Discover San Diego County
Windansea Beach by Myles McGuinness

Southern California

Discover San Diego County

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Imagine 70 miles of sun-drenched coast, an inviting ocean and a year-round daily forecast of 21°C, and you’ll understand why this southernmost stretch of California is all about outdoor fun. Discover top theme parks and attractions, surprising art and culture, world-class golf courses and vibrant cities celebrating different cultures.

The first European explorer to land in California, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, came ashore in San Diego in 1542.

Relax at legendary retreats like Hotel del Coronado, find art and culture in San Diego and surrounding cities like luxurious La Jolla, and enjoy world-class golf at Torrey Pines, and enjoy culture and diversity, all at the edge of a sparkling blue sea.

Stretching 1,942 feet, the historic Oceanside Pier is the longest wooden pier on the Pacific Ocean.
Spotlight: San Diego
San Diego Skyline by John Bahu

Spotlight: San Diego

California dreamers, endless coastline & sunshine

As if all that sunshine is not enough, here’s a waterfront city brushed by perfect breezes, the light just right, the beer perfectly hoppy after a...

Spotlight: San Diego Zoo
Giraffes at the San Diego Zoo

Spotlight: San Diego Zoo

See rare and endangered species

Visiting this expansive zoo in San Diego’s Balboa Park is more than a chance to see animals from all over the world: it’s a chance to see one of...

Spotlight: SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego by Dave Lauridsen

Spotlight: SeaWorld San Diego

Amazing undersea attractions, thrilling rides, and interactive animal shows

From swooshing and swooping rides to interactive shows and million-gallon aquariums, this is one theme park that truly makes a big, big splash....

Ultimate Southern California

Trip 8-10 days 10 stops

Ultimate Southern California

Beach Towns & Big Thrills
Los Angeles

Your trip begins in California’s largest city. LA has non-stop action and things to do, but it can be a challenge to navigate, so planning your trip in advance is a big plus. Start in the coastal city of Santa Monica, with a wide, uncrowded beach, a signature pier topped by carnival rides and...

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Famous for their giant sequoias, soaring mountains, deep canyons and roaring rivers, this tandem set of parks have plenty to see, even though they are less well known than Yosemite, roughly 75 miles north. Within the borders of Sequoia & Kings Canyon are Mount Whitney, the highest point in...

La Jolla
La Jolla

La Jolla

Find something for everyone in this multi-faceted seaside jewel

La Jolla is (so many) different things to different people. Posh shopping? Browse the boutiques along Girard Avenue. At La Jolla Shores, surfing,...

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Discover quintessential sun and fun at these coastal charmers

Take one part water, one part sand, one part sun-soaked coastal charm, and you’ve got the recipe for some of California’s most appealing...

9 Perfect Beach Towns
La Jolla by Lucas Himovitz
Where to eat, what to drink
Polite Provisions by Gwynne Spann

Where to eat, what to drink

Endless Sun, Oceanfront Dining & Craft Breweries

With its endless sun and ocean front location, as well as strong influences from Mexico, San Diego offers plenty of dining options—from flaky fish...

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Kid-friendly fun zones, special kids' menus & amazing wine for the grownups

Sure wine country is romantic, but now it’s a surprisingly great destination for families too, with a growing number of vineyards trading in...

9 Family-Friendly Wineries & Craft Breweries
John/ Flickr
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Check these amazing experiences off your bucket list

Kiss a beluga, see cool movie props, and learn about Walt’s secret hideaway on exclusive and behind-the-scenes tours at California’s theme parks...

Special VIP Tours
Photo by Michael Saechang/Flickr
Spotlight: Legoland California
Legoland California by Lucas Himovitz

Spotlight: Legoland California

Magical Recreations, Rollercoasters & Smiles

It’s hard to say who enjoys Legoland more: the little ones running around in a magical world created by 60 million LEGO plastic bricks, or their...

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Unleash the kid within at California’s ultimate play lands

From Disneyland classics to beachfront carousels, the Golden State’s best-in-class theme parks deliver something for everyone—from...

Amazing Theme Parks
Sleeping Beauty Castle by Lucas Himovitz
The historic 101 Café in Oceanside is the oldest continuously-operating restaurant on historic Highway 101.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
San Diego Zoo Safari Park by Miller

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Find out where the wild things are

Like a journey to Africa, a day at this spectacular park lets you see some of the world’s most magnificent—and endangered—animals at close range...

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Farm-fresh produce, culinary adventures

Juicy heirloom tomatoes and just-picked strawberries. Super-sweet peaches shaped like mini UFOs. Artisan cheeses, emerald-green olive oils, local...

10 Top Farmers Markets
Laura Flippen
Thanks be to God, I arrived here...at this Port of San Diego. It is beautiful to behold, and does not belie its reputation.
Father Junipero Serra
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Make memories at some of California's family-favorite beaches

Sand, water, and kids—it’s a natural combination for easy family fun. This sandy dozen offers appealing, family-friendly features, such as calm...

12 Great Beaches for Kids
Alex Farnum
San Diego Surfing & Surf Culture
San Diego by Dave Lauridsen

San Diego Surfing & Surf Culture

Try your hand at hangin’ 10—or at least get the look

Sometimes it seems as if everyone surfs in San Diego County. When the surf is up, there’s a steady stream of dudes (and plenty of dudettes, too)...

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From north to south, beer is booming in California

With nearly 500 breweries statewide (and probably more by the time you read this), it’s safe to say that the craft beer movement isn’t just...

The Craft Beer Boom
Dave Lauridsen
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World-class accommodations in world-class locations

Head to the heart of California’s cities for luxurious stays at world-class accommodations. From San Francisco’s historic hotels to celebrity hot...

Big City Hotels & Lodgings
Lynn Gately/Flickr
Highway One Classic

Trip 5-7 days 10 stops

Highway One Classic

Take the trip that captures the heart and soul of the Golden State
San Diego

Start in one of California’s sunniest destinations, not just in terms of the weather, but also in attitude. In the heart of the city, shop in Horton Plaza, or catch a baseball game at Petco Park. See the giant pandas at the San Diego Zoo. Next, explore one of the city’s diverse neighbourhoods,...

San Francisco

Finish your trip in one of the world’s great cities. For a novel way to visit 'the City by the Bay' park your car and explore by foot, bike, and unique public transport. Pedal bikes across the Golden Gate Bridge and back, then explore the lush Presidio, a former military base that is now a...

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Taste the delicious dishes from these amazing California chefs

From a candy-colored pastry shop to Michelin-starred dining rooms, top restaurants run by celebrity chefs dot the Golden State....

California's Celebrity Chefs
San Diego Golf
Torrey Pines by Dave Lauridsen

San Diego Golf

Get your daily dose of greens at ocean front courses

Perfect weather, challenging courses and incredible settings make San Diego County a golfer’s dream destination. It’s not surprising that many of...

Julian
Julian by Dave Lauridsen

Julian

Visit a surprising mountain town that’s as American as apple pie

Poised between the desert and the coast, a little more than an hour’s drive east of San Diego, this surprising mountain town makes a great day...

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
Jacques Yves Cousteau