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7 Great Places to Visit When Traveling to San Diego

Naturally, San Diego has California weather and Pacific Coast beaches, but it also has many more unexpected pleasures. Take a look at just a few attractions that keep bringing tourist back for great fun in the sun!

La Jolla Shore

La Jolla Shore provides excellent swimming in a spectacular natural setting. Kayak and surf/SUP board rentals are available. Along La Jolla Cove, you can explore sea caves, view the seals, and visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants of La Jolla Village. The Knoll at Scripps Coastal Reserve offers a view of magnificent Pacific Coast sunsets from 350+ foot sea cliffs. You can also hike and watch hang gliders do tricks at Torrey Pines State Reserve.

Mission Beach

Mission Beach is a lively place for people watching, while Pacific Beach is San Diego's center for surfing. Consider visiting Belmont Park as you can ride the historic Giant Dipper roller coaster or rent a sailboat, kayak, and SUP board for some great beach fun. Sand Diego has a lot of great beachfront locations but none are quiet as great as Mission Beach.

Gaslamp Quarter, East Village, and Little Italy

Gaslamp Quarter is lively, fun, busy, and party central for downtown San Diego. Victorian buildings house clubs, restaurants, high-end steakhouse, bars, and shops. In East Village, you'll find the less busy, quieter, and less expensive bars and restaurants where the locals mingle. In Little Italy, many of the restaurants reflect the area's Italian heritage. You can walk there from the convention center or enjoy a rickshaw ride. Little Italy also has its own trolley station.

Viejas Casino and Resort

Located just outside of San Diego, the Viejas resort includes a hotel and numerous restaurants -- a steakhouse, a cafe, a buffet, a coffee bar, and Asian and Mexican cuisine. The casino offers slots, bingo, table games, and off track betting.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park, one of the largest urban cultural parks in the U.S., includes the Timken Museum of Art, where admission is free, and the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. The organ, with its 32' pipes, has been a San Diego landmark since 1914. Organists provide free concerts on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 PM.

The U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista

Free guided tours of the 150-acre training center start from the Copley Visitor Center at 11:00 AM on Saturday. Free self-guided tours are available daily between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Tours include the training fields and tracks, the athlete dorms, and the Otay Lake Reservoir.

Julian, a gold mining town in the Cuyamaca Mountains

The Julian Chamber of Commerce provides a free map for a self-guided walking tour of historic sites around the century old mining town. If history is your forte then opting to visit this historic location right in San Diego County should by high on the list.

It is clear that there is a lot to explore and enjoy in and around San Diego. Next time you find yourself in southern California then visiting some of these sites should take precedence.

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