exclusive Carey International family we accommodate local business travelers, corporate guests traveling to San Diego for meetings & events as well as clients traveling to destinations around the world.

Posted on May 24 2016

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