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THE ADVENTURES, BITES, SIPS AND SIGHTS OF SAN DIEGO

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San Diego's Historic Gaslamp Quarter

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From sun-soaked shores to bright urban adventures, San Diego is the ultimate beach city. Explore more than 70 miles of stunning coastline, numerous state parks and 100 unique neighborhoods, each with their own vibe. Raise a glass in North Park and discover why San Diego is considered the Craft Beer Capital of America. Fuel up in Little Italy, San Diego's buzziest foodie hub. Head to downtown's Gaslamp Quarter for the best nightlife scene on the U.S. West Coast: 16 blocks of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Hike through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve for breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Then head to Balboa Park - the largest urban cultural park in the U.S. - to admire the gardens, museums and architecture. Experience the distinct influence of the neighboring Mexican Baja region throughout San Diego in everything from buildings to food to art. San Diego is the perfect holiday destination for British travelers in search of sunshine and new experiences.

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Getting Here

San Diego by Air

  • Direct from London: Getting to San Diego is a whole lot easier thanks to British Airways' (BA) nonstop flight from London's Heathrow Airport (LHR) to San Diego (SAN).
  • Connecting Flights: As the 8th largest city in the United States, San Diego is serviced with daily flights from all major domestic hubs including New York, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more.

San Diego via Ground

  • California: San Diego is the perfect place to start or end your American holiday. Los Angeles, ~120 miles north, is easily accessible by car or train with about a two hour travel time. Plan around half a day of ground travel time to San Francisco, ~500 miles north.
  • Mexico: Make your holiday a two-nation vacation by taking a day trip or tour to Tijuana, Via de Guadalupe or Ensenada, Mexico. The International Border is ~20 miles south of Downtown San Diego.
  • Las Vegas: If you're planning on visiting the Las Vegas Strip, ~435 miles northeast, plan around 6 hours of travel time by car.

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Balboa Park

As the largest urban park in North America, Balboa Park is filled with cultural treasures, architectural grandeur, stunning gardens & award-winning performing arts.

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Rooftop Bars

With year-round beautiful weather, a glittering skyline and breathtaking views, there is no better place to enjoy a libation than high atop a roof in San Diego. Luckily, a growing rank of swanky rooftop bars from Downtown to the beach invite you to have your head in the clouds while you enjoy sunsets, stars, hand-crafted cocktails, local craft beer and farm-fresh plates well into the night.

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Tasting Rooms You Want to Kick It at Right Now

A big part of the San Diego Beer experience exists in the tasting rooms of the many wonderful breweries. Here are the ones that are the most fun to chill at.

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USA Ultimate National Championships

Oct 24 - Oct 27, 2019

The USA Ultimate National Championships represent the pinnacle of elite ultimate in North America and crowns champions in three divisions: men’s, mixed and women’s. 

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Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival

Nov 22 - Nov 24, 2019

A highly-anticipated 7+ stage, 95+ bands, 3-day music, culinary and arts festival will descend upon the stunning waterfront of downtown San Diego from Broadway Pier to the Embarcadero Parks. The festival offers diverse attractions including yacht parties, water sports, art installations, after-parties, a craft beer village and plenty of local flavors. Wonderfront festival’s re-entry policy encourages festival-goers to customize their weekend experience and truly integrates the city into the fabric of the festival. In its inaugural year, Wonderfront will synthesize the city and the sea in a way that no music festival has ever done before.

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Balboa Park December Nights

Dec 6 - Dec 7, 2019

Balboa Park December Nights brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy and kick-off the "most wonderful time of the year" with lights and more!

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San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

Dec 27, 2019

Don't miss America's Finest Bowl Experience! This signature San Diego event annually showcases a thrilling game between some of college football’s most competitive conferences, the Big Ten and the Pac-12.

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25 Fun & Free Things to Do

Having fun in San Diego doesn't require a lot of money; in fact, many things to see and do are absolutely free.

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Value Attraction Packages

With so many attractions and sights to see in San Diego, it's hard to decide what to do first. Value packages offer a great way to save on individual ticket purchase prices plus they take the hassle out of purchasing and managing multiple tickets.

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Fun Filled 1-Day Itineraries

Find popular sites and attractions inlcuding museums, historic sites, shopping centers and hip urban neighborhoods all located within a short radius of Downtown, the airport and the San Diego Cruise Ship Terminal.

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San Diego's 59-Mile Scenic Drive

Encompassing a good portion of the city's most outstanding attractions, taking San Diego's 59-mile scenic drive is a beautiful way to spend a day.

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USA Ultimate National Championships

Oct 24 - Oct 27, 2019
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Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival

Nov 22 - Nov 24, 2019
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Balboa Park December Nights

Dec 6 - Dec 7, 2019
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San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

Dec 27, 2019
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San Diego's 59-Mile Scenic Drive

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Free Video + Photo for Kids!

iFLY San Diego
Valid: Sep 25 - Oct 31, 2019

All kids age 14 and under will receive (1) free video and (1) free photo for each flight package they fly in the month of October. Please print this offer or mention it to iFly San Diego Mission...

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La Valencia Hotel
Valid: Jan 9 - ongoing

Upgrade to our Bed & Breakfast Package by adding $20 to any standard room rate, and get a $50 credit toward breakfast.

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Birch Aquarium Family Package

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
Valid: Mar 20 - ongoing

Go "Under the Sea" and explore the wonders of sensational exhibits at Birch Aquarium. See more than 5000 fish in 60 plus aquarium habitats plus exhibits showing cutting-edge research from Scripps...

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