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Attractions Near Downtown San Diego

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San Diego offers a number of attractions that are not located within the traditional tourist hot spots but are within a very short drive or trolley ride from the major vacation hotels in downtown San Diego, Hotel Circle, Old Town, and Mission Bay.

One nearby attraction that is often missed by travelers is Cabrillo National Monument, where the Spanish Conquistadors first discovered San Diego Bay in 1542. (San Francisco Bay was not discovered for another 227 years!) This is one of the more picturesque National Monuments in the United States as visitors get to enjoy 360 degree views looking out over the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Bay, Coronado, and downtown San Diego. Inside the National Park Visitor Center, guests can view displays and watch films about the early explorers of California’s coastline.

Visitors will find more history at Mission de Alcala, which is where California’s first Spanish Mission was moved to in search of fertile ground for the growing community of Spanish pioneers and native Indians.

The Marine Corps Command Museum is another excellent attraction that often goes unnoticed because it is located on a military base. Just show the guard a valid driver’s license and proof of car insurance and you will soon find yourself spending a few hours browsing through the exhibits detailing life as a Marine Corp Recruit and the history of the wars in which the Marines have played a major role.

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Cabrillo National Monument

Location: Point Loma (9 Miles / 20 Minutes West of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 9AM – 5PM (last entry 4:30PM)

Cost: $5 per Vehicle

Features: Best Views of Downtown San Diego, San Diego Bay, and the Pacific Ocean; Tidepools; Hiking; Lighthouse Tour; Whale Watching; Visitor Center Exhibitions and Films about Juan Cabrillo, the First European Explorer to Arrive in California.


Marine Corps Command Museum

Location: Midway District (3 Miles / 5 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 8AM – 4PM (Closed on Sundays)

Cost: Free

Features: History of the U.S. Marine Corps; Displays the Challenges of War and Sacrifices Made for Freedom


Ocean Beach

Location: Ocean Beach (7 Miles / 15 Minutes West of Downtown San Diego)

Features: Beach Community with a 1960′s Theme; Very Laid Back; Eclectic Mix of People; Dog Beach; Ocean Pier; Antique Shops and Restaurants.


San Diego Chargers Football at Qualcomm Stadium

Location: Mission Valley (7 Miles / 15 Minutes Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Game Times: Generally Sundays from September to December at 1:15PM (More Details Below)

Cost: Game Tickets Start at $54. Parking Starts at $25. There are Several Transit Options Including the San Diego Trolley.

Features: One of the Top Teams in the NFL with an Explosive Offense and Marquee Players.


Mission San Diego de Alcala

Location: Mission Valley (11 Miles / 15 Minutes Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: Museum is open 9AM – 4:45PM

Cost: Suggested Donation of $3

Features: First California Mission; Museum Shares the History of the 21 California Spanish Missions.


Fashion Valley Mall

Location: Fashion Valley (6 Miles / 10 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 10AM – 9PM (11AM – 7PM on Sundays)

Features: Most Upscale, Outdoor Mall in Southern California. Anchored by Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and J.C. Penney; Fashion Valley Mall offers 200 Stores, Restaurants, and a Movie Theater.


Riverwalk Golf Course

Location: Fashion Valley (5 Miles / 10 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: Year-Round; Dawn – Dusk

Cost: $99 – $125; Deep Discounts for Juniors, Seniors, Twilight play, and San Diego County Residents

Features: Former PGA Tour Stop is Very Close to Tourist Hotels and Attractions


Harbor Island

Location: Harbor Island (2 Miles West of Downtown San Diego; Across the Street from the San Diego Airport)

Features: Great place to relax or go for a walk before or after a plane flight; charter a boat; take an exhilirating ride on a RIB Boat; dine at two fine establishments with city skyline views.


San Diego Airport / Lindbergh Field

San Diego’s Lindbergh Field is the most tourist friendly airport in the country. The San Diego airport ranks #2 in the United States for customer service and is conveniently located adjacent to the tourist attractions in downtown San Diego. Flying non-stop to San Diego is a convenient option for most visitors, including those coming from Toronto, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, and Maui.


Information for Foreign Visitors in San Diego

There are many resources for foreign visitors in San Diego.  While traveling far from home, take comfort that there are many people from your country who now live in San Diego.  They host cultural events and provide San Diego resources for fellow emigrants and visitors to San Diego.

You can find San Diego resources from the internet links below to help make you feel at home or find assistance if you need help.  Come visit San Diego.  It is a great international city where you will feel welcome and experience travel that you will remember for a lifetime.


Navy SEAL Boat Adventure Rides

Location: Harbor Island (2 Miles West of Downtown San Diego)

Schedule: Year-Round Chartered Tours

Cost: $65 – $75 for Adults ($50 – $60 for Kids)

Features: Naval Tour of San Diego Bay; Wildlife Tours to see Dolphins, Whales, and Mexico’s Coronado Islands; Custom Tours