San Diego Travel Guide
San Diego is a major American city located in southern California. The city is actually located on the border with Mexico, and is after Los Angeles the second largest city in the state. Nearly 1.4 million people live in the coastal city, making it the eighth largest city in the United States. The city is known for its warm climate, its wonderful beaches and a relaxed and sunny atmosphere.
San Diego has a warm climate all year round. It is rare for the degree to go below 10 degrees, and it usually stays around 25 degrees during the summer months (from April to October is the best time to visit San Diego). However, it happens that the temperatures rise to over 40 degrees in September as well, because when a heat wave first comes, it tends to stay for a while.
Travel to San Diego
San Diego is virtually on the “other side of the globe.” The city is located in the southwest of the United States, but the journey there does not necessarily have to be too complicated. You can fly directly to Los Angeles from Oslo Airport, including Norwegian. Then you can choose whether you want to fly domestically, or whether you want to make it an ever so small road trip. The drive downhill rarely takes more than 3 hours, and you also get to see much of the coastal landscape in California. Another route that many use is to fly to New York, spend a few days there, and then fly on to San Diego.
The official currency throughout the United States is the US dollar. The price level in San Diego is generally lower than in New York and Los Angeles. In particular, one should take advantage of the low prices of clothes, and buy a suitcase to take home. As a tourist, you mostly travel safely in San Diego, but like most big cities, you have to take regular precautions in relation to where you go in the evening and so on.
Hotels and restaurants in San Diego
Depending on what you want to see, you should also consider where to live. Many Norwegians travel to San Diego in connection with the annual Comic Con. It is held at the San Diego Convention Center, and consequently you may want to find accommodation near it. Beyond that, you can stay a little outside the city center itself to get cheaper accommodation prices. Regardless, we recommend that you consider renting a car so that you can get to Los Angeles and the many small towns along the coast of California. For those who want to experience California at its best, we recommend that you book into a hotel on either Pacific Beach or Mission Beach in San Diego. These are areas that are a little outside the city center and here you can experience beach life with nice bars, long beaches, surfing, swimming and a vibrant nightlife in the evenings.
With the Mexican border just a few miles south of San Diego, there is of course a lot of Mexican food on the menu here. Of course you should explore this, but there are also many traditional steak houses (or “steak houses”) in the city, which serve various meat dishes with lots of accessories. In general, it is cheaper to eat a little outside the downtown area, where you can eat well and full for a few hundred bucks.
Attractions in San Diego
San Diego is a city with a lot of exciting nature, and consequently there are many natural attractions one should experience. Strandkos is a matter of course, and San Diego has several tourist-friendly beaches with lots of activities. Also, don’t forget the museums and entertainment venues in the city center if you’re interested in that kind of thing.
San Diego also has a long history of military and warfare, and now the retired USS Midway is docked for good in San Diego. It is a warship that has been in American service for decades, and it is now a tourist attraction. You can see over 25 different aircraft that also served on the ship, as well as of course learn a great deal about American naval history.
San Diego Zoo
Since 1916, the San Diego Zoo has welcomed spectator tourists who want to see exotic animals live. The zoo has, among other things, pandas, snakes, giraffes and more. In total, there are over 4,000 animals in the park, which also has an extensive plant facility with almost 700,000 exotic plants.
San Diego Safari Park
A perhaps more exciting alternative to the zoo is the Safari Park which is located about 1 hour drive outside San Diego (in the middle of the wilderness). This is a giant facility built in safari style, and we recommend that you take part in a guided safari trip in a golf cart. Then you get to see exotic animals from either the African savannah or from the Asian forests. One of the best zoos in the world.
Pacific Beach is a neighborhood in San Diego that is popularly known as “PB”. The district is very popular with surfers and young people, and the place also has a bustling nightlife with a number of bars, restaurants and shops. The beach is also very nice and suitable for swimming, sunbathing and surfing. A recommended place to stay if you are visiting San Diego!
Sea World San Diego
Sea World is an amusement park that has the main focus on life in the sea. Here you can both ride carousels, watch shows, and watch a number of different creatures from the sea. Suitable for both adults and children.
Point Loma – Cabrillo National Monument
The Cabrillo National Monument is located on the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula and from this monument you have a wonderful view of downtown San Diego. Well worth a visit because of the view alone.
“La Jolla” is Spanish for “jewel”, and it is the name of a natural attraction in San Diego. This is an extensive complex of cliffs, where there is also a rich wildlife. In the area there are lots of restaurants and shops with beautiful views of nature, while offering lots of activities in the water. It takes 20 minutes to drive to La Jolla, located north of downtown San Diego.
The most optimal tourist destination for families visiting San Diego must be Legoland. It is therefore not only in Denmark, but also in California. There is an extensive park just north of San Diego, with exciting exhibits as well as some carousels and similar attractions.