3 Days in San Diego: Suggested Itineraries

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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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