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3 Days in San Diego: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, August 2014

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While Los Angeles has Hollywood and star-appeal, San Diego is Southern California at its big-city finest. America's gateway to Mexico, San Diego lies at the end of miles and miles of sandy coastline which span the glittering Pacific. Here are tips for making the most of a San Diego visit.

Day 1:  San Diego City Tour

San Diego is a big city, but new visitors need not worry. Luckily, the ocean to your west makes a fine geographic go-to point, and eases any orientation difficulties. Still, with all that you’ll be doing in the upcoming days, consider getting settled into your host city with a guided Hop-on, Hop-off Trolley Tour, or add the harbor to your itinerary by way of bus and harbor cruise, or orient yourself by sticking to simply the most famous San Diego sights.

Day 2: San Diego Adventure

While visits to all the various theme parks and activities that San Diego has to offer could take up all three days and then some, it would be a shame to miss all of the excitement available. With so many activities to choose from, it's no wonder they call San Diego the Orlando of the West. Start your day off with a visit to Balboa Park, where you'll find the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Then head to SeaWorld for another dose of wildlife, or go further afield to Legoland in Carlsbad. The kids will love you for it!

Day 3: Day Trips From San Diego

San Diego abuts the Mexican border and Tijuana. If you're inclined, don't miss out on all the exciting opportunities to explore the southern Californian coast and indeed beyond. A Baja California tour is a distinct pleasure for leisurely travelers and explorers alike. Ensenada is a relaxing alternative to busy Tijuana. Don't want to go further south, but instead have an itching to see what Hollywood is about? Consider a day trip to Universal Studios and see all the behind the scenes magic of Tinseltown.

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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

4.5 star rating: Recommended 104 Reviews

Discover San Diego at your leisure with a one-day ticket on the Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour. Create your own itinerary to see the most popular sights of San ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 1 day pass

From USD $36.00

SeaWorld® San Diego

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 41 Reviews

Spend a full day exploring the awe-inspiring world of marine life at SeaWorld San Diego, where every encounter is a new adventure. Come face-to-face with ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $75.99
$88.99 Save $13.00

LEGOLAND® California

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Welcome to a world where imagination becomes reality! LEGOLAND® California is the ultimate family theme park where everyone's imagination runs free.

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $82.99

San Diego City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 79 Reviews

See the best of San Diego on this morning or afternoon highlights tour that includes the historic Gaslamp Quarter, museum-packed Balboa Park and ritzy La ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.49
$45.99 Save $11.50

Viator Exclusive: San Diego Luxury Dinner Cruise with Window Seating and Champagne

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Soak up the San Diego skyline in luxury and style on this relaxing dinner cruise, a Viator Exclusive that can’t be booked anywhere else! As you travel along ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.99

San Diego Seal Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 59 Reviews

Is it a boat? Is it a bus? No - it's San Diego's original amphibious water and land adventure! Commonly known as a duck tour, the San Diego Seal Tour is a fun ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.99

San Diego and Tijuana Combo Tour with Optional Harbor Cruise

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 13 Reviews

Explore San Diego, Coronado and Tijuana on this combo sightseeing tour. Aboard a comfortable coach, see places like Old Town, Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $77.99

Tijuana Sightseeing Tour from San Diego

4 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Experience the best of Tijuana on this half-day sightseeing tour from San Diego! Relax on a comfortable coach and enjoy narration from your guide as you see ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.99

San Diego Whale Watching Cruise and Maritime Museum Entry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Jump on board the world-famous America sailing schooner for a once-in-a-lifetime whale watching experience. The only whale-watching sailing trip in San ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.99

San Diego Sightseeing Tour with Optional Harbor Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Explore beautiful San Diego and Coronado on this narrated sightseeing tour. Aboard a comfortable coach, explore sites like Old Town, Balboa Park, the Gaslamp ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $37.99

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