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First Time in San Diego: 9 Things To Know Before You Go

Petco Park in Downtown San Diego

Visiting San Diego for the first time? This guide will help you plan your trip with an overview of the best things California’s Beach City has to offer.

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First Time in San Diego for Families: 10 Things to Know Before You Go

San Diego Zoo - Guide for First Time Families

It’s not an exaggeration to say that everyone can find their happiness in San Diego. Young, old, thrill-seekers, curious minds, sports buffs, culture vultures, poolside loungers and spa seekers — San Diego has it all, all year-round. Whether you’re looking to squash screen time and tire out the teenagers or just relax on the beach and reconnect as a family, San Diego was made for the all-ages vacation.

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6 of San Diego’s Best Cideries brewing America’s Finest Craft Ciders

It’s not just beer—San Diego’s brewers have turned their talents to apples, pears, and even pomegranates, making the region ground zero for the craft cider movement, too. The result is a smattering of dedicated cideries where the bubbly brews take center stage.

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San Diego’s Hottest Blocks: Park Boulevard

Hundred Proof on Park Boulevard

Just north of the San Diego Zoo on Park Boulevard, it blazes a foodie trail up to the quaint, Craftsman-packed neighborhood of University Heights. Though there are some worthwhile outliers (Trust, for example) most of the area’s restaurants line a two-block stretch of Park Boulevard where they’re all in arm’s reach.

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Spend Spring Break in San Diego

People Dancing at Omnia Nightclub - Spring Break in San Diego

There are infinite ways to while away a week of perfect spring weather in this town. Here are a few ideas—for a fun night out, a perfect beach day, and a shopping and lounge-by-the-pool day—just to get your gears turning.

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5 of San Diego’s Most Sizzling Steakhouses

Cowboy Star - 5 of San Diego’s Most Sizzling Steakhouses

This city may be known for fish tacos, but there are plenty of steak aficionados—and talented chefs—who wholeheartedly embrace sizzling slabs. Like your steakhouses old fashioned and buttoned-down? Check. Prefer hip, new-school establishments that take pride in their craft cocktails? Also check. Whatever vibe you’re going for, San Diego steakhouses will serve it up, right beside hefty cuts of supremely high quality steak, however you like it.

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Cruise Along 7 of the Best Bike Outings in San Diego

Mission Bay Bike Path

Cruising along on two wheels is one of the best ways to take in San Diego’s scenery and stubbornly delightful weather. The region is crisscrossed by innumerable miles of paved, dirt, and mountain bike trails, perfect for any cyclist. With your own bike, one from a rental shop, or a bike share company, there are more options than ever to get rolling.

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San Diego’s Hottest Neighborhoods: Escondido

Escondido in San Diego California

Just a stone’s throw from everywhere in coastal San Diego, Escondido is a nature lover’s dream. But it doesn’t end there. This hilly city—“hidden,” as its name means in Spanish—is waiting to reveal a world of arts, delicious eats, and one of the crown jewels of San Diego’s craft beer scene.

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San Diego’s Hottest Neighborhoods: Torrey Pines Mesa

Salk Institute atop the Torrey Pines Mesa

This two-mile stretch of North Torrey Pines Road (just north of La Jolla) has attracted many of the brightest minds in life sciences, biotech, and engineering. But you don’t have to be chasing a Nobel Prize – or winning them, as denizens of this neighborhood can claim – to enjoy it. While others here labor on futuristic projects, you can bask in exquisite hotels, fine arts, legendary golf courses, and cuisine, all of which are worthy of their own Nobels.

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San Diego’s Hottest Neighborhoods: Del Mar & Carmel Valley

Torrey Pines - Hot Hoods Del Mar & Carmel Valley

20 minutes’ drive north of San Diego’s core, the coastal city of Del Mar—population 4,500—and its inland neighbor, Carmel Valley, beckon. Boutiques and fine restaurants line streets that exude a European flavor. Not to mention that they’re within trotting distance of the Del Mar Racetrack and some of the dreamiest coastline in San Diego.

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