Escape to San Diego Sweepstakes: Perfect 5 Day Itinerary Part 4

Have you entered our Escape to San Diego Sweepstakes? Hurry and enter by Friday, May 13th, and you could win a five night stay at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel and roundtrip airfare for two! How would you like to spend those five beautiful days in San Diego? Let me count the ways…

1. La Jolla: While La Jolla’s majestic coastline is more than enough reason to visit, it also boasts a vibrant arts community, centered on the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. The building’s exterior installation of suspended rowboats is just the beginning inside you’ll find an internationally recognized collection and superb rotation of exhibitions. Afterwards, a stroll through La Jolla’s downtown offers up many smaller galleries and art dealers well worth the stop.

2. Downtown: San Diego’s downtown area is full of theaters dedicated to performing arts, from local bands at the neighborhood pub to the grand, 2,967 capacity San Diego Civic Theatre. One worth checking out is Lyceum Theatre. Its smaller stage offers a more intimate setting for progressive and thought provoking work by the San Diego Reparatory Theatre while the larger theater showcases many modern and compelling pieces by the San Diego Ballet.

3. Old town: Get in touch with San Diego’s past in Old Town State Historic Park. Enjoy the views from the Presidio, and then make your way down through the many different original and reconstructed buildings, including the newly restored Cosmopolitan Hotel, haunted Whaley House, Little Adobe Chapel, and a row of San Diego’s most notable Victorian homes in Heritage Park.

Balboa Park

4. Balboa Park: Pack a picnic and enjoy the gardens of Balboa Park. The Botanical Building and its adjacent Lily Pond is one of the most photographed scenes in the park, and at first glance you’ll know why. The intricate, Victorian lath structure is the largest in the world and filled to the brim with beautiful botanicals. Stay and bask on the lawn, or check out the other gardens in the park, including a Japanese Friendship Garden, Palm Canyon, Rose Garden, Desert Garden and Marston House Garden.

5. USS Midway Museum: That goliath aircraft carrier you see in the harbor? That’s the USS Midway, and you are welcome to come aboard! Explore this floating “city at sea” with its 60 exhibits and 25 restored aircraft as well as 50 years of history on the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Haven’t had enough? Then continue along to the Maritime Museum, where the world’s oldest active sailing ship, Star of India, docks.

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About Suzzanne

I love to buy books, but seldom actually finish one. I like african violets, my iPhone, and everything that smells like lavender.  I am seriously adverse to the cold and am known to bring a sweatshirt to the beach in the summer.  I have two kids – a boy whose 10 and a girl 12.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

It would start by having breakfast somewhere near the ocean – either Pannikin in Encinitas or Beach Grass Café in Solana Beach.  Then we would head to the beach hang out for a few hours, head home and then catch a concert in the park in Balboa Park.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

We love riding our bikes around town.  There are great places to ride in San Diego that kids can handle – Coronado Island, Point Loma or the boardwalk in Pacific Beach are just a few.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Depends on the day, a good burger and craft brew can really hit the spot, but I would probably end up ordering linguine and white wine.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Snow Patrol, O.A.R., Mike Moran, Eric Hutchinson

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17 thoughts on “Escape to San Diego Sweepstakes: Perfect 5 Day Itinerary Part 4

  1. So many great spots in San Diego… I can’t list them all! A must see would be La Jolla and Little Italy!!

  2. Breakfast at Zanzibar then off to Powerhouse Park beach in DelMar to play in the wavewaves, happy hour at the Poseidon or Jakes then back to the beach for a sunset stroll, music at the Coyote in Carlsbad and that’s only one day….. Balboa Park for Tuesday Nights Free concerts, and museums and don’t forget the great farmer’s market in Hillcrest on Sundays!

  3. “America’s Finest City”, uniquely, and without question, stands out in its beauty and quality over and above any city in the world. Surrounded by the majestic Palomar Mountain Range to the east, the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean on the coast, and untold beauty in between, makes San Diego a geographic phenomena without comparison. Due to a job opportunity, after a twenty-five year residency, I moved to another area of the state seventeen years ago. Over these years I have returned to San Diego at least twice yearly, primarily to visit family and have observed that the city has evolved into even more of a world-class city. It is well known by many that I am the San Diego Chargers’ No.1 fan, in an area of the state where their arch-rival, Oakland Raiders get most of the media’s attention. I have recently retired and have become a widower. I am making plans to return to the San Diego area to join two of my daughters, grandchildren and a great-grandson. An Escape to a San Diego vacation would be the perfect reintroduction to “America’s Finest City”, as a precursor to a great permanent retirement return location. I need this!

  4. I am YEARNING tp be in San Diego!!!!!!!!!!! I miss so many things…the tide pools, Point Loma (and Pt Loma Seafoods!), the Swap Meet, Mission Bay, Mt Soledad, etc, etc,.

  5. 5 nights in beautiful sunny San Diego? Where do I begin?? I would love to check out the museums in La Jolla, maybe spend the day there snorkeling/playing in the water. Next I’d hit up downtown, see a baseball game at Petco park, then Balboa Park; check out the gardens as well as the museums. Then I’d like to see the USS Midway Museum. And, spend a day on the beach! I have lived in California my whole life, yet I have only been to San Diego a couple times. I have NEVER seen any of the museums, yet I’ve always wanted to go!! Take care San Diego!

  6. The thought of 5 days in Beautiful San Diego is Awesome…, what would i do…, 5 days is not enough.., but Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, The Beaches, maybe catch a ballgame at Petco Park.., it has been 24 yrs since i’ve been to America’s Finest City.., and if i win, i will make sure that i make the best of every single second of those 5 days…!!!!!

  7. If I win this contest, I would spend my days at Balboa Park in some art galleries, climbing Cowles Mtn, walking around downtown, walking along the waterfront down by the ships and seeing Old Town. I live in Vancouver BC and we have barely had any sunshine this year. I need some Vitamin D!!! Pick me! 🙂

  8. I’ve been to La Jolla, and it is beautiful! I’d love to go on the USS Midway, and definitely do the Gaslamp district! There is so much stuff to do in San Diego, 5 days wouldn’t be enough! ♥

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