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Sightseeing and landmarks in San Diego

Art museums

Art Museum
“Contemporary art museum located on the La Jolla coastline, offering several programs and artists throughout the year”
  • 42 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The region’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum, the San Diego Museum of Art has a nationally renowned permanent collection that includes Spanish and Italian old masters, as well as 19th-century American paintings and sculptures.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Art Museum with evening programs in the historic train station downtown. Close to Petco Park, Convention Center, and more.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Favorite museum in San Diego! Small, perfectly curated photography exhibits. You choose your own entrance fee, too!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Art Museum
“My favorite craft museum. Ceramics, textiles, wood... They always have really good exhibitions. The gift shop is fun to take a peek in as well.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This 5-room museum is a host to European paintings, bronze sculptures & 17th-century tapestries. And its free!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“An historic building from the early 1900's built for the World's Fair in San Diego houses art displays.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Here fans of art, both classic and contemporary, will find collections that catch their eye. Also visit the Botanical Building.”
  • 2 locals recommend

History museums

Museum
“The USS Midway Museum is a historical naval aircraft carrier museum located in downtown San Diego, California at Navy Pier. The museum consists of the aircraft carrier Midway. The ship houses an extensive collection of aircraft, many of which were built in Southern California. Lots of planes and aircraft. Highly recommend especially if you have kids. They LOVE it! ”
  • 261 locals recommend
History Museum
“A favorite of locals and visitors alike, the Museum of Man is one of the city’s best attractions.”
  • 38 locals recommend
History Museum
“One of Balboa Park’s most popular museums, and a cheap outing with hours worth of interesting exhibits.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Church
“The first and grandest of the California missions is Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, founded by the Spanish in 1769.”
  • 30 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Museum of Man is exactly what it sounds like: an anthropologic museum of ancient artifacts and the history of humans. Mummies, ancient findings, and evolutionary evidence is the majority of the exhibits but there’s also exhibits just for kids with interactive learning as well. To get into the California Tower is an extra $5 and the St. Francis Chapel is very beautiful and a must see if you are going to the museum. $5 extra for the tower isn’t so steep, considering the admission is only $13. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Museum
“The San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park in San Diego, California is a museum that features a collection of cars and motorcycles that highlight automotive culture throughout history.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Museum
“Lots of HO model railroad lines circle around the entire building. Fun for dad and kids alike!”
  • 7 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Whaley House in San Diego’s Old Town is one of only two officially designated haunted houses in California (yes, official!).”
  • 7 locals recommend

Scenic lookouts

Beach
“La Jolla Cove is a small, picturesque cove and beach that is surrounded by cliffs in La Jolla, San Diego, California. The Cove is protected as part of a marine reserve; underwater it is very rich in marine life, and is popular with snorkelers, swimmers and scuba divers. There is also seals and sea lions everywhere! If you want to make the most out of this experience contact me and you can enjoy an amazing tour from a locals eyes.”
  • 390 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Go tantum with a professional hang glider, up and down the La Jolla coastline. Its easy and memorable.”
  • 122 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Quick drive up with pretty views overlooking San Diego and the ocean. Easy stop if you’re out driving. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Great for pictures, but usually a line at the rock which is not much of a summit. Two different climbing paths one long and winding another on the back side going straight up!”
  • 47 locals recommend
Beach
“There’s a very short and cute hike called Ho Chi Minh trail it’s my favorite one, lands you on blacks beach near a swell of surfers, but beware because half the beach is a nude beach!”
  • 50 locals recommend
Mountain
“Ridiculous 360 degree views of San Diego, the ocean and all the way south to Mexico. Sunrise and Sunsets are beautiful and you can walk around a little bit. Short drive and worth stopping by at some point during your visit.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“The best beach facing deck in SD. Have to have one here just to say you did.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Trail
“If you like to people watch, listen to the waves break - this is the place for you!”
  • 23 locals recommend

Historic sites

National Park
“Excellent place with awesome views. I think its the best place in San Diego for views. National Parks pass is free to enter $10 per vehicle”
  • 294 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“ WELCOME TO OLD TOWN SAN DIEGO OLD TOWN is the historic heart of San Diego. Created in 1769, Old Town San Diego was California’s first settlement with only a mission and a fort. Wander through lush gardens or browse at one of the many specialty shops for treasures from around the world. Indulge in authentic Mexican food at one of the many restaurants or dance to the strolling mariachis. Pause to reflect at the fountains at Fiesta de Reyes and in the Bazaar del Mundo and plan a day or two to visit the dozens of historic sites. Take a tour of a haunted building and spend a day at one of the many museums. Year round, Old Town is the place for food, folklore, and fun. Visit Old Town, celebrate San Diego’s heritage, and bask in early California ambiance. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is in the center of Old Town. Here you can experience life from the early Mexican-American period of 1821-1872 through rich living history programs. Watch forms come to life at the blacksmith and woodworker shops, and read a newspaper from the 19th century. Old Town San Diego, where Interstate 5 and Interstate 8 meet, is nestled in the heart of San Diego. Old Town is just across the street from the San Diego Trolley Old Town Transit Center, across the freeway from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) and a short drive from most San Diego destinations. ”
  • 81 locals recommend
History Museum
“A favorite of locals and visitors alike, the Museum of Man is one of the city’s best attractions.”
  • 38 locals recommend
National Park
“An obvious choice when visiting Point Loma, but the views are unbelievable. And there are great cliffs to walk along. You’ll also drive straight through Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery which is beautiful in its own right. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Church
“The first and grandest of the California missions is Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, founded by the Spanish in 1769.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Park
“Great local community park with playground for kids. Community organization hosts concerts in the park series for several Fridays every summer.”
  • 27 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Museum of Man is exactly what it sounds like: an anthropologic museum of ancient artifacts and the history of humans. Mummies, ancient findings, and evolutionary evidence is the majority of the exhibits but there’s also exhibits just for kids with interactive learning as well. To get into the California Tower is an extra $5 and the St. Francis Chapel is very beautiful and a must see if you are going to the museum. $5 extra for the tower isn’t so steep, considering the admission is only $13. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Building
“Balboa Park has a lot to offer, to spend a day or two sightseeing. Take a ride on the Carousel, visit the museums, IMAX, floor gardens, art, and theaters for shows, or just take a walk or run in one of the largest parks in the USA. They have concerts and movie night as seasonal events. Go dine at the Prada, and walk through the many art packed parks.”
  • 4 locals recommend

Libraries

Library
“Beautiful new library. Visit the 8th floor reading room and 9th floor deck for great views of the bay and downtown. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Music Venue
“BEAUTIFUL Library with Panoramic Ocean Views from the balcony. And a coffee shop! Bring the kids! ”
  • 16 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Museum of Man is exactly what it sounds like: an anthropologic museum of ancient artifacts and the history of humans. Mummies, ancient findings, and evolutionary evidence is the majority of the exhibits but there’s also exhibits just for kids with interactive learning as well. To get into the California Tower is an extra $5 and the St. Francis Chapel is very beautiful and a must see if you are going to the museum. $5 extra for the tower isn’t so steep, considering the admission is only $13. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Library
“Great little library with A/C, WiFi, and computers. (15 min bike ride away.)”
  • 2 locals recommend
Library
“A wonderful local institution -- walk around and check out the art! Great used book store, too.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Library
“Check out a book. Read it. Then give it back. What a great system! I have a card if you want to borrow it.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Library
“Jazz and chamber music performances from renowned Lincoln Center performers.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Library
  • 3 locals recommend
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