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3 days in San Diego

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3 days in San Diego
San Diego has the best weather all year long and so many beautiful sites to visit it can be overwhelming. This is a list of things you can't miss on a short trip to the finest city.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Day 1
Point Loma
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Point Loma

A lookout point above San Diego Bay and home of the Cabrillo monument.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Ocean Beach
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Ocean Beach

One-mile long beach features a municipal pier for walking and fishing plus designated areas reserved for swimming and surfing.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Cabrillo National Monument
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Cabrillo National Monument

Stately monument honoring Cabrillo, discoverer of San Diego Bay, is located in Point Loma that overlooks the city and the Bay.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Day 2
Seaport Village
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Seaport Village

Seaport Village is a 14 acre waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment complex recreating a harbor side setting of a century ago. It includes 54... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Gaslamp Quarter
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Gaslamp Quarter

A 16-block national historic district that offers visitors a variety of restaurants and shops, as well as an eyeful of Victorian architecture.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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USS Midway Museum
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USS Midway Museum

The USS Midway Museum is a real naval aircraft carrier that served in the United States Navy for 47 years.  Large and very impressive, it has real... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Day 3
La Jolla Cove
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La Jolla Cove

San Diego's most desirable spot for swimming, diving and snorkeling. The water is calm and the cove is ecologically protected. There is also a world famous dive site that is located in the La Jolla ecological preserve.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Children's Pool
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Children's Pool

It was supposed to be a children's pool, but the harbor seals took over and it's a main tourist and local attraction. Great picture spot.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Girard Avenue and Prospect Street
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Girard Avenue and Prospect Street

Fashionable streets in La Jolla that offer expensive shops, boutiques, art galleries and elegant restaurants.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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