How many times have you been stuck in hours of traffic while road tripping to your vacation? Or, stuck in endless security lines while praying you’ll make your flight? Isn’t the whole point of a vacation to get away from this type of stress? “Staycations” release you from your daily grind without the hassle of traveling or the hefty price tag. When is the last time you looked at your hometown through the eyes of a tourist? Go ahead and sleep in, let someone else make your bed, and experience why a staycation may be the best trip you’ve taken all year.
Today we highlight sunny San Diego, where the city’s famed weather is only the start of a great staycation experience.
Things to Do in San Diego
Whether you’re a culture vulture, animal lover, or outdoor enthusiast, San Diego has something to whet your appetite.
Animals, arts, and antiquities – oh my! Nothing brings so many worlds together in one spot quite like Balboa Park.
Did you love the Lego movie? Unleash your inner child and immerse yourself in the endless possibilities that Legoland has to offer.
Hot Air Ballooning
Take a romantic and exhilarating hot air balloon ride over scenic Del Mar.
San Diego Zoo
One word: pandas. Go ahead and say you’re going just for the kids. We won’t tell.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
No need to trek to Africa to spot the Big Five. They’re all conveniently located right in your own backyard.
Mission Bay Boardwalk
This mellow boardwalk is super serene and relaxing. You can run, bike or walk next to nice houses while you check out the beautiful views of the bay.
Take to the sea to catch of one of nature’s most beautiful and wondrous sights. Gray whales and dolphins abound.
Torrey Pines Gliderport
For adrenaline enthusiasts, try hang gliding off La Jolla cliffs for a unique, bird’s eye view of San Diego.
Snorkeling with Sharks
It’s not what you think. Snorkel and splash with friendly leopard sharks off the shores of La Jolla. But, imagine your friends’ faces when you tell them!
Where to Eat in San Diego
Flip-flops or heels? Little black dress or jeans? Bring it all! The city’s culinary scene covers all the bases.
Bob’s Steak & Chop House
The traditional American prime steakhouse is known for its flavorful filets, the iconic, larger than life, glazed carrot and stiff drinks.
Don’t judge this bare bones joint by its exterior or you’ll miss out on what may be the city’s best burrito.
Finger-licking good barbecue classics–baby back ribs, pulled pork, onion rings–make Phil’s a local favorite.
It’s anything but basic here. This renovated warehouse turns out award-winning pizza, and prides its comfortable, no-frills atmosphere.
Located in the shadow of PETCO Park, Tin Fish is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. And the fish tacos are touted as the best in town.
The only thing more eclectic than celebrity chef Brian Malarkey’s menu is the amped up and irreverent decor. Truly a dining experience.
The Kebab Shop
It’s a carnivore’s delight. Melt-in-your-mouth slow-grilled meats that will make even a vegan’s mouth water.
Where to Shop in San Diego
Boutiques or brand names? No matter what you’re seeking, there’s always something to catch your eye.
Stroll along the waterfront, peruse the shops, and stop for a bite to eat at this charming seaside spot.
Enjoy the fresh air while shopping at this upscale outdoor shopping center.
This National Historic District’s boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment are very of the moment and there’s always something new.
Mall as art? It is at Horton Plaza, where funky design and bright colors vye for shoppers’ attention among the shops.
It’s called “the jewel” for a reason. Explore the one-of-a-kind shops for unusual treasures, then stop by La Jolla Cove Beach for a sunset you’ll never forget.
Where to Stay in San Diego
Omni San Diego Hotel
Sure, it’s across the street from the convention center, but staying at Omni is just as much pleasure as it is business. Sits right at the foot of the Gaslamp, and it’s also connected via pedestrian skywalk to PETCO Park–perfect for baseball fans.
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
Located just north of San Diego in the city of Carlsbad, tucked away and set within manicured gardens, this romantic Spanish Colonial-style resort is the peaceful and quiet getaway you were looking for.