If you’re heading on a luxurious road trip this summer then there’s a good chance you’ll be heading for the Californian Coast. For instance, the California State Route 1 will take you along the Pacific coast starting just north of San Diego.
From San Diego, the route will take you through Los Angeles where you'll have the opportunity to drive through infamous places like Long Beach, Malibu, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Big Sur, and San Francisco.
Whilst road trips can be fantastic, if you’ve already had a long drive to get to San Diego it might be worth considering treating yourself to a stay at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center by Wyndham San Diego North where you can replenish and rest up before your big adventure.
In that vein, this article highlights three of the best ways to enjoy San Diego and get your trip off to a good start.
1. HANG OUT IN BALBOA PARK
Balboa Park is home to the famous San Diego Zoo. The park itself is 1,200-acres and acts as the city's cultural hub, as it is located in the heart of downtown San Diego.
The park hosts a number of interesting sights such as the Botanical Building which happens to be one of the most photographed places in the whole of Balboa Park; featuring over 2,000 plants including several tropical plants and orchids. Outside the botanical gardens, the park itself has a cactus garden, a rose garden, a zen garden and even a palm tree canyon.
With so much to do within the park many people suggest allocating a whole day to explore - and as the park is open every day of the year with free admission it’s a popular spot for those on a budget.
2. VISIT THE ZOO
This huge zoo houses one of the largest number of rare and endangered species in the whole world; for instance, you can find animals such as giant pandas, giraffes, elephants, and even polar bears.
When you visit the zoo you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of time and some comfortable walking shoes in order to see everything the zoo has to offer. That said, the zoo does offer a 35-minute guided bus tour if you’re feeling tired or don’t have much time.
3. HEAD OUT TO TORREY PINES STATE RESERVE
The oceanfront nature reserve of Torrey Pines boasts 1,750 acres of unspoiled land which features America's rarest pine tree; the Torrey. There are 3,000 of these rare trees in the reserve, and aside from San Diego, there’s only one other place you can find the trees in the whole country.
There are eight miles of hiking routes where trails lead through beautiful sandstone ravines and offer breathtaking views of the coastline.
Just be sure to come early on in the day, as this natural area is one of San Diego’s highlights, meaning you’ll want come here early before the thwarts of tourists arrive; particularly at the weekend.