Conventioneers enjoy the downtown meeting facilities with close-in entertainment and restaurants in San Diego’s Gaslamp District. Hillcrest has a funkier attitude – good for dining and nightlife as well. Coronado’s namesake hotel is full of history and worth a trip through the lobby if you can’t stay longer.
Travel to Mexico is not only a short rail line trip away – a day trip for many visitors – but also a strong cultural, social and economic influence on San Diego. Historic reminders of the influence of Spanish clergy and officials on the region are highlighted in the Old Town section of the city.
Families will want to visit one or more of the nearby beaches, the world-famous San Diego Zoo and Sea World. Balboa Park has gorgeous gardens, fountains and many cultural centers and museums in addition to the zoo. Golfers don’t have to travel far as they have many choices in the vicinity – there are 50+ public courses in San Diego County.
More natural outdoor experiences are available at Torrey Pines State Reserve and Cabrillo National Monument. The eastern portion of San Diego County has two very large tracts of undeveloped lands with trails – Cleveland National Forest and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.