Visit San Diego.

You’ll thank yourself after visiting the city of San Diego, a Southern California paradise where even the locals might seem like they’re enjoying vacation, too. San Diego’s seat along the coastline makes it ideal for sun seekers and adventurers alike. It’s also home to historical monuments, museums, and cultural hotspots. After landing at San Diego International Airport, hop on the Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner, hail a cab, or rent a car to make your way to downtown San Diego.

Downtown San Diego features one of the city’s most well-known attractions: Balboa Park. This 1,200-acre park is not only a great place for a bike ride or picnic, but also a place to admire the detailed Spanish-Renaissance architecture found on the grounds, like the California Building or the House of Hospitality. Another must-see spot is the Botanical Building that features more than 2,100 plants, ranging from tropical plants to orchids.

There are plenty of museums and cultural centers in San Diego to suit all types of interests. One of the city’s great museums is the San Diego Museum of Art, which houses nationally renowned collections that include Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings, and 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculptures. The Fleet Science Center will please any science enthusiast with its more than 100 interactive exhibits open for exploration and investigation.

If you prefer exploring the great outdoors, San Diego will not disappoint. The Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve features 1,750 acres of untouched land, protecting unique flora like the Torrey pine, America’s rarest pine tree. Spend your time here taking in the historic landscape, hiking the many trails that feature ocean overlooks, and soaking in breathtaking views of the sandstone cliffs that border the Torrey Pine shoreline.

No trip to San Diego would be complete without a day (or more) at one of the city’s many beaches. Mission Beach and Pacific Beach connect on the shoreline in San Diego, effectively making for one giant beach that stretches for miles. Sit back and relax on the beach while you watch surfers ride the waves. When you need to take a break from the sand, go for a walk along the boardwalk packed with inline skaters and bicyclists. Those looking for a calmer spot to spread their towel can visit Coronado Beach, which boasts fewer sunbathers and calmer waves.

There is no doubt that San Diego has a lot to offer, with everything from pristine parks to beach-front views. Soak up the sun and must-see spots when you book a flight to San Diego with Southwest®. From flight selection to checkout, know that when you book with Southwest you can book with confidence. Learn more about the Southwest® Experience and reserve your upcoming flight to San Diego.

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Things to do in San Diego.

Outdoor oases
  • Balboa Park
  • San Diego Botanic Garden
  • Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Museums that will mesmerize
  • Fleet Science Center
  • Museum of Photographic Arts
  • San Diego Museum of Art
Beautiful beaches
  • Coronado Beach
  • Mission Beach
  • Solana Beach