Top Spots to Take Guests in San Diego

San Diegans are lucky to live in a place that the rest of the country envies! With year-round sunshine, miles of coastline, and a never-ending list of local eateries and activities, San Diego has something for everyone. In fact, there is so much to do in San Diego, it might get overwhelming just planning where to visit with your guests. We’ve made it easy for you and compiled San Diego’s treasures that will have your guests in awe.


Wind down at Cabrillo National Monument

After a day of traveling, your guests will thank you for the endless scenic views that Cabrillo National Monument offers. On a clear day, you can relax into the expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. Make sure to check The National Park Service website for alerts and conditions.

Fun facts to tell your guests:

  • The sandstone monument commemorates the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo
  • During the winter, this location is a famous spot to see the migration of the gray whales
  • This National Monument is known as “San Diego’s Hometown National Park”


A day well-spent in Balboa Park

Impress your visitors by taking them to San Diego’s famous park offering arts, culture, and entertainment! Visit the botanical gardens, museums, and restaurants. Make sure to check the current and up and coming events, films, and dining offered at Balboa Park.

Fun facts to tell your guests:

  • There are over 16 historical museums to visit
  • Today the Park totals to 1,200 acres
  • Budget-friendly deals and specials are offered daily


Stroll, shop, and dine at Seaport Village

Satisfy your urge to splurge at 54 shops, fill your appetite at a casual eatery, or dress up and head to one of the waterfront restaurants. Seaport Village sets the perfect backdrop for a daytime outing; just make sure to wear comfortable shoes!

Fun facts to tell your guests:

  • The village was designed to be car-free; that’s why you can expect long paths
  • Harbor House Restaurant was the first restaurant at the Village
  • The carousel was built in 1895


Experience San Diego in a unique way in La Jolla

La Jolla is filled with outdoor activities that allow you to explore the beauty of La Jolla’s famous coastline. There are many tour companies that will show you La Jolla’s must-see spots such as Children’s Pool, Windansea Beach, and La Jolla Cove. Explore by bike, kayak, or hike!

There are also many restaurants and shops that are located along the coast, so you will get a nice ocean breeze.

Fun facts to tell your guests:

  • La Jolla means “jewel” in Spanish
  • La Jolla has its own microclimate, with temperatures staying within 50 and 90 degrees 365 days a year
  • Dr. Seuss was a La Jolla resident


Grub and stay inspired at Liberty Station

Whether you want to get a bite to eat, admire local art, or experience live performances, Liberty Station will excite your visitors. Don’t forget to take your visitors to The Liberty Public Market, the 7-day a week marketplace serving prepared foods and live entertainment from local vendors.

Fun facts to tell your guests:

  • The Liberty Public Market just celebrated their one-year anniversary
  • Liberty Station was formerly the Naval Training Center
  • San Diego gained ownership of Liberty Station in 2000


Shop till you drop

Make a day out of it! If your visitors have a craving to shop, lace up your walking shoes and head to one of San Diego’s malls.

Carlsbad Premium Outlets

Westfield Horton Plaza

Westfield UTC

  • If you decide to spend your day in La Jolla, head to the Westfield UTC mall to shop, eat, or even watch a movie!

Las Americas Premium Outlets

  • With 125 brand name outlet stores, you’ll be sure to hit your daily step quota!


Scripps AMG Tips:

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Don’t forget your camera to capture moments with loved ones!
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Bring sunscreen and protect your skin.


San Diego is home to breathtaking views, endless activities, and delicious foods, no wonder our friends and family want to visit. If you’re looking for more information on San Diego happenings, check out Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups articles!

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