The 24-hour Tourist: San Diego


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I’ve been around the world… and no matter where I go, landing in San Diego is always breathtaking. As in, everywhere I turn, it takes my breath away. From the moment we prepare for landing and glide amongst the tall buildings of downtown San Diego, to the sailboats bopping along the San Diego Bay the views are always remarkable. There are a million things to do in San Diego, with the weather being a perfect 70 degrees almost 200 days of the year. What you don’t accomplish on your first trip, you can go back for more, time and time again. Easily, one can fall in love with this eclectic city, rich in history and contemporary charm.  Even after visiting a handful of times, one can never really get sick of spending time in a city that is considered one of the best climates in the world. With all that San Diego has to offer, the sprawling beaches to the quaint coffee shops, the adventures never end. No transportation? No problem. There is a trolley that will zoom you around the area in no time. Uber and Lyft are in abundance. Taxis. check. Local city buses and trains are also available. Not to mention the local bicyclists who will trek you around town in a carriage. No need to rent a car, transportation in San Diego is everywhere.

With so much to do where do you begin?

I decided to break it down by category because I could really spend an entire day writing about things to do in San Diego. Here are the categories. Beach Bums. Thrill Seeker. History buff. Museums and more.

Beach Bum:

La Jolla Cove

Windansea Beach

Pacific Beach

Mission Bay Park

Ocean Beach

Torrey Pines State Beach


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Thrill Seeker:

Jet Pack America

San Diego Sky Tours

Fly Guy Water Sports

Belmont Park

Torrey Pines Gliderport


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History Buff:

Old Town State Historic Park

Cabrillo National Monument

Mission San Diego De Alcala

Haunted San Diego

Star of India


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The San Diego Museum of Art

Museum of Contemporary Art

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

The Maritime Museum

San Diego Air and Space Museum

USS Midway Museum


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If I had to send you to just one place, I would hands down tell you, head to La Jolla. Then make the trip up the mountain to Mount Soledad. The glider port also has some of my favorite views.


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The view from the top of the mountain is beautiful; on a clear day you can see for miles. The history is rich, the panoramic vistas are spectacular and you can even enjoy a picnic lunch on what feels like the top of the world. These lists are just places I have chosen to explore. There is so many places that have been omitted. This list does not even begin to explore wine country, the award winning casinos, or the avocado groves that make the countryside of San Diego so unique. Come once, come a thousand times; it never gets old and you will NEVER run out of things to do.