San Diego: Top Place You Can’t Miss

Using budget rental car San Diego airport has helped many tourists who visit many places in San Diego, This many attraction places include:

1. Mission Beach Boardwalk

One of the best places to experience the typical beach life in California is the iconic seafront promenade in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach. The good 5km from the southern tip of Mission Beach with its volleyball fields to the north end in Pacific Beach invite you for a stroll or a bike ride. Here life is in full swing: wide beaches, surfers, numerous shops and restaurants do the rest. A well-known vantage point is the Crystal Pier and the green area at the northern end of the promenade near Law Street, with sweeping views of the Mission Beach shoreline. Pictured here: An icon in San Diego, SlowMo!

Tip: Rent a beach bike (beach cruiser) and explore both the promenade on the beach and on the bay! The particularly ambitious can cycle directly to La Jolla Cove, a beautiful bike trail of about 11 km in length! If you are on a Saturday or Sunday morning, you should stop by the green area at the northern end of the promenade: there is donation-based yoga in the open air where you can either actively participate or just watch.

2. Torrey Pines

Torrey Pines is a state conservation area and ideal for hiking, home to one of the most popular golf courses in the US and a meeting point for many paragliding and hang-gliding pilots in San Diego. Its easy profile makes it easy to hike the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve for everyone, and you’ll be rewarded with incredible views across the cliffs, the beach, and the Pacific Ocean. From here you can also admire the paragliders, which fly a few kilometers south high above the Pacific.

Tip: Start with a hike in the nature reserve ‘Torrey Pines’ and enjoy the unique view. A short drive away is worth a visit to the gliding area (Torrey Pines Gliderport) to see paragliders at close range and to strengthen themselves in the local ‘Cliff Hanger Cafe’.

3. Gaslamp Quarter

Located in the heart of downtown San Diego, the historic Gaslamp Quarter is now a trendy area with good restaurants, shops, and galleries. Roughly extending from Broadway to San Diego Bay, the area is one of San Diego’s best San Diego attractions due to its Victorian architecture and gas lanterns.

Tip: If you want to have a nice meal or are looking for nightlife in San Diego, then you are in the right place in the Gaslamp Quarter. Otherwise, a walk through the area is well connected to the nearby Seaport Village and the aircraft carrier USS Midway.

4. Seaport Village & USS Midway

Located very close together, a visit to the Seaport Village and the USS Midway Museum is a great way to connect. Seaport Village is a beautiful area near the city center, with restaurants, shops, and entertainment for walking along the waters of San Diego Bay.

And for all historically interested visitors to San Diego, attractions like the USS Midway Museum reflect much of the United States past and present and are part of a stay in San Diego. The former aircraft carrier has been converted into a museum and gives visitors close up life on a former aircraft carrier.

Tip: The area is ideal for walking and exploring, as there is more to see on the bay. It is convenient to leave the car outside and walk along the water, also because parking around the Seaport Village is expensive.

5. Cabrillo National Monument

Together with Mount Soledad, Cabrillo National Monument is a popular vantage point and one of the most-visited San Diego attractions! For a small entrance fee, you have a wonderful view over the Pacific, the city center and Coronado. And with a bit of luck, you can discover one or two whales in the distance! Also worth seeing: the lighthouse, a small museum and the beach with its tide pools.

Tip: On the way to Cabrillo is the university ‘Point Loma Nazarene’, a beautiful campus, which is located directly on the cliffs. Both should be visited on one of the many cloudless days by San Diego car rental, as the visibility is sometimes clouded by the clouds of the ‘Marine Layer’.