Category Archives: Tours & Sightseeing

April showers bring May flowers, the ol’ saying goes…

But in San Diego, it’s the winter rains that bring vibrant, colorful springtime floral displays throughout¬†our East County region. From charming mountain daffodils and wildflowers in Julian to a surprisingly verdant transformation of the Anza-Borrego Desert, visitors are in for a fab floral, photo-worthy treat! (say that five times fast ūüėČ ) Read More…

I’ve been to Balboa Park¬†countless times; visiting the museums, going on field trips with my kids, or simply enjoying the gardens. I thought I had seen it all…that is until I signed us up for a photo tour of Balboa Park.

We went with¬†Snap Photo Tours, who¬†specializes in photo tours of some of San Diego’s best sights including: Balboa Park, Coronado, and the Gaslamp Quarter. Their guides are just as much experts behind the camera as they are on the tours themselves. Read More…

As everyone’s eyes are on Hollywood this weekend for the Academy Awards, why not live the movies you love and explore some of San Diego’s famous locales. Everyone knows that Ron Burgundy calls San Diego his home, but the Anchorman isn’t the only famous face to film in San Diego.

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It may not seem like it now, but Friday is just around the corner. To help you plan, here are our top things to do in San Diego this weekend. Read More…

Love is in the air! An enchanting Valentine’s Day getaway where couples can find everything their hearts desire is Coronado, located a bridge away from downtown San Diego.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, take advantage of beautiful weather and island charms that are sure to sweep your sweetheart off their feet. After the break are 5 Fabulous Date Ideas and mini escapes. Read More…

Each winter, visitors – especially “snowbirds” – flock to San Diego’s East County to explore our desert oasis of Borrego Springs and charming mountain towns like Ramona and¬†Julian, famous for its gold mines and apple pies.

February brings a few fun East County events and activities that are sure to make for a memorable backcountry visit. Read More…

“I ain’t afraid of no ghost!” No really, I’m not. I’m absolutely thrilled by the possibility of encountering a spirit from the beyond. Two places in particular that put San Diego on the map as a specter-friendly destination: the famous Hotel del Coronado and the Whaley House. Read More…

Visitors and locals alike are gearing up for a San Diego tradition as “American as apple pie” – Julian Apple Days, happening this weekend October 6-7! Read More…

I am in Old Town at midnight. I am not surprised. While it is a place, without question, built for tourists, I balk at the suggestion that ‘locals don’t go there’ and such ‘traps’ should be avoided by those looking for an ‘authentic’ experience.

For me, there is nothing more authentic and alluring than the post-structuralist break-down of real and pretend. Old Town is a piece of living theater staged on the actual blood, sweat and bones of San Diego’s history. The lines between reality and mythology blur amongst historical landmarks and themed restaurants, dusty graveyards and costumed guides. Read More…

Today marks the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games with an opening ceremony full of dazzling sights and sounds (and I hear James Bond and Harry Potter might make an appearance). While most of us can’t make it to London, you can still catch the Olympic excitement in San Diego. Catch a family-friendly viewing of the opening¬†ceremony¬†along the water, or see where 80 Team USA¬†Olympians¬†trained (which amounts to about 1 in 5 of the US Olympic athletes¬†trained in San Diego!)¬†at the Olympic Training Center. Read More…