Engage with ASPHP in America’s Finest City!

San Diego, the eighth largest city in the nation, offers laid-back California comfort with the perfect blend of nature, city, suburbia, and entertainment to suit every personality. Come early, or extend your stay, to enjoy all that San Diego has to offer.

Beachside Vibes, Big-City Adventures

The city is a buzzing hum of culture, entertainment, food and fun around every corner and laid-back neighborhood.  It's a playground for the young and young at heart, for those looking for thrills to those who just need to decompress. So read on to plan the adventure that works for you, then pack a bag, catch a ride, and we'll see you in San Diego. 

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RIDE THE TROLLEY TO LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Everyone who visits San Diego should take a trolley ride! Passes are available for purchase at individual trolley stops. 

San Diego and Coronado's Only Hop-On & Hop-Off City Tour

Enjoy "America’s Finest City" on a two-hour, fully narrated, historic city tour of San Diego and Coronado aboard a uniquely themed trolley. The tour covers approximately 25 miles and over 100 points of interest in a fast-paced two-hour narrative. Guests can hop on and off at a couple stops and tour at their own pace throughout the day. Tour stops include: Old Town (4010 Twiggs St), San Diego Harbor, Seaport Village, Horton Plaza, Marriott/Convention Center, Gaslamp Quarter, Hilton Bayfront, Coronado, Little Italy and Balboa Park. The Old Town Trolley city tour combines colorful anecdotes, humorous stories and well-researched historical information! 

 All of these destinations are ready for exploring and accessible by trolley:

Gaslamp Quarter

Located just minutes from Mission Valley, San Diego's thriving urban center features modern architecture and Victorian-Age buildings standing side-by-side. The historic Gaslamp Quarter offers eclectic galleries, chic boutiques, trendy nightclubs, rooftop bars, gastropubs, craft beer haunts, and fine dining restaurants. https://www.sandiego.org/articles/downtown/historic-gaslamp-quarter.aspx

iFLY San Diego Indoor Skydiving

For those with a sense of adventure, experience how it feels to fly while staying safe inside at iFLY. More than seven million people have taken to the air since iFLY developed the first modern wind tunnel in 1998. https://www.iflyworld.com/san-diego/

 Little Italy

Once home to San Diego's flourishing tuna fishing industry and generations of Italian families who made their living on the sea, Little Italy is now a lively neighborhood filled with patio cafés, packed restaurants, craft brew stops, urban wineries, art galleries, sophisticated shops, boutique hotels, and the beautiful Amici Park. https://www.sandiego.org/explore/downtown-urban/little-italy.aspx

Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala

Visit the Mission San Diego, founded in 1769 by Spanish priests as the first of the California Missions. This historical shrine marks the origin of Christianity in the American West.

https://www.sandiego.org/articles/history/mission-san-diego-de-alcala.aspx

Old Town

The birthplace of California, the Old Town neighborhood is rich with history and scenery, and it marks the site of the first Spanish settlement on the U.S. West Coast. Visit 12 acres of Mexican heritage and historical sites, colorful shops, museums, a theater, and the restored Cosmopolitan Hotel. Restaurants in Old Town include Casa de Reyes, Casa Guadalajara, Café Coyote, and Old Town Mexican Café. http://www.oldtownsandiego.org/

Petco Park

Home of the San Diego Padres, Petco Park is also a popular venue for concerts, soccer, golf, and rugby sevens. Named after the San Diego-based pet supplies retailer Petco, the park opened in 2004. https://www.mlb.com/padres/ballpark/

San Diego Harbor

The waterfront Embarcadero ("boarding place" in Spanish) lines the western edge of downtown. In San Diego Harbor, climb aboard the ships at the USS Midway Museum, the Star of India, or the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Or, hop on a harbor cruise and explore the bay while taking in the skyline views. http://www.san-diego-attractions.10-best.info/harbor.html

Seaport Village

Located on the downtown waterfront, Seaport Village is a 14‐acre center constructed in the style of a 19th‐century harbor village, complete with weathered wood wharfs and cobblestone paths lined by ponds, lakes, fountains, and lush landscaping. It’s one of the top tourist attractions in San Diego. https://www.seaportvillage.com/

SeaWorld® Adventure Park

Town and Country San Diego is a SeaWorld preferred partner. Immerse yourself in wonder at SeaWorld San Diego with amazing animals, interactive attractions, aquariums, beautiful landscaping, and thrilling rides. Spread across 190 acres on Mission Bay, every visit to SeaWorld supports its animal rescue programs. https://www.sandiego.org/members/attractions/seaworld-san-diego.aspx

Tijuana

“Bienvenido a Mexico!” Just 20 miles from downtown San Diego, the trolley stops at San Ysidro Station right across the border from Tijuana, Mexico. See the Monumental Arch and Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe while discovering the local street art, shopping, and food. https://www.smartertravel.com/san-diego-trolley-tijuana-transportation/

VISIT SAN DIEGO SITES BY CAR, UBER, OR LYFT

Balboa Park

The iconic Balboa Park is a magnificent cultural oasis that includes 17 museums, tranquil gardens, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo (https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/). Balboa Park – at 1,200 acres – is the largest urban cultural park in North America and has a rich history reflected through stunning architecture, art installations, and cultural events throughout the year. https://www.balboapark.org/

LEGOLAND®

If children are accompanying you at some point during your stay, drive 30 minutes north to LEGOLAND California Resort, which is home to more than 60 family-friendly rides, imaginative shows, and attractions. Children of all ages are inspired to become a Master Builder in just one day. https://www.legoland.com/california/

Mission Bay Park

Mission Bay Park is the largest aquatic park of its kind in the country. Located just minutes from Mission Valley, the 4,600-acre aquatic playground is surrounded by 27 miles of meandering shoreline. Ride the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster at Belmont Park Beachfront Amusement Center, enjoy a relaxing day on the beach, or burn some energy sailing, kite surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, or biking. https://www.sandiego.org/members/attractions/belmont-park.aspx

Mission Trails Regional Park

Mission Trails encompasses more than 7,000 acres of rugged hills, valleys, and open areas. One of the largest urban parks in the country, Mission Trails is home to Cowles Mountain, East Fortuna (Equestrian) Staging Area, Kumeyaay Lake and Campground, Old Mission Dam Historic Site, Kwaay Paay Peak, and many other areas to hike, bike, rock climb, bird watch, and explore.

https://www.sandiego.org/members/parks-gardens/mission-trails-regional-park.aspx

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

If you prefer wide open spaces and animals from arid environments, choose San Diego’s Safari Park instead of the Zoo. Take a guided safari-like tour riding on an open-air tram through the African Savannah field, where animals roam free. Safari Park includes over 2,600 animals and 300 species on 1,800 acres of wildlife sanctuary. It is located in Escondido, a 40-60-minute drive from downtown. https://www.sdzsafaripark.org/

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