Also known as America's Finest City, San Diego clearly has a ton of unbelievable attractions. From unique book stores, to amazing street art, to a crazy taco shop, here are a few of our favorites. Day trip anyone?MoreLess
This bright and colorful enclave in San Diego surrounds you in beautiful art. From the ground you walk on to every where you turn you will see bright hues and happy people creating art or watching others create it. Over 200 local artists dedicate their waking hours to painting, carving, sculpting, and piecing mosaics together. Glass blowers, jewelry-makers, and other craft artisans create unique and delicate pieces that you can buy as a special keepsake of your experience.
It's paradise for the true bookworm. Shelves full of out-of-print, rare, and antiquarian books are waiting to be browsed through, held, read, and cherished. The bookstore is one of the few that doesn't post their offerings on a marketplace website to make sure their best selection is reserved for their walk-in customers.
Named after the Mexican form of professional wrestling, this taco shop is as colorful as the costumes worn by the contenders. The brilliantly painted pink walls are adorned with artwork and memorabilia from the showman sport. Jose Luis, Marilio, and Diego serve up the freshest Mexican fare in town and were even voted as the makers of San Diego's Best Burrito. In 2010, Lucha Libre was featured on an episode of "Man vs. Food."
Edna Harper really did not like the shrubbery surrounding her Mission Hills estate. She also didn't like the idea of tearing the plants out so she trimmed them into pleasing shapes. One of the plaques in the garden reads "Edna Scissorhands" which is the best description of this determined woman. Some of the leafy denizens include pyramids, dinosaurs, Buddha, a surfer, and animals of many species. She and her husband are even generous enough to give visitors a free tour of the grounds.
Located a short distance from the 805 Fwy this mural is sort of a hidden object game. Within the letters you can find iconic symbols of this beachside city from the Hotel del Coronado to the Mexican and American flags. The mural, painted to look like a giant postcard, was created by artists Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs. What can you find on the mural?
This cave with the natural skylight is one of a series of caves on this beach. Because of the turbulent waters and tides some of the caves are not accessible. This particular cave is accessible during negative tide so check the reports before visiting. Because the rocks are constantly wet they are quite slippery so take care when navigating your way.
To visit this quaintly charming part of San Diego is to step back in time when the Spanish first settled in California - this was the first European settlement in what is now the Golden State. With the town's Spanish Mediterranean architecture it is a wonderfully eclectic mixture of the Old World interposed with tourists, college kids, and surfers taking a break.
A long, slender footbridge crosses the Sessions Canyon in San Diego. Surrounded by year-round green foliage, this suspended walkway rises 70 feet above the shallow depression. This bridge isn't for those with trepidation of heights - a gusty wind can make it sway side to side.
The film Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World was nominated for ten Oscars, in part due to its painstaking re-creation of war at sea in the time of Napoleon. At the Maritime Museum, you can step aboard HMS Surprise, the 24-gun British frigate that Captain "Lucky Jack" Aubrey (Russell Crowe) commanded. “And the winner of Best Boat goes to…”
The iconic photo of an overjoyed sailor romantically kissing a slender nurse was captured in a 25-foot sculpture form. A mere 20-minute walk from the Gaslamp Quarter, this larger-than-life symbol of American victory has a perfect home in the naval town of San Diego.
A building painted with every hue of a color palette is a home away from home for travelers around the world with its large common areas, bright dorm-style rooms, complimentary breakfasts, and activities. Inside the walls are painted with the ocean life that San Diego is so famous for -- sun, beach, ocean, friends - this is what life's about!
The San Diego Police got their start as a vigilante group in 1838 when lawlessness was an everyday reality. Flash-forward 179 years, and the San Diego PD is a very different place than it was in the 1800s, but the museum has artifacts and photos from every era of its existence - autos, uniforms, and artillery are a few of the items on display you'll see here.
San Diego is the perfect home for the Chicano Park Murals - the famed gateway between the U.S. and Mexico. The murals are painted in bright colors and depict the Mexican experience as immigrants to America. They also pay homage to the long history of Mexico back to the Aztecs.