The California Tower's belltower and dome in San Diego's Balboa Park.

One Day at Balboa Park, San Diego

There’s more to see and do at Balboa Park than can comfortably be accomplished in one day. If you’re only going to make one pass through the treasured cultural center of San Diego, here’s how to prioritize your visit with kids and without.

The tallship Star of India on its 150th anniversary sail in 2013.

San Diego’s Historic Ships

Indulge all your seafaring dreams by exploring ships such as a 17th-century frigate replica or Cold War-era submarines with San Diego’s impressive collection of historic ships. Start at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, then take the short walk to the USS Midway Museum where these amazing sea vessels are housed.

Ocean waves crash against Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, California.

Scenic Walks in San Diego

A scenic walk in San Diego is a great way to notice the understated sights of the city, and an excellent way to relax in the middle of a busy trip. Many of these districts and neighbourhoods also host great restaurants; consider working up an appetite before you eat, or topping off a satisfying meal with a stroll.

Societe's tasting room is must-stop for those who enjoy drinking in the shadow of brewing tanks.

San Diego’s Best Craft Breweries

San Diego is thirsty for beer and has dozens of small breweries. Beer drinkers come from all over to taste their wares. Here’s our best San Diego Craft Breweries list, including specialties and highlights.

View from the Coronado ferry landing across the water to the San Diego skyline.

The Best of San Diego in Five Days

To take in all the best of San Diego in five days, you’re going to be very, very busy. Fortunately, between your museum-hopping, boutique-browsing, and enjoying the sights, sun, and sand, you’ll have a chance to fuel up at over a dozen delicious cafes and eateries.

A giant panda eating bamboo at the San Diego Zoo.

The Best of Family-Friendly San Diego

Whatever your kids are into, there’s probably a little something to keep them entertained. The question you need to ask yourself as a parent is: how much can you handle? Fortunately, a few of these family-friendly San Diego attractions are parent-friendly, too.

A sailboat with a colorful rainbow sail cruises through San Diego's mission bay.

Exploring San Diego

San Diego is a golden-hued playground beckoning thrill-seekers, revelers, and soul searchers with its magnificent sunsets, sparkling waters, and promise of the good life. Explore its coastlines, neighborhoods, and communities.

Rhyolite’s well-preserved train station.

Five Death Valley Ghost Towns Worth the Trek

Deep in the Mojave Desert, where California fades into Nevada, the ragged remains of ghost towns are strewn across salt-crusted soil, lost at the ends of bumpy roads, and tucked into rocky mountain canyons. Here are some spots that are easy to miss—although you won’t want to.

A castle-like building amidst a vineyard in fall colors.

California Coast Family Road Trip Ideas

Driving the California coast is a classic family road trip, with a range of attractions for kids to enjoy. While some popular destinations are very much kid-focused, other attractions such as zoos, aquariums, and unique locales are truly family-friendly, offering a bit of fun for everyone.

Giant sequoias in Sequoia National Park.

Sequoia National Park’s Wuksachi Lodge

If you plan to overnight in style in Sequoia National Park, the best place to stay is the cedar and stone Wuksachi Lodge, a complex of three buildings including a restaurant. There are lots of perks included in your stay, such as free guided walks and talks that start at the lodge, and if you need a boxed lunch for a hike, you can order that too.