San Diego's Top 5 Tourist Attractions
San Diego is the oldest and second biggest city in California. Despite having enchanting natural beauty and a climate with plenty of sunshine, it has long been overshadowed by it's glamorous neighbors Los Angeles and San Francisco.
San Diego is located right at the edge of the Pacific, therefore offering miles of beautiful coastline and one of the best climates in the county. It is a lot more compact and family friendly compared to Los Angeles, and is a home to world class attractions including the country’s best zoo and has the largest cultural park in Northern America.
The city also has a lot of history to offer because it is the birthplace of California-Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez, who landed on what is now San Diego Bay, later claiming the area for Spain in 1542. LA is just 2 hours drive from this town and the Mexico boarder is only 30 minutes down the road; making it even more worthwhile to explore. The following is a round up of 5 top tourist attractions in San Diego that you ought to visit.
1. Balboa Park
Balboa Park is America’s biggest cultural park which sits on 1,200 acres of land. It also boasts 15 museums that are housed in astonishing Spanish colonial revival style buildings. You can always hire an audio tour for a comprehensive overview of the park’s world class architecture and beautiful gardens or take a pick of the museums which include San Diego Natural History Museum and San Diego Air and Space Museum. The park is also home to Tony Award winning Old Globe Theater and host the world's most famous zoo.
2. La Jolla
La Jolla is pronounced as 'La Hoya'. This name is derived from the Spanish name for jewel. La Jolla is an apt name for laid back coastal community which includes beautiful beaches and coastlines that are perfect for surfing, kayaking, and swimming. Snorkelers and scuba divers can also get close to marine life-protected waters of La Jolla Underwater Park.
SeaWorld is located in the Mission Bay and is one of the most famous tourist attractions in San Diego. Attractions at this 189-acre park include the shark’s encounter, celebrity Shamu killer whale, penguin encounter and the wild arctic. Visitors can also get the chance to feed the sea lions, swim alongside dolphins and learn how to communicate with the beluga whale. There is also the Shamu Stadium, where crowd flock to watch the killer whale back flip and twist in a live show.
4. USS Midway Museum
USS Midway was part of US Navy fleet for 47 years and home for 200,000+ sailors during Vietnam and the Persian Gulf Wars. The flight carrier was decommissioned in 1992 and now is a giant floating museum in the San Diego bay. The Museum is a self guided walking tour that takes around 2 hours with its highlight includes flight simulators, access to the ship's engine room, flight deck, and ship mess deck.
5. Lego Land
Lego land is a 128-acre interactive theme park which is located in Carlsbad. This park offers its visitors 50+ attractions and rides in 8 distinctive play areas. There is a Lego Hero factory where children can build their own heroes and a Star Wars Mini-Land which recreates scenes from movies where you can pose with life-sized Lego Models of R2-D2, Chewbacca and Darth Vader. It also boast the world’s only themed water park and sea aquarium which features 35-feet-long ocean tunnel displaying tropical fish, sharks and a replica of the lost city of Atlantis.