San Diego Attractions
San Diego is one of California's most beloved beach cities, and people travel from across the globe to enjoy all that it has to offer. Situated on the Pacific Ocean, San Diego is known for its pristine sandy beaches, family-friendly parks, hipster downtown scene, and perennially warm climate. As a result, it has become the top meeting destination in California.
Here is just a sample of San Diego highlights:
- Balboa Park
- Coronado Island
- Old Town and Mission San Diego
- San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park
- Sea World and the Birch Aquarium
- Legoland and Belmont Park Rides
- USS Midway Museum and Air and Space Museum
- Natural History Museum and Fleet Science Center
- La Jolla Cove and San Diego Beaches
- Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
- Petco Park
Thrillist offers a bucket list of 30 things to do in San Diego, but the TripAdvisor's Top 10 Things to Do in San Diego and the U.S News and World Report's 11 Best Things to Do in San Diego are also worth reading while you're planning your stay.
Finally, the New York Times' 36 Hours in San Diego captures the city's essence and provides an ambitious itinerary for any San Diego visitor.
CREF San Diego: The Gaslamp Quarter
The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, the CREF 2017 host hotel, sits in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, a 16-block area in downtown San Diego that features Victorian-style buildings. This trendy neighborhood has much to offer: unique shops, art galleries, and restaurants to serve every taste, from family-friendly burger joints to sophisticated, locally sourced "locavore" restaurants. Most of San Diego's best restaurants are all within a short taxi or Uber ride of the Westin.
The Gaslamp Quarter also has some of the city's best nightlife, which is one reason visitors say it's the place to be if you are a lively, adventurous type. Horton Plaza, an outdoor shopping center, boasts a vast assortment of stores to meet all of your shopping needs. Consider exploring side streets on foot or hopping on an Old Town Trolley Tour. If you're not one to dance the night away, enjoy relaxing outdoors on one of the area's many patios and rooftop lounges instead.
Public transportation is a perfect way to explore downtown San Diego, as parking in this metropolitan area resembles that of most other major US cities: crowded and expensive.
Why not stay an extra day or two to explore all that the San Diego area has to offer? Don't forget to bring your children and loved ones, too, who will have plenty of fun while you're learning about the latest advances in cardiac surgery and perfusion.