The Ultimate One-Week San Diego Itinerary • The Blonde Abroad

The Final One-Week San Diego Itinerary • The Blonde Overseas

Rising up within the wine nation of Temecula, I used to be endlessly dreaming of my subsequent journey in San Diego.

My checklist of issues to do within the large metropolis by no means stopped rising. Fortuitously, San Diego was solely an hour away so it was straightforward to jump over to discover the wonderful eateries, attractive seashores, and funky neighborhoods.

All through years of residing in Cape City, San Diego stayed close to and expensive to my coronary heart. Once I was lastly able to plant roots in Southern California, I made a beeline for this cool coastal metropolis.

In the present day, I name San Diego dwelling and my staycations are every part I dreamt they might be. I relish the chance to indicate individuals round my stomping grounds.

That’s why I created my Final Information to San Diego Journey that will help you get your bearings. Now, that will help you dig into the day by day planning, right here is my one-week San Diego Itinerary.

Prepared for an insider’s information to San Diego? Let’s go!

Which Neighborhood to Keep in San Diego

It’s important to grasp simply how geographically large San Diego County is. As you might be planning out your must-see spots round city, have a look at a map.

There are 70 miles of shoreline throughout the county so issues could be a lot farther aside than you may suppose.

There are too many neighborhoods to even checklist so I’m simply going to scratch the floor by itemizing the most effective bases for exploration.

If you’re solely on the town for one week, you’ll discover a numerous vary of choices. That will help you determine, let’s have a look at which areas are greatest for various kinds of journey.

Downtown/Little Italy

In case you’re searching for top-notch nightlife, add downtown and the Gaslamp (simply beside Little Italy) to your checklist.

Whereas Little Italy is near Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo, it’s not an important space for teenagers. You’ll additionally discover the parking expensive is difficult to return by.

Alternatively, in case you’re searching for an evening in town and plan to Uber it round, you’re going to adore it.

Seaside Cities

For a beautiful view of the Pacific and a laid again vibe, you’ll be spoiled for selection all through the Pacific Seaside, Ocean Seaside, and Mission Seaside space

La Jolla

This drop-dead attractive space comes at a premium however is nicely price it if you want to deal with your self.

North County

When you’ll be a bit farther from the everyday vacationer spots like Balboa Park and the Zoo, you’ll discover chill locations to flee in Del Mar, Solana Seaside, Leucadia, Encinitas, and Carlsbad.

In case you’re solely planning to pop down the Balboa Park space and are extra involved in searching for a spot to disconnect, search for choices up right here. It’s a soothing seaside space with bargains available.


I like the Carlsbad Flower Fields up right here! Go to within the spring to admire the colourful blooms. Remember although that you just’re 45 minutes from Level Loma and this isn’t a sensible base in case you’re planning to discover San Diego day by day.

The Greatest  Time to Go to San Diego

By far and away the most effective time to go to is from August to October. The climate continues to be heat however you’ll discover the hordes of vacationers have largely cleared out.

In case you’re not from California, you won’t be conversant in “Could Grey” and “June Gloom.”

Whereas now we have a couple of heat and sunny days within the spring, it doesn’t really feel like summer time till round July. By a lot of spring and early summer time, the mornings are overcast and a bit dreary.

That mentioned, I do benefit from the overcast days as a result of it hardly ever truly rains. It’s the sort of climate the place you possibly can cozy up in a cardigan and sip a sizzling brew in a espresso store.

In case you’re searching for enjoyable within the solar on the seaside, Could and June aren’t tremendous dependable instances to go.

Getting Round San Diego

Surely, having your personal set of wheels in San Diego is important. Whereas there are walkable areas, they’re far-flung. Through the course of per week, you’ll want to discover the broader San Diego space.

Southern California isn’t recognized for its public transport and there’s a cause for that.

The quite a few freeways close by loop round, connecting all the seaside cities and areas within the outskirts of San Diego…however they’re for vehicles. Counting on the bus system is irritating and time-consuming.

Planning Tip: Whereas I’ve put collectively a one-week information, it’s a free plan. You may combine and match totally different occasions and do issues in no matter order you favor.

I’d extremely advocate trying out the metropolis occasion calendar as you begin planning.

See if there are any festivals or large occasions that you just wish to try or keep away from (in case you’re not attending, the visitors, parking hassles, and inflated costs throughout main occasions could be annoying).

Day 1: Balboa Park and the Zoo

These are the 2 must-see websites of San Diego.

You may knock them each out in in the future. The entire prime museums are collectively in a single spot. In case you’re touring with children, they’re positive to like the Zoo (as will the grown-ups!).

A lot of Balboa Park’s unbelievable Spanish-inspired structure was constructed between 1915 and the late Thirties for various Expositions (you might know these as World’s Gala’s).

There are many nice locations to stroll round outdoors of the zoo and you’ll BYOB to have a wine picnic. Take your time exploring and make a full day of simply these two spots.

