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Ajax
05-17-2011, 05:05 PM
Hi everyone! I'm going to San Diego for three days this week. I've never been there and was hoping some of you might have recommendations. Restaurants, bars (especially rooftop bars!), notable sights, anything really. Thanks in advance!

Aaron W
05-17-2011, 05:06 PM
Eat at In-N-Out. :D

Vagabond
05-17-2011, 06:14 PM
The Zoo (http://www.sandiegozoo.org/) (one of the best in the world)
The Safari Park (http://www.sdzsafaripark.org/)
Sea World (http://www.seaworld.com/sandiego/)
The Old Globe Theatre (http://www.theoldglobe.org/)
Balboa Park (http://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/parks/balboa/index.shtml) and http://www.balboapark.org/in-the-park/san-diego-museum-art]The San Diego Museum of Art
Mission San Diego (http://www.missionsandiego.com/)
The Gaslamp Quarter (http://www.gaslamp.org/)
Pacific Beach (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Beach,_San_Diego)
Tijuana Cultural Center (http://www.cecut.gob.mx/english.php) (well worth the trip!)

Stefanie
05-17-2011, 06:22 PM
There is a great bar/restaurant in Balboa Park called "Prado." They have a Passion Fruit Margarita. :swoon: Go there for happy hour.

I also went to a fun Irish pub with live music downtown, but I don't know the name of it or street name so I'm not much help. (I was visiting people so I was pretty much chauffered around the entire time.)

I liked the "old town" part. There were some quaint shops where I bought spices. I also bought some flavored balsamic vinegar and olive oil from the Temecula Olive Oil Company. They had a shop there, and I'd never been to California prior to this trip so I bought a lot of stuff there. :shuffle:

I am weird/different and I enjoy religious sites, so I visited the Mission in San Diego de Alcala, which was the first church in California established in 1769.

Finally, if you do nothing else, visit Coronado! Walk inside the Hotel del Coronado. I loved it there.

Enjoy your trip and report back on what you did. :)

Aaron W
05-17-2011, 06:57 PM
The Padres are home this Wednesday - next Wednesday. I enjoyed my visit to Petco Park last June. It might be worth checking out if you enjoy baseball and also enjoy visiting different ballparks like I do.

znachki
05-17-2011, 08:00 PM
I love San Diego. It's an easy plane trip from Seattle, small enough to do lots of things without a car, but big enough to have things to do.

I'll second Balboa Park and Old Town for touristing and for eating. The Prado restaurant outside seating is lovely for lunch.

In Old Town there are several Mexican places, and I'm not sure you can really go wrong with any of them.

I don't really know from rooftop bars, but if you are looking for really fine craft cocktails, I highly recommend "Noble Experiment". It is a speakeasy type bar, and you have to text for reservations. http://nobleexperimentsd.com/
Check them out on Yelp. The restaurant that NE is attached to - Neighborhood - is also good.

Little Italy isn't as Italy as it used to be, but there are still several Italian restaurants there. One non-italian restaurant there is called Craft & Commerce which specializes in beer and champagne cocktails.

http://www.craft-commerce.com/

Don't know how you are planning on getting around, but many places are available by taking their trolley system. http://www.sdmts.com/Trolley/Trolley.asp

Surprisingly, Balboa Park is not one of them, but it's about a $10.00 cab ride from downtown.

The Hotel Del Coronado is another place you might want to check out.

Enjoy!

skatingfan5
05-17-2011, 08:09 PM
I have only been to San Diego once -- on business for several days in the late '90s, which left me with about a day and a half for sight-seeing without a car. I second the suggestions of Old Town, Balboa Park, and the Hotel Del Coronado (I have fond memories of walking the beach there in early December when it was 30F back home).

Japanfan
05-18-2011, 12:34 AM
The Zoo is well worth a full day's visit, at least a half-day if you are short on time. We actually went back three times in our 10 days in San Diego. The botanical displays were as impressive as the animals themselves. Sea World was less impressive, though we did enjoy it.

And Coronado Island is well worth a visit - it's a beautiful and quiet area located on a peninsula and a very pleasant half-hour boat ride from the city. We took transit, which involved a very pleasant half-hour boat ride, but you should be able to find your way there in a car easily.

The island has two waterfronts and the above mentioned Coronado Hotel is one of them. We walked there and it took about an hour, then cabbed back for about $10.00. The hotel resort is just gorgeous and caters to the wealthy.

Dr.Siouxs
05-18-2011, 01:46 AM
San Diego is a wonderful city, try one of the Italian restaurants around the boardwalk if you get the chance...

snoopysnake
05-18-2011, 05:04 PM
I absolutely adore the Balboa Park Inn. Walking distance from the zoo and all the museums.

Yehudi
05-21-2011, 12:50 PM
I will be going to Comic Con at the end of July and our hotel is in Old Town. How far is old town from the convention center by the trolley and what are the good restaurants near the convention center?

UMBS Go Blue
05-21-2011, 06:47 PM
I second Coronado Island any time of day, especially when nice and sunny, as well as the Gaslamp Quarter for great nightlife.

reckless
05-21-2011, 11:42 PM
I will be going to Comic Con at the end of July and our hotel is in Old Town. How far is old town from the convention center by the trolley and what are the good restaurants near the convention center?
Old Town is pretty easy via trolley. If you are staying at one of the convention hotels, they will have buses that run special Comic Con routes. You just use your badge to get on.

Be warned. Comic Con is a zoo and horribly overcrowded. I went last year with a friend who came in from England for it. We had Friday and Saturday passes. On Friday, we decided to check out the dealers' room for a few hours and planned to go see the True Blood panel in the evening (it was either 5 or 6 pm). We knew the lines for the panel would be long, so we figured we would get into line around noon and spend the afternoon playing cards. At noon, when we went to the line for that auditorium, we were told that the line was closed and we could come back at 2 or 3 to see if we could get into the line, which was already circling the building. We heard other people say they were getting in lines at 7 am so they could camp out in auditoriums until the panels they wanted to see in the mid- to late-afternoon.

After that, we decided enough was enough. We called a friend, got ridiculously drunk that afternoon, went out in the evening and had fun watching people walking around the Gaslight in costume.

Saturday morning, we went to Vegas. That was a lot more fun.

For restaurants, the Gaslamp district is nearby and the area around the big mall have plenty of places to eat. Check out Chowhound's San Diego board (http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/65) for recommendations. Every year, they do a Comic Con restaurant list. Cafe Chloe is a nice breakfast/brunch place, but not terribly close to the Convention Center. I also recommend Dobson's for their mussel bisque (it's quite an old school bar/restaurant). We also went to a really nice Cal-Italian place that I'll have to track down the name of. And there are plenty of decent restaurants in Old Town.

Ajax
05-23-2011, 04:40 PM
Hi everyone! Thanks to all for the recommendations. I just got back from San Diego :) The trip was fun, I visited Coronado and the Old Town following your suggestions and loved it there. Huge 4$ margaritas and delicious fish tacos for happy hour can't be beat ;) I spent one day at the zoo (tiring but fun), a second day driving from beach to beach (La Jolla, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach) and the last day saw Coronado and the Old Town. I have to say I was disappointed in the nightlife - didn't know everything closes at 1! There were some interesting looking clubs in the Gaslamp Quarter but the lines were so long that we didn't bother waiting. Other than that though, very fun trip. Thanks again for the recs!