Torrey Pines State Reserve
The Torrey Pines State Reserve is named for the rare, bushy trees native to the area. Visitors get the opportunity to take in the natural beauty of southern California, with a variety of hiking trails and excellent views of the ocean, with occasional whale sightings offshore.
San Diego Harbor
Anyone with an appreciation for history is sure to enjoy the ships resting at San Diego Harbor. The USS Midway stands out; this massive aircraft carrier offers guided tours and a look at life onboard. Just a short walk away is the Maritime Museum, featuring various historic sailing vessels and submarines.
San Diego Zoo
Celebrated as one of the country’s best zoos, San Diego Zoo is an incredible experience for the whole family. The huge zoo holds plenty of awe-inspiring animals, from giant pandas to clouded leopards to Tasmanian devils, as well as sea lion performances and 4-D shows.
Where can you NOT get a fish taco in San Diego? Wherever you turn, popular restaurants, trucks and stands are slinging these tasty tacos. If you want to try more without driving all over town, get tickets to Pacific Beach’s annual Best of the Beach fish taco challenge.
Phil’s BBQ has been a San Diego institution since 1998, when Phil Pace started serving delicious meats following his own top-secret recipes. If you’re really hungry, go for the massive beef ribs, or for a smaller portion, get the El Toro, stuffed with chargrilled tri-tip, all slathered with tasty sauce.
Yakitori is specifically skewered chicken cooked over a charcoal grill, though the term commonly encompasses many other Japanese-style grilled items. Adventurous eaters should try the chicken hearts at Yakitori Yakyudori & Ramen or the beef tongue at Yokohama Yakitori Koubou.
The Old Globe
Drink up the fabulous stage performances at California's oldest professional theater and San Diego's largest theater organization. The Old Globe has three stages — the Old Globe Theatre, the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre and the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre — which feature a rich variety of shows throughout the seasons.
Slake your thirst for beer at the venerable Hamilton’s Tavern, where the bar boasts 28 selections on tap, two cask beer engines and more than 200 bottles to choose from. Patrons frequent this popular neighborhood alehouse for its craft beers and friendly crowd; plus, it’s dog-friendly!
Cinema Under the Stars
What better way to take advantage of San Diego’s idyllic weather than to spend the evening at an outdoor theater? Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hill features “zero-gravity” seats that allow customers to put their feet up, as well as cozy blankets to help you get comfortable in the intimate, 60-seat space.