Craving Mexican meals? El Indio is famous! Proper across the nook from it, you’ll additionally discover the “greatest” California Burrito within the state at Lucha Libre.

Day 2: Carry on the Brews

With 150 breweries and new locations popping up day by day, San Diego has most undoubtedly earned its place amongst the world’s greatest craft beer capital.

Make a day of beer tasting and exploring all the distinctive choices that you’ll solely discover right here.

To pattern the native suds, make a beeline for North Park. And, come hungry! This place is dwelling to the most effective native eateries and craft beer spots on the town.

Day 3-4: Seaside Days

It’s all in regards to the seaside right here and also you’ll need a few days to soak within the solar. Past bronzing and watersports, every seaside city has its personal distinctive vibe.

When you’ll hear locals recommending a variety of spots, with regards to accessibility and choices, you possibly can’t go improper with any of this line-up of fashionable seashores.

Listed below are a couple of locations to take a look at:

Mission Seaside and Belmont Park

While you consider a basic boardwalk, you might be most likely imagining one thing like this. From bumper vehicles to miniature golf to seaside rental outlets, these two miles of boardwalk right here have every part for households.

It’s additionally an important space for biking or rollerblading. After darkish, you’ll additionally discover a lot to do round Mission Seaside and close by Pacific Seaside.

La Jolla Shores

In terms of household choices, it is a prime decide. With comparatively calm seas, and lifeguards available, it is a mother or father’s fave.

Make certain to take a look at the Youngsters’s Pool La Jolla! It’s a small, sandy seaside with an space initially constructed for teenagers to be secluded from the waves by a concrete barrier — it’s now fairly fashionable for seals to hang around in!

You possibly can even go kayaking, if that’s your coronary heart’s need!

Coronado Island

This quaint island off the coast is the proper decide for households and {couples}. You may tour the legendary Resort del Coronado, store on the one-of-a-kind boutiques, or stroll by means of the parks.

Pacific Seaside

It is a younger and energetic city that’s fashionable with surfers. Catch a wave, surf Crystal Pier, then stick round for drinks and dinner.

Mission Bay

If you wish to lease a Duffey boat or hop on a paddleboard, Mission Bay is an efficient possibility as a result of its bay location means there are not any waves.


Dwelling to Legoland California theme park, lovely spring flower fields, and eight totally different seashores, this metropolis simply north of San Diego has scenic spots with a small-town vibe.

Make certain to test the calendar for the Flower Fields as the long-lasting ranunculus are solely in bloom from the start of March to the start of Could!

Aquarium at Scripps

The greater than 5,000 fish who name it dwelling, make the 60+ aquariums at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Establishment of Oceanography a should for teenagers (and children at coronary heart).

Torrey Pines

Day 5: Mountaineering and Nature Reserve

Begin your day in Torrey Pines. Hike the character reserve and soak within the magnificence away from the shoreline. After getting labored up an urge for food, go for brunch.

Within the afternoon, head over to Solana Seaside or Del Mar. They’re each recognized for his or her eclectic boutiques, stylish eateries, and native artwork galleries.

Day 6-7: Select Your Personal Journey

For the final two days of your San Diego go to, you possibly can select your personal journey. Listed below are a couple of of my all-time faves:

Take a look at the Bay and Coronado Island

Go for a naval ship tour, take the Hornblower cruise, go to the Halfway Museum, then store, eat, and drink your method by means of the Halfway District, in addition to the attractive Coronado Island!

Padres Recreation

Take your self out to the ballgame!

Little Italy Avenue Market

Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market is on each Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm. For meals, crafts, and an important vibe, begin your day right here.

Wednesday Night time Market in OB

The Ocean Seaside Farmers Market is held each Wednesday from 4 to eight pm. It’s an important place for shopping, choosing up native goodies, and a chief spot for people-watching.

Sundown Cliffs

The sundown from right here is so spectacular that they named the entire place after it! And, on prime of being a romantic spot, it’s additionally an important place for yoga courses.

Do notice that it’s a well-liked spot in the summertime although so remember that it will get crowded.

That mentioned, it’s a implausible location for a picnic with severe views!

Glider Port in Torrey Pines

The Torrey Pines Gliderport is the proper place to get your coronary heart racing and get a hen’s eye view of the town.

Vineyard Day

There are greater than 100 wineries in San Diego County and lots extra simply outdoors. In case you’re a fellow wine lover, do miss your likelihood to pattern the native vintages.

A Night time on the City in Little Italy

You’ll discover wonderful nightlife throughout Little Italy and the Gaslamp District. For a assured nice evening out, try Moonshine Flats, or Kettner Alternate.

What would you add to your dream San Diego itinerary? I’ll be engaged on eating places and brunch guides shortly! Let me know what you’d prefer to see within the feedback under!

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