Now through June 2020, the San Diego Natural History Museum hosts more than 80 free hikes open to the public led by citizen scientists and volunteers known as the Canyoneers. Guides will lead mid-week hikes to locations throughout San Diego County, such as the Equestrian Trail in Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve or Luelf Pond Preserve in Ramona. Some trails offer shorter hikes with little elevation change—good for younger hikers—and some flat and paved hikes perfect for strollers and guests with disabilities. Depending on the weather, hikers can view waterfalls on the Kitchen Creek Falls hike and the Green Valley Falls Loop. Hikes include some of the most interesting geological areas in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, including Fish Creek/Split Mountain and Canyon Sin Nombre—perfect for slot canyon fans.
In collaboration with Brand USA and the Alibaba Group, the San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) recently became the first U.S. destination to partner with Alipay, the digital currency platform used by many Chinese customers. Twenty SDTA members currently accept Alipay, with a dozen more set to launch soon. More than 200 total merchants in San Diego are now Alipay-enabled. Additionally, businesses with products sold on Fliggy, Alibaba Group’s online travel agency platform, have also been integrated into trip-planning tools.
San Diego International Airport (SAN), ranked the Best Airport in the U.S. by The Points Guy, is now the second carbon neutral airport in North America, receiving a “Level 3+” ranking, which is the highest level of certification through the Airports Council International’s Airport Carbon Accreditation program, a third-party verified program that helps airports “identify, manage and reduce their carbon emissions.”
Visitors looking for affordable luggage storage in San Diego have a new option with Stasher. Recently arriving in San Diego, Stasher is the world’s first sharing economy solution to luggage storage. Luggage storage with Stasher is fully insured, affordable and convenient. The cost is $6 per day, and $5 for each additional day. StashPoints are located near major tourist attractions and transportation hubs around the city.
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