San Diego Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

San Diego Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

San Diego stands on the West Coast of the
United States. Situated right on the border with Mexico, it’s the southern-most city in California
and is home to almost one-and-a-half million people. Ever since the Europeans first settled here
in the 18th century, San Diego has been a city whose fortunes and
personality has been influenced by the warm currents of
the Pacific Ocean. With a deepwater harbor, the city has always
been an important trading port, and at one time was the tuna fishing capital
of the world. Today San Diego is the mainland home to the
US Navy’s Pacific Fleet. San Diego’s Old Town is often called the “birthplace
of California”. This heritage precinct preserves and recreates
life from the early Mexican and American periods. In the 1860s the city’s development and focus
shifted to the waterfront, however Old Town remains an important center
for community and cultural celebrations. San Diego’s Downtown area rises straight from
the water’s edge. The Central Business District is home to some
beautiful heritage buildings, but to feel the real pulse of San Diego, head
to the Gaslamp Quarter. This 16-block historical neighborhood of Victorian
buildings really lights up at night as theatergoers
and university students pour into the area. A few blocks inland from Downtown is the largest
urban parkland in the US – a place where nature, culture, and fabulous
architecture converge. Balboa Park features over a dozen museums
with collections ranging from automobiles to aviation, and from art
to natural history. There are almost twenty different gardens
to explore, including a recreation of the Alcazar Gardens
of Seville. Balboa Park is laced with miles of paths and
trails which connect its many treasures – like the San Diego Zoo. This is one of the world’s greatest zoological
parks, and one of the few places outside of China
where you can come face to face with a Giant Panda. To truly appreciate San Diego’s relationship
with the ‘seven seas’, head to the Downtown waterfront area. Here you’ll find the Maritime Museum and the
Navy Pier. Climb aboard the USS Midway, the longest serving
aircraft carrier of the 20th century. At the nearby Broadway Pier, jump aboard a
ferry and leave the busy Downtown behind. It’s just a short ride to Coronado, where
the pace slows. Locals have been kicking back in the sunshine
here since the 1880s. Just across the harbor entrance is Point Loma, the place where explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo
first stepped ashore in 1542. Loma is Spanish for ‘hill’, and the views
here are incredible. When the weather is right, you can see all
the way to Mexico. Heading north, the dramatic cliffside neighborhoods
of Point Loma open out into an endless string of California
beaches – the kind of beaches that inspired all those
Beach Boys songs! Each beachside community is unique; Mission Beach is relaxed and laid back, while
neighboring Pacific Beach with its vibrant bar scene likes to stay up
late and party. A great way to explore these coastal neighborhoods
is to hire a beach cruiser and hit the promenade. A little further up the coast is ‘the jewel
city’ – La Jolla! Surrounded by ocean on three sides, La Jolla
is all about pristine coastline, picturesque streets and beautiful architecture. This is about as good as California Dreaming
gets. Even the sea lions agree! San Diego is a dream destination for children
too. The little ones can let their imaginations
run wild in Legoland, while at historic Belmont Park, the Giant
Dipper has been thrilling kids of all ages for almost
one hundred years. The people of San Diego have a deep abiding
respect for the ocean. The Birch Aquarium plays an important part
of the city’s tradition in marine research and conservation. Then of course, there’s SeaWorld, which has
been entertaining and educating visitors from around the globe
since 1964. Exploring San Diego can build up an appetite. With its proximity to Mexico and the sea, there’s no prize for guessing what the specialties
are. So why not wash down that shrimp taco with
an ice cold beer. Of course, the ideal way to end your San Diego
day is to grab a friend or two, head to the water, and simply look to the

100 Replies to “San Diego Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

  1. I live in India at the moment but this video has convinced me that I gotta move to San Diego. I mean, what's not to like? Brilliant weather, historic, great real estate and economy, plenty of tech/design jobs, noice women, proximity to the great outdoors and politically stable unlike much of Europe. You Cali peeps have it good!

  2. I live in San Diego if you want to see the real San Diego and where locals go avoid gas lamp. San Diego locals don't really go there instead head to neighborhoods like north park university heights and hillcrest. Check out pacific beach on Garnett and go to windansea beach in La Jolla off of Neptune pl. If you've found the tiki hut on a rocky plateau you've arrived.

  3. I visit SD for the first time as child and think much about it,but when came back 30 yrs later. Oh my God! I fell in love with the city!! I was born in LA,but I was choose SD over LA any day!!!

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  5. Красивые виды, очень симпатичное место!Спасибо за показ!

  6. You forgot to mention the amazing piss smell that permeates the city. And all of the South county trash all over the roads.

  7. With all this beauty, why would people move to Texas, Arkansas, Nebraska, Iowa or any of those flat states.

  8. EXPEDIA…..where do you get such fantabulous opening & background music?….mind-blowing music… just like the city shown in the video…..

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  10. Went here nearly 20yrs ago . Going back for a week this time in October . Only did a couple of nights last time . 1st place I ever went where smoking was banned in a bar . Couldn't believe it when I asked the bar tender for an ash tray , he gave me a plastic cup with water in it & said to go in the garden. Good thing I suppose . They probably stopped smoking on the street now lol. I'm from uk so I'd love to live there 4 good just for the weather .

  11. I live In Colorado Springs, Went to San Diego for a few days Very nice place the only downside was There was no Sunny days, but that can't be helped. that and the drivers are crazy.

  12. These videos are great, but I am really shocked to see that Expedia has endorsed SeaWorld. Please do not support it. It abuses marine animals, including forcing them to live in a space so small it is like a human living their life in a bathtub. Again, please do not go. Expedia – please reconsider your decision to endorse attractions which keep animals in captivity.

  13. The city is good but it’s perveted. Everywhere is adult entertainment, adult video stores and strip clubs and massage parlors. It’s not that family friendly

  14. I’m surprised Comic-Con, The Del Mar Fair, and The Del Mar horse races weren’t mentioned! Del Mar Fair is one of the best in the world! 🙂

  15. I'm going there this year in 2019for a visit. & If things go well, I might move there out of Ottawa. Paradise alright.


  17. They act like it never existed before Europeans arrived lmao oh how history gets rewritten to erase the horrors.

  18. Thanks for you guys to make it. It has been used to help my students learn more about San Diego so that they can choose univercities. From Shanghai.

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