Travel Destinations

Planning Your San Diego Trip

Written by Carl Hedinger

Photo by Osei Stewart via Trover.com

Known as America’s Finest City, San Diego is one of the world’s best tourist destinations for many reasons. People travel here for the conventions and the attractions but stick around for the wonderful weather and perfect scenery. There’s always something to do and more importantly, tons of cheap flights to San Diego. If you’re searching for answers, fear not because they are all here in this guide to planning your San Diego trip.

When Should You Go?

If you’re worried about avoiding crowds and saving on your hotel in San Diego, then visit between November and January. This is San Diego’s “low season” and the best time to book before conventions start in February. Most rainfall comes between December and March but afterwards, San Diego turns into a year-round paradise. The city’s weather remains nice and temperatures average around 70 degrees. The crowds come as early as February as Convention Season begins, so keep that in mind when booking and try to find your hotel in advance.

Where Should You Stay?

The city has tons of vibrant and interesting neighborhoods, and your hotel in San Diego should depend on the attractions you hope to see and experience. For families interested in the parks and convenience, Mission Bay Park is a great choice for Sea World-destined groups and La Jolla is a perfect family destination, thanks to tons of family friendly activities and being one of America’s most colorful and picturesque neighborhoods. If food is your number one reason for visiting, then stay near Little Italy and look nowhere else. It’s the best place to eat in San Diego.

What Should You Do?

San Diego’s fun options will never run out when you’re in town. See the city on foot with a waterfront walk, also known as the best way to spend a day out. If you’re looking to catch a game, stop by Petco Park near the East Village and the Gaslamp Quarter to see the Padres. Head to Qualcomm Stadium near Mission Valley for the Chargers and spend the day tailgating with locals and visitors together. Families will love the San Diego Zoo and Sea World, and the best way to maximize your fun is with a GO San Diego Card. This multi-attraction card will help visitors save up to 55% on fun activities and events throughout the city.

What Else Should You Know?

Throughout the year and aside from those brief rain spells, prepare to spend all of your time outdoors because San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You’ll find tons of things to do and see you’ll definitely want to move here. When you decide to move to America’s Finest City, don’t worry about fitting in because most people who live in San Diego were also outsiders at one point. So go ahead and book a hotel in San Diego but keep your eyes out for a home or apartment, because you’re going to love the city! Whether you’re here alone or with friends and family, San Diego is going to convince you that it’s the best!

About the author

Carl Hedinger

I’m a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family’s travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.