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  • 1. Balboa Park Carousel

    Balboa Park | Amusement Ride

    Suspended an arm's length away on this antique merry-go-round is the brass ring that could earn you an extra free ride (it's one of the few...Read More

  • 2. Belmont Park

    Mission Bay | Amusement Park/Water Park

    The once-abandoned amusement park between the bay and Mission Beach boardwalk is now a shopping, dining, and recreation complex. Twinkling lights...Read More

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  • 3. Botanical Building

    Balboa Park | Garden

    The graceful redwood-lath structure, built for the 1915 Panama–California International Exposition, now houses more than 2,000 types of tropical...Read More

  • 4. Cabrillo National Monument

    Point Loma | Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    This 166-acre preserve marks the site of the first European visit to San Diego, made by 16th-century Spanish explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo...Read More

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  • 5. Chicano Park

    Barrio Logan | Public Art

    The cultural center of the Barrio Logan neighborhood, Chicano Park—designated a National Historic Landmark in 2017—was born in 1970 from the...Read More

  • 6. Coronado Beach


    This wide beach is one of San Diego's most picturesque thanks to its soft white sand and sparkly blue water. The historic Hotel del Coronado...Read More

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  • 7. Crystal Pier

    Pacific Beach | Beach

    Stretching out into the ocean from the end of Garnet Avenue, Crystal Pier is Pacific Beach's landmark. In the 1920s, it was a classic amusement...Read More

  • 8. Fiesta de Reyes

    Old Town | Plaza/Square

    North of San Diego's Old Town Plaza lies the area's unofficial center, built to represent a colonial Mexican plaza. The collection of more than...Read More

  • 9. Hotel del Coronado


    The Del's distinctive red-tile roofs and Victorian gingerbread architecture have served as a set for many movies, political meetings, and extravagant...Read More

  • 10. Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden and Desert Garden

    Balboa Park | Garden

    These neighboring gardens sit just across the Park Boulevard pedestrian bridge and offer gorgeous views over Florida Canyon. The award-winning...Read More

  • 11. Japanese Friendship Garden

    Balboa Park | Garden

    A koi pond with a cascading waterfall, a cherry tree grove, and the serene Inamori tea pavilion are highlights of the park's authentic Japanese...Read More

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  • 12. La Jolla Cove


    This shimmering blue-green inlet surrounded by cliffs is what first attracted everyone to La Jolla, from Native Americans to the glitterati...Read More

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  • 13. Maritime Museum

    Embarcadero | Museum/Gallery

    From sailing ships to submarines, the Maritime Museum is a must for anyone with an interest in nautical history. This collection of restored...Read More

  • 14. Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá

    Mission Valley | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    It's hard to imagine how remote California's earliest mission must have once been; these days, however, it's accessible by major freeways (I...Read More

  • 15. Mission Bay Park

    Mission Bay | Beach

    San Diego's monument to sports and fitness, this 4,600-acre aquatic park has 27 miles of shoreline including 19 miles of sandy beaches. Playgrounds...Read More

  • 16. Mission Beach Boardwalk

    Mission Beach | Beach

    The cement pathway lining the sand from the southern end of Mission Beach north to Pacific Beach is always bustling with activity. Cyclists...Read More

  • 17. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD)

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    At the Downtown branch of the city's contemporary art museum, explore the works of international and regional artists in a modern, urban space...Read More

  • 18. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

    Old Town | Plaza/Square

    The six square blocks on the site of San Diego's original pueblo are the heart of Old Town. Most of the 20 historic buildings preserved or re...Read More

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  • 19. Orange Avenue


    Comprising Coronado's business district and its village-like heart, this avenue is surely one of the most charming spots in Southern California...Read More

  • 20. San Diego Air & Space Museum

    Balboa Park | Museum/Gallery

    By day, the streamlined edifice looks like any other structure in the park; at night, outlined in blue neon, the round building appears—appropriately...Read More

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