San Diego’s Top Tourist Attractions

November 8, 2020

San Diego is one of the top vacation destinations in the United States. The combination of beautiful scenery and ideal weather plays a major role. This, in turn, leads to an opportunity to enjoy many great attractions. Here are a few of the best tourist destinations in San Diego, brought to you by the friendly team at Sunrise Inn San Diego, one of the most ideally located and budget-friendly hotels in San Diego.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre park that consists of gardens, museums, walking paths, theaters, restaurants, gift shops, and more. While there are many gardens to explore, make sure you experience the exquisite Japanese Friendship Garden. If you’re interested in eclectic museums, you can choose from cars, art, and history. And if you want to see a free concert, check the schedule of performances at the park’s iconic Organ Pavilion. Balboa Park offers two very different types of experiences: day and night. It’s recommended that you visit at both times. This is also a great park for walking, jogging, or bike riding. Sunset walks are nice as well.

San Diego Zoo & Safari Park

The San Diego Zoo, which is part of Balboa Park, is home to 3,500 animals in open-air exhibits that mimic the animals’ natural habitats. Two of the newer features include the Australian Outback Exhibit and New Africa Rocks. The San Diego Zoo averages 4 million visitors per year, making it the most popular zoo in the United States. 

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the zoo’s sister property, is located in the San Pasqual Valley. It spans 1,800 acres, and the animals roam freely over large areas. Don’t worry—there are borders that protect both humans and the animals. This is a unique and highly recommended experience. Also make sure to take advantage of the Africa Tram.

La Jolla Cove

This underrated San Diego attraction is a small beach cove surrounded by cliffs. Think about La Jolla Cove as best for the “4 Ss”: sunbathing, surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. If any of those four activities appeal to you, you should visit La Jolla Cove. You also might spot California sea lions in the water while you’re there.


One of the biggest selling points for SeaWorld is the opportunity to swim with dolphins. You can also see sharks, penguins, flamingos, and much more. If you want to truly maximize your enjoyment, go on a Monday, when there are usually no lines. It’s also recommended that you take one of the behind-the-scenes guided tours.

Hotel del Coronado

This is a historic beachfront hotel that opened in 1888, making it one of the last wooden Victorian properties in the world. The location, food, and service are all outstanding, and the iconic hotel has been featured in many movies and books.

USS Midway Museum 

The USS Midway is one of the biggest aircraft carriers ever built, and it’s filled with history. You can learn more by exploring it on your own or taking a guided audio tour. Either way, you can walk through every level and see bunks, engines, the captain’s quarters, and more.

There’s so much to enjoy in San Diego that it will take several days to visit every destination on your list, so reserve your room today at Sunrise Inn San Diego. When they’re looking for comfortable yet cheap hotels, San Diego visitors will be amazed by our unbeatable rates as well as our spacious rooms, stunning views of the harbor, and proximity to the best tourist attractions in America’s Finest City. Call one of our friendly staff members today at (619) 223-5544.

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