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How many times have you been stuck in hours of traffic while roadtripping 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. sandiego_spring_resize

SEE

Whether you’re a culture vulture, animal lover, or outdoor enthusiast, San Diego has something to whet your appetite. Balboa Park Animals, arts, and antiquities – oh my! Nothing brings so many worlds together in one spot quite like Balboa Park. Legoland 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.
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Photo Credit: San Diego Zoo
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. Whale Watching 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! The Chopra Center Bliss out at this East-meets-West temple of well-being, which offers so much more than a standard spa experience. yoga

EAT

Flip-flops or heels? Little black dress or jeans? Bring it all! The city’s culinary scene covers all the bases. BlueFire Grill The patio is San Diego’s place to see and be seen at this seasonally driven restaurant in the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. bluefire2 California Burrito Don’t judge this bare bones joint by its exterior or you’ll miss out on what may be the city’s best burrito. Phil’s BBQ Finger-licking good barbecue classics–baby back ribs, pulled pork, onion rings–make Phil’s a local favorite. Basic Bar/Pizza It’s anything but basic here. This renovated warehouse turns out award-winning pizza, and prides its comfortable, no-frills atmosphere.
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Photo Credit: BASIC
Tin Fish Located in the shadow of PETCO Park, Tin Fish is the quintessential San Diego sports bar experience, and has a fantastic patio. And the fish tacos are touted as the best in town. Searsucker 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. McCormick & Schmick’s Fresh seafood and prime aged steaks have made McCormick & Schmick’s a culinary staple across the country.
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Photo Credit: McCormick & Schmick’s

SHOP

Boutiques or brand names? No matter what you’re seeking, there’s always something to catch your eye. Seaport Village Stroll along the waterfront, peruse the shops, and stop for a bite to eat at this charming seaside spot.
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Photo Credit: Seaport Village
Fashion Valley Enjoy the fresh air while shopping at this upscale outdoor shopping center. Gaslamp Quarter This National Historic District’s boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment are very of the moment and there’s always something new. 184013.jpg Horton Plaza Mall as art? It is at Horton Plaza, where funky design and bright colors vye for shoppers’ attention among the shops. La Jolla 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.

STAY

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. SANDTN_EXT18_4C 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. SANRST_LaCostaPoolExterior

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