A visit to San Diego leaves some asking, “Why don’t I live here?” With the semi-tropical weather, 70 miles of beautiful beaches
, and relaxed yet dynamic lifestyle that this second largest city in California provides, San Diego is truly an alluring destination for those just visiting or staying for good.
With all the options, it could be mighty tough to decide what to do. Maybe you should meditate on your course of action at the serene Japanese Friendship Garden. Or trade placid ponds for the grand yet soothing sounds of the area’s famous beaches while planning your itinerary.
When you’re ready for action, why not start where San Diego began? Old Town San Diego is known as the “Jamestown of the Pacific” because it was one of the first European settlements on the West Coast. Now the Old Town is a state park where you can embark on a guided trolley ride that takes you out of Old Town and into some of San Diego’s most popular attractions including the historic Gaslamp Quarter, well known for its dining (there are 80 restaurants here!), shopping and entertainment. Another great place along the way for experiencing the best of San Diego’s metro delights is Seaport Village, especially if you enjoy waterfront views.
Yet another stop on the trolley is Balboa Park, called America’s largest cultural park. The world famous San Diego Zoo is here along with the San Diego Museum of Man, and many other world-class art museums, gardens and cultural centers.
Though your trolley ride may be over, your must-see list is not as you take in the Birch Aquarium’s extensive sea life, enjoy an afternoon at Ellen Browning Scripps Park with its beautiful ocean view, and reach through the centuries at the first of the great California missions, the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala.
After all the sightseeing it may be time for another restful beach visit at Mission Beach, a popular spot with both locals and tourists. Be careful though! Soaking in the warm climate and listening to the waves on the shore may have you asking yourself why you don’t live here. And the truth is, you probably have a point.