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Holiday In San Diego

Are you ready to amble through the same streets as Ron Burgundy? That’s not all you’ll do during your San Diego holiday, so get ready to rock and roll. Where is San Diego, anyway? It’s at the bottom of California and has as many sunny days as grains of sands on its beaches. Aircraft carriers, beautiful beaches and even more beautiful people…we don’t need to go on any further, but you need to get up and go now!

Things to Do in San Diego

Since this town is knee-deep in Navy culture—remember Top Gun—make your way to the USS Midway Museum on the waterfront in downtown. Check out meticulously restored aircraft like an SBD Dive Bomber, F-4 Phantom and an F/A-18 Hornet. If you think you can handle the high-pressure situation of an aerial dogfight, then hop in one of the flight simulators and see if you can become an ace in a day. Unfortunately, Kelly McGillis won’t be greeting you after.

Holidays to San Diego aren’t complete without a visit to the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park. Get yourself a cold beer to enjoy and then take the Panda Trek to see giant pandas like Bai Yun and Gao Gao. Be sure not to make noise around the pandas—in the words of the legendary Brian Fantana, they’re wild animals that will “literally rip your face off”. After eye-guzzling at the panda enclosure, head over to Gorilla Tropics and try not to laugh too hysterically as the giant beasts jostle each other for heads of lettuce. Believe us, it’s funnier than it sounds.

Shopping, Dining & Nightlife

With all the money you saved on San Diego holiday packages, you’ll be able to shop until you drop, get back up and do it again. If you’re looking for the Rodeo Drive of San Diego, make for Fashion Valley Mall, where luxury shopping and beach life come face to face. Did you come to town looking for antiques? The Ocean Beach Antique District is jammed with over 200 dealers. Wouldn’t it be nice to go home with a 100-year-old grandfather clock? Actually, that’s a little big, but how about an old pocket watch? That should be easier to put in your carry-on.

We know you just want to shop all day, but eating has to take place at some point. If you find yourself downtown when hunger strikes, get over to Little Italy and take your pick from any number of delicious Italian restaurants. Is Italian food your idea of a bad time? If so, use one of lastminute.com.au’s San Diego car rental options and drive the streets of the East Village neighbourhood, where restaurants turn out plates ranging from Chinese comfort food to Kansas City-style BBQ.

After you’ve purchased a hot little number from Fashion Valley and your belly is filled with something delicious, it’s time to let loose. The Gaslamp Quarter is home to many popular bars and nightclubs that stay open into the wee hours of the morning. If you’d rather indulge in something a little less crazy during San Diego holidays, the North Park neighbourhood has redeveloped itself into one of the hipper places to hang at night. Whiskey bars, tequila palaces and gin joints line the streets.

What’s Next

Do you want to know what’s next? A trip to America’s southwestern corner is what’s next. Whether you’ve booked months in advance or have annual leave coming up right now, browse lastminute.com.au’s great selections on San Diego packages so you can enjoy cheap holidays to California.


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The Sofia Hotel

The Sofia Hotel

150 W Broadway, San Diego, CA
    3.5 out of 5.0
     
     

    Located in Downtown San Diego, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of San Diego Bay and Westfield Horton Plaza. Port of San Diego and B Street Cruise ...

    The Sofia HotelAU$184

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    Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

    Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

    1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA
      4.0 out of 5.0
       
       
      5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

      Located in Downtown San Diego, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of San Diego Bay and Seaport Village. San Diego Convention Center and USS Midway Museum ...

      Manchester Grand Hyatt San DiegoAU$259

      1 Aug - 2 Aug

      The Dana on Mission Bay

      The Dana on Mission Bay

      1710 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA
        3.5 out of 5.0
         
         

        Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mission Bay Park, Mission Bay, and Belmont Park. SeaWorld and Mission Beach are also within 2 mi (3 ...

        The Dana on Mission BayAU$244

        11 Aug - 12 Aug

        Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina

        Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina

        1380 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA
          4.0 out of 5.0
           
           

          Located in Point Loma, this spa hotel is steps from San Diego Bay and Harbor Island. Maritime Museum of San Diego and Waterfront Park are also within 2 mi (3 ...

          Sheraton San Diego Hotel and MarinaAU$191

          11 Aug - 12 Aug

          Paradise Point Resort & Spa

          Paradise Point Resort & Spa

          1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA
            4.0 out of 5.0
             
             

            Nestled on the beach, this San Diego resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mission Bay Park and Mission Bay. SeaWorld and Belmont Park are also within 3 mi (5 ...

            Paradise Point Resort & SpaAU$401

            11 Aug - 12 Aug

            Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

            Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

            207 5th Ave, San Diego, CA
              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in Gaslamp Quarter, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of San Diego Bay, Petco Park, and San Diego Convention Center. Seaport Village and Westfield ...

              Hard Rock Hotel San DiegoAU$344

              31 Jul - 1 Aug

              Wyndham San Diego Bayside

              Wyndham San Diego Bayside

              1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
                4.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Located in Downtown San Diego, this hotel is steps from San Diego Bay and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Port of San Diego and B Street Cruise Ship Terminal are ...

                Wyndham San Diego BaysideAU$217

                11 Aug - 12 Aug

                Best Western Seven Seas

                Best Western Seven Seas

                411 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA
                  3.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in Mission Valley, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hotel Circle, Balboa Park, and Fashion Valley Mall. Old Town San Diego State Park and University ...

                  Best Western Seven SeasAU$184

                  21 Jul - 22 Jul

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