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San Diego Advice

Thu May 06, 2010 3:08 pm

I'm going to be in LA and am planning to take a day trip to San Diego. I haven't been in long time, so I was wondering if people have suggestions for things to do during the day. I want to try to see a few different areas. I remember La Jolla being gorgeous so I'll probably stop there for lunch.
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RE: San Diego Advice

Thu May 06, 2010 3:33 pm

Assume you are driving?

Sure La Jolla Cove area is nice and a place you can grab lunch. For places to go, you obviously have the amusement parks like Sea World, Legoland (in Carlsbad), Wild Animal Park. You also have areas like the historic Gaslamp quarter with various stores and eateries also. For a view of planes landing in SAN go to Balboa Park which has several museums including Air & Space Museum. You can check out Mission Bay Park and Mission Beach boardwalk which is a long stretch along the ocean.
You can also do a quick detour to Mexico (where I would personally have lunch). Park on US side and walk back and forth. Cheap shopping also.

Oh and on the way if you've never been maybe stop also in Orange County like Newport Beach and check out place like Lido Isle with the million dollar homes (where you can spot SNA departures).
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RE: San Diego Advice

Thu May 06, 2010 3:37 pm

IF you have an extra hour, I highly recommend stopping into Mission San Diego itself. It's one of the smaller California Franciscan missions, as its one of the first, but is quite charming and has its own distinct character some of the larger ones lack. It's a few minutes off I-15 and is on the way into downtown from La Jolla.

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RE: San Diego Advice

Thu May 06, 2010 6:29 pm

Go to Legoland and F Street bookstore.
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RE: San Diego Advice

Thu May 06, 2010 7:10 pm

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
Oh and on the way if you've never been maybe stop also in Orange County like Newport Beach and check out place like Lido Isle with the million dollar homes (where you can spot SNA departures).

Isn't a million dollars the "normal" price of a house in OC?? LOL. If you like surfing; check out The Wedge in West Jetty Park in Balboa Beach. Sometimes there are 15+ waves breaking right next to the beach. Actually its more of a body-boarding than surfing area.
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RE: San Diego Advice

Fri May 07, 2010 2:19 am

Try Old Town. It's kind of touristy but overall its not a bad place to visit.
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RE: San Diego Advice

Fri May 07, 2010 2:50 am

After stopping in La Jolla, I'd go have lunch at Filippi's Pizza in Little Italy between downtown and the airport. Then stroll through Balboa Park. Next, stop out at the end of Point Loma at Cabrillo National Monument to watch the sunset while traffic dies down on I-5 before heading back to L.A. A day trip only I'd keep it simple and take in the scenery, not the shopping areas such as Seaport Village.
 
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RE: San Diego Advice

Fri May 07, 2010 4:04 am

Definitely hit the Gaslamp Quarter- fantastic restaurants and bars! And if the Padres are in town, Petco Park is right down the street 
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RE: San Diego Advice

Fri May 07, 2010 4:14 am

Gaslamp is always a good bet for some drinks and fun. If you're looking a more upmarket experience, La Jolla is where it's at, great restaurants and expensive prices to match.
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RE: San Diego Advice

Fri May 07, 2010 8:51 am

It doesn't appear you are from Arizona so I will welcome your visit and offer some suggestions.     

Gaslamp is waaaay overrated. La Jolla is nice. Balboa Park and the zoo are nice as well. Old Town is cool too. If you're the beach bum type, check out Ocean Beach, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach. Mission Beach has Belmont Park, a small boardwalk with some rides including an old wooden rollercoaster.
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RE: San Diego Advice

Sat May 08, 2010 5:27 am

Definately go to the USS Midway museum. Do not miss this one!
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RE: San Diego Advice

Mon May 10, 2010 1:42 am

Quoting N200WN (Reply 6):
Next, stop out at the end of Point Loma at Cabrillo National Monument to watch the sunset while traffic dies down on I-5 before heading back to L.A. A day trip only I'd keep it simple and take in the scenery, not the shopping areas such as Seaport Village.


        

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