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First Timer in California, Travelling Solo.

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First Timer in California, Travelling Solo.

Hi there guys, i am looking to head over to San Diego, for about 10 days will be staying at Lucky D's Hostel hopefully, maybe meet some new people as i am travelling up from England on my own. Was hoping if anyone has any ideas what places are a must to visit, (San Diego Zoo, will be a 100%).

I am 24, Male, still young so I'm up for most things, nature places, and downtown stuff. Im Hoping to expand on my photography skills too, so some nice landscape areas would be perfect.

Thank You, hopefully get some good replies from you Guys.

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1. Re: First Timer in California, Travelling Solo.

With 10 days you can really see more than just San Diego. A couple questions.....

Are you thinking of hiring a car?

Since you are staying in a hostel are you on a tight budget?

What time of year is this for?

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2. Re: First Timer in California, Travelling Solo.

Hi there,

In addition to the zoo there's all of Balboa Park in which the zoo is located.

There are gorgeous gardens, small museums of all sorts ,outdoor entertainment, and trails for walking and biking.

www.balboapark.org

There's also the downtown bayfront with ships to visit or just to walk past if you don't want to pay to go onto them.

www.thebigbay.com

That should start you off but there's lots more possible.

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For photography, especially nature photography, these were some of my favorite places when we visited for a couple of months in early 2011. We had a car so not able to advise on public transportation.

Cabrillo National Monument - for the views, tidepools http://www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm

Torrey Pines - nature hikes, overlooking ocean, etc. http://www.torreypine.org/

Gliderport (possibly something you might want to try as well as photograph): http://sandiegofreeflight.com/jm170/

San Diego Botanic Garden, although there are so many gardens in Balboa Park that this might be superfluous: http://www.sdbgarden.org/

La Jolla Cove - for the ocean, flowers, wildlife http://www.lajollabythesea.com/la-jolla-cove

Windandsea Beach - I include this because I have a giant wall mural in my guest room from a photo I took at this beach.

Sunsets at Sunset Cliffs but keep away from the edge of the cliffs. Also good for photos of surfers, along with the Ocean Beach pier.

Depending on your interests, you might appreciate touring the Midway: http://www.midway.org/

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4. Re: First Timer in California, Travelling Solo.

Hopefully going August 22nd until 1st September?

Not too sure about hiring a car yet

I'd say medium budget I would like to stay in a hotel but they seem a bit pricey and then would rather stay at lucky ds hostel and spend money on shopping, food etc.

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Getting to the most scenic spots for photography it would be best to have a car. So, maybe rent one for part of your visit? While you're staying in Downtown walk over to the Hyatt and go up to The Top of the Hyatt for some photo opportunities. I think they open at 2:30 so check first. There's not an outdoor patio so the shots would be through the windows. Also, a harbor cruise that leaves near the USS Midway makes for some good photo opportunities.

Lucky D's is a good location for being able to take advantage of some public transportation and for walking to some sights. And I think it would be a fun way to meet other fellow travelers.

Here are a couple of trip reports from people who visited w/o a car and got around.

tripadvisor.com/…47123946

tripadvisor.com/…45365979

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6. Re: First Timer in California, Travelling Solo.

if you go to the glider port, also include a walk through torry pines state park which is close by. if you happen to enjoy riding a bike...san diego has some good bike trails. you can get a map from the visitor's bearau you can rent a bike for relatively cheap and take it on many buses and the ferry to coronado. my sister and brother-in-law rented bikes for a week and got around almost everywhere. i second the recommendation of sunset cliffs - great place to bring a picnic, sit on the rocks, enjoy watching the waves crashing and watching the sunset. walking around ocean beach is fun - especially on a saturday - enjoy the unique shops and the piers.

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7. Re: First Timer in California, Travelling Solo.

thanks for all the suggestion guys.. further more help is always welcomed. i am researching into all this too, i have finally booked the trip from 21st August, until 3rd September.

Couple Questions..

Any ideas on the Weather?

any good vegetarian or/organic food stops around Lucky D's area?

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8. Re: First Timer in California, Travelling Solo.

A short walk on 7th Ave is Krisp's

http://krispsd.com/

https://goo.gl/maps/aguU4

In Horton Plaza Downtown is Jimbo's

http://jimbos.com/

You'll be staying very close to Pokez

http://pokezrestaurant.com/

and Royal India

https://royalindia.com/

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