Unique Things to Do when You Visit San Diego

December 12, 2021

Millions of people visit the Southern California coastal city of San Diego every year. The famous San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, and Balboa Park are some of the main attractions visitors enjoy, but seeing the area through the eyes of its residents provides guests with a unique experience. There are many hidden gems locals frequent that are fun and fascinating as well. Below, the friendly team from Sunrise Inn San Diego, one of the most ideally located and budget-friendly San Diego hotels, offer suggestions for how you can make your trip to San Diego truly memorable.

Cross Spruce Street Suspension Bridge

This unusual structure extends 400 feet across and 70 feet above Sessions Canyon. The pedestrian-only bridge, which was designed in 1912 to link trolley stops, provides a glimpse into the area’s natural beauty for anyone desiring to take a refreshing stroll. Although the bridge is safe and well maintained, its design lends itself to swaying, which may be startling for some.

Venture to Barrio Logan

Visitors desiring to immerse themselves in Latino culture must visit this popular neighborhood. The destination is full of boutique shops, art exhibits, and traditional mouthwatering Mexican food. Make a point of strolling through Chicano Park to view the colorful array of public murals. Walking tours are available for anyone preferring to explore the area with a local guide.

Visit the Museum of Us

Situated in Balboa Park, this museum was originally an expo introduced by archaeologist Dr. Edgar Lee Hewett in his attempt to tell “The Story of Man through the Ages.” The popular exhibit continued to grow, ultimately becoming the collection on display today. The front of the building is fascinating in itself. The many stone carvings that grace the entrance resemble what one might see in front of a Gothic church. The many unique exhibits on display include beer making dating back thousands of years as well as an extensive collection of Egyptian antiquities.

Check Out Seaport Village

This quaint location was established in 1980. Within walking distance of the USS Midway Museum, the site has more than four dozen boutique shops, food stalls, and restaurants. Find unique gifts or indulge in a quick bite to eat while watching the ships entering and leaving the harbor. Live music entertains guests on certain days. Channel your inner child and take a ride on the stunning 1895 Looff Carousel.

Marvel at the Botanical Building & Lily Pond

With thousands of plant species and a magical koi pond, this location is ideal for nature lovers. Situated in Balboa Park, the facility cares for seasonal native plants along with a wide selection of tropical cycads, ferns, orchids, and other species. Architecture and photography enthusiasts will marvel at the beauty of the unique lath building, and visitors can enjoy the serenity of the lagoon and pond.

Take a Day Trip to Coronado Island

Take a quick ferry ride across the bay and spend some time enjoying the sights on Coronado Island. Rent a bike, Segway, or surrey and take a leisurely ride along the paved path. Venture along Orange Avenue to gaze upon the array of historic homes, enjoy a concert in the park, or stop at the MooTime Creamery for a sweet treat.

Start planning your San Diego vacation by making your reservations today at Sunrise Inn San Diego. When they’re looking for comfortable but cheap hotels, San Diego visitors are pleasantly surprised by our affordable rates as well as our spacious rooms, exquisite harbor views, and location close to the most popular tourist attractions in America’s Finest City. Call one of our friendly staff members today at (619) 223-5544.

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