It’s not easy being San Diego. A beautiful city that doesn’t get the attention it deserves just because its neighbor is none other than Los Angeles. But, the birthplace of California has some things to offer that LA doesn’t.
San Diego is located right on the Pacific. It offers miles of beautiful coastline and the climate of your dreams. It’s a lot more family-friendly than LA, and way richer in historic value. Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo landed in what is now San Diego Bay and claimed the area for Spain in 1542.
Balboa Park is America’s biggest urban cultural park. It spreads across 1,200 acres, which are home to 15 museums, including the San Diego Air & Space Museum and the San Diego Natural History Museum. The park is also home to the Tony Award-winning Old Globe theatre and the world-famous San Diego zoo.
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park’s zoo is one of the best zoos in the world. The San Diego Zoo is home to 4,000 animals, including the largest population of giant pandas in America, thanks to a very successful breeding program.
Other exhibits include Tiger River, Elephant Odyssey and the Polar Bear Plunge.
Visitors can also take a guided bus tour, ride the sky tram or buy a backstage pass.
This pass will allow you to feed the giraffes, brush rhinos and howl at the moon with Arctic wolves.
If that’s not enough, head to San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park where more than 3,000 wild animals like lions, elephants, gorillas, tigers and white rhinos roam free over a 2,200-acre nature reserve.
La Jolla (pronounced La Hoya) has beautiful beaches and a coastline perfect for swimming, kayaking and surfing. If you are a scuba diver, check out the protected waters of the La Jolla Underwater Park and Ecological Reserve, where you can inspect the marine life up-close.
The prettiest beach is La Jolla Cove, where seals bask in the sun on the rocks nearby. Surfers should definitely check out Windansea Beach, while those who like to chill and just enjoy a day in nature should have a picnic at La Jolla Shores. There’s even a nudist beach!