You’ll find plenty of tourist traps around San Diego and a few hidden gems for trips where you want to stray off the beaten path. Whether you’re visiting San Diego for the first time or heading to the California coast for a return visit, plan on enjoying some local eats and unique experiences at several destinations around the city. Here are some ways to travel like a local in San Diego:
Concerts at Birch Aquarium
Make your way to the Birch Aquarium during the summer months to enjoy the Green Flash concert series that runs from May through September each year. Spend some time exploring the aquarium before or after the show to take in the beautiful views and see the marine animal exhibits.
Sunsets and Fireworks at Kate Sessions Park
Break away from the coast and relax in nature at this beautiful park. You can pack a picnic to enjoy the sunset and stay later to catch the fireworks from Sea World San Diego.
Visit Black’s Beach
Located north of La Jolla Shores, this is a great beach for exploring. Be prepared to trek through some rocky trails as you make your way towards the Scripps Pier.
Explore Little Italy
Located in downtown San Diego, this is a quieter neighborhood than the Gaslamp District and the perfect destination to enjoy authentic Italian food, enjoy a glass of wine, and socialize with locals.
If you're planning a trip to San Diego, save money on your Southern California getaway by staying at one of the Vagabond Inn hotels. Located near some of the area’s finest beaches and natural attractions, these hotels cater to both business and leisure travelers with comfortable accommodations and amenities including a free continental breakfast and Wi-Fi Internet access throughout your stay.