Looking for a stateside vacation destination? Head to San Diego for an inexpensive vacation idea! Tons of activities and white sandy beaches will make you feel like you spent a fortune on your vacation!
Hotel Del Cornado
Located right on the coast, hotel guests can enjoy a gorgeous beach, while staying in a gorgeous hotel. This hotel is made entirely of wood, and is the second largest wooden structure in the United States. Built in 1888, you’re bound to stay in a room where someone famous spent the night!
Now, do we really have to say much on why this is something you just HAVE to do? With only two locations across the country (the other is in Florida) your kid’s can’t miss this opportunity! If you can, sign up for a class where your kids can create their own customized Lego set!
Balboa Park is a sprawling outdoor facility that houses up to 16 museums, performing arts venues, outdoor gardens, and walking paths. There are several activities that occur throughout the day, so be sure to ask staff members (or look ahead) for the schedule. There’s something here for everyone, even if you just spend an hour, or you spend the whole day!
Old Town Market
Located in historic downtown San Diego, the Old Town Market comes complete with historic shops and restaurants. In fact, I got one of my favorite sundresses at a shop in Old Town! While you’re here make sure that you eat at Old Town Mexican Cafe. It’s just as delicious as you would assume!
San Diego Zoo
One of the largest zoos in the country, the San Diego Zoo is home to both lions, tigers, and bears. Oh my! But that isn’t all! Expect to see Hippos, Penguins, and Lemurs. Growing up, I saw the biggest tourtiouse here! If that old guy is still around, make sure you tell him hello from me!
It’s not a California vacation if you don’t spend some time at a beachfront amusement park! Belmont Park is located in Mission Bay, and is open year round. However, vacationers should be warned that most of the rides are closed during the winter season, and the park often closes early around the off season. Aside from rides, you can do some shopping and get something to eat. Sometimes, there are even exercise classes available.
La Jolla Beach
Tucked in between gorgeous sandstone cliffs, La Jolla Cove is one of the most photographed areas in San Diego. The beach is gorgeous, but due to it’s picturesque scenery, expect to find a large crowd. During some seasons, heavy foot traffic can also leave behind garbage on the beach. Plan your visit accordingly, and always ask a local before you go!
Located in Old Town, San Diego the Whaley House is a historic museum in downtown San Diego. The Whaley House has a bit of a violet history, so make sure that you bring your EFP recording devices! Many people have reported that they’ve seen a woman in a long calico or gingham dress (also known as the late Anna Whaley…..)
This aircraft carrier is legendary and has been renovated to house a museum. Air craft carriers and epic life-at-sea exhibits adorn this floating museum. It’s one that you can’t miss!