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According to The Weather Channel, San Diego has one of the best summer climates in the United States. Also, as of 2013, it was ranked the 20th safest city in the country by Business Insider, making it an ideal destination for tourists.
San Diego is mostly famous for its beaches and activities associated with them. However, a closer look at the things we can do in this city tell us a different story. The city is a place for all age groups. You can take your wife shopping, your children to the zoo, your parents to the numerous parks, or visit downtown for a party with friends.
With the climate on your side, and the infrastructure helping you travel better, there is no reason for you to be disappointed with the potential this city possess.Look at the top 5 attractions, and why you must make them a part of your bucket list.
It houses more than 3,700 animals, in open-air exhibits, recreating a natural habitat for the animals. It is one of the four zoos in the country that houses the Giant Panda. Here, you can see polar bears swim in an environment that is as close as it can get to their natural habitat.
This year, in May, a new area named 'Koalafornia' opened, which gives visitors a unique Australian experience. Since December 2012, visitors can also see magnificent clouded leopards. If you're vacationing with kids, this is one place that has to top your itinerary.
A kayak tour to these sandstone wonders is nothing short of an experience. To visit these caves, you need to know swimming, but kayak experience is not a necessity. Professional guides are available for these tours, and it's advised you take one along anyway.
From east to west, the names of the seven caves are: White Lady, Little Sister, Shopping Cart, Sea Surprize, Arch Cave, Sunny Jim's Cave, and The Clam's Cave.
You can reach through a kayak to all the caves, except Sunny Jim's; here, you need to travel through a tunnel, to reach the Cave Store. Children, mandatorily accompanied by adults, can see leopard sharks, sea lions, and many other fish. Tours are open till sunset.
Apart from these animals and musical shows, it is also home to fun rides as the Abby's Seastar Spin, Elmo's Flying Fish, and Oscar's Rockin' Eel. There are several shows throughout the park, like the One Ocean that features killer whales. Whether you're on a family vacation or traveling alone, a visit to SeaWorld will definitely show you breathtaking sights.
This park recreates the area as it existed from its settlement in 1821 to 1872, when New Town became the center of commerce. It hosts several buildings from the same time frame. For example, you will see the state's first public schoolhouse―Mason Street School.
Also a National and California Historical Landmark, this park is home to few of the oldest surviving examples of Spanish architecture in the state, such as The Casa de Estudillo―a National and California Landmark in its own right.
The park is also home to San Diego Union Museum, which was earlier a newspaper office; this makes the park a site that housed the city's oldest surviving newspaper office and first brick courthouse.
Visited frequently be surfers, cyclists, and college students, this neighborhood is one of the most posh localities of San Diego. Apart from activities at the beach, tourists also come here in thousands to eat and shop.
Most restaurants and shops are located along Ocean Boulevard―a 3.2-mile pedestrian walkway. Crystal Pier, a public pier and restaurant, is one of the most famous attractions here. Don't forget to take a walk down this pier during sunset with your loved one. The neighborhood is also famous for its upbeat nightlife.
San Diego is definitely a city that you must visit at least once in your lifetime. Home to some of the most diverse attractions, it deserves to top every traveler's bucket list.