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48 Hours in San Diego

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Venture right down on an enthralling two days jaunt in the enchanting city, San Diego. The entire city is laid out beautifully with picturesque landscapes, miles of stunning coastlines, notable historical sites, museums and numerous famous tourist attractions. In your 48 hours stay in the city, it will charm you with absolute delight.

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San Diego - Immaculately landscaped city with rich arts, culture and history!

A Wonderful Day 1 San Diego Tour Awaiting!

Breakfast at 8:00 AM

This morning, let's stroll the street of downtown and stop for some hearty breakfast. Chef Miguel’s Deli (1048 7th Ave) will serve you freshly squeezed juice, smoothies, egg, bacon and sandwiches. At Brian’s 24 (Gaslamp 828 6th Ave), you can relish on the best early morning food, with  Krab Cakes Benedict,  stuffed french toast and amazing waffles. For one of the most amazing pastries and almond croissant, stop at Cafe’ de L’Opera (1354 5th Ave, San Diego).

San Diego Zoo at 9:00 AM

Young or old, everyone enjoy a zoo outing and even better, when its the famous San Diego zoo. The facility is a home to over 3000 animals representing over 800 species. Morning time is the best to have a rendezvous with the wonderful animals, when they are most active. You can hob on the Double Decker zoo tour to get an insightful zoo experience with informative commentary from the guide. Grab a map at the entrance and learn the best way to navigate through the zoo. Spot the very famous giant pandas, koalas and Komodo dragon. Stroll or take a break at the zoo gardens. And end your adventurous trip in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Address: San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101, United States
Telephone: 1 619 231 1515
Website: www.sandiegozoo.org

Distance and time from Downtown: 3.3 miles or 9 minutes drive.

Lunch at 1:00 PM

After the adventurous zoo trip, sit yourself down for a delicious lunch. Ocean Pacific Grille (Gaslamp, 531 F St) serves good seafood, steak in a Pacific Rim style. At Island Prime (880 Harbor Island Dr), devour its best Lobster Bisque and fish fillet to die for. Fresh delicious Italian  lasagnas, Papa Sisto and a free glass of wine will warm your heart and stomach at Salvatore’s Cucina Italiana (750 Front St)

Sun and Sea Break! La Jolla at 2:30 PM

Gear up with sunscreen, hats, shades, swim suit and hit the sands of La Jolla Cove. Spend a refreshing afternoon swimming,  strolling along the sand, surfing or participating in numerous beach activities or simply sun bask, reading a book. While at La Jolla, you got to visit the 6,000 acre San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park. The crystalline water invite you for a thrilling scuba-diving and snorkeling adventure and a chance to explore the wonderful undersea life. Take a nature walk at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and discover all of nature wild and free (12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla)

Address: La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
Distance and time from Dwontown: 14 miles or 20 minutes drive

Don't miss San Diego's Breweries! Microbreweries at 5:00 PM

You cannot go wrong with beers at San Diego because San Diegans take their beer crafts pretty seriously. From Gargantuan to garage-sized microbreweries, the city has numerous breweries. Open your taste buds for exceptional American and Belgian beer tasting at Green Flash. An outdoor beer garden welcomes you and $1 is charged for per taste. Book ahead online for tours at $5.

Address: 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd
Phone: 858-622-0085
Website: www.greenflashbrew.com
Hours: 3-9pm Tue-Thu, to 10pm Fri, noon-9pm Sat, noon-6pm Sun

Broadway San Diego at 7:00 PM

An evening watching Broadway Musical will be an unforgettable experience in San Diego. The theatre manages to bring the Broadway of New York to the heart of the city. It is a home to The Phantom of the Opera, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Annie, the Wizard of oz and lots more.

Address: 3666 4th Ave San Diego 92103
Website: www.broadwaysd.com
Phone: (619) 564-3000

Distance and time from Mira Mesa Blvd: 14.6 miles or 20 minutes drive.

Dinner at 9:00 PM

Take a drive along the scenic, El Cajon, a valley surrounded by mountains. Stop at the vibrant and well decorated Antonio's Hacienda restaurant (700 N. Johnson, El Cajon) for a yummy Mexican dinner. For Italian specials, drop by Da Boyz Pizza and Pasta (2990 Jamacha Rd Ste 100, El Cajon) and indulge in fresh salad with pizza or pasta. Craving for Chinese or Japanese cuisine! Kip's Cafe Chinese & Japanese Cuisine (1190 N 2nd St, El Cajon) will just serve you right. 

Distance and time from Broadway: 15.5 miles or 19 minutes drive.

Sycuan Casino & Resort at 11:00 PM

End the night with a visit to one of San Diego's famous Native American casinos, Sycuan Casino & Resort. The mega casino is decked up with 65 table games and 2000 slots.

Address: 5485 Casino Way, El Cajon, CA 92019
Website: www.sycuan.com
Phone: (619) 445-6002 

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Breakfast at 8:00 AM

The fragrant of freshly baked waffles will attract you to Waffle Spot (1333 Hotel Cir S). Waffles with country potatoes or chocolate chip and blueberry waffles, you will be treated with many choices of waffles here. Cafe On Park (3831 Park Blvd) is another cozy place that serves great home style pancakes, scramble eggs,  crab cake Benny and amazing coffee.

Art and Culture Landscape! Balboa Park at 10:00 AM

In the morning, book an appointment with the Balboa Park, a well preserved picturesque landscape of art and culture. Inside the park, you will find museums (Centro Cultural de la Raza, Marstone House, Museum of Photographic Arts); performing arts centers, stunning gardens (Alcazar garden, Australian Garden, Desert Garden). It is also here that you can participate in many recreational activities in the Balboa Park Activity Center, Balboa Park Golf Complex or Balboa Park Tennis club.

Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego 92101
Phone: (619) 239-0512 

Lunch at 1:00 PM

Take a cab to SeaWorld Dr and sit yourself down in one of its famous restaurants before you venture into the sea world tour. Phil’s BBQ (3750 Sports Arena Blvd), one of SoCal's best BBQ joints serving juicy, tender superb BBQ ribs. This is one place you cannot afford to miss as long as barbeque is concerned. At Red Marlin (1441 Quivira Rd), try its amazing seafood platters or delicious crab cake.

SeaWorld San Diego at 2:00 PM

Justifiably, California's most popular theme parks, SeaWorld San Diego offers you aquatic-themed rides, animal encounters - Penguin Encounter,  Shark Encounter  and other exhibits. The park's show stopper is the live shows displaying trained dolphins, killer whales and sea lions. Amusement-park-style rides are also available here for more thrilling entertainment.

500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego
Phone: (888) 800-5447
Website: www.seaworldsandiego.com
Prices: adult/child 3-9yr $84/78

Distance and time from Balboa Park: 8.7 miles or 13 minutes drive

Shop at Westfield Horton Plaza at 5:00 PM

Next comes the Westfield Horton Plaza, a five-story, 7 block state of-the-art shopping mall. Here you will find shops of almost all brands, entertainment centers, food court to grab a quick bite. Or perhaps you are more interested to check out the trendiest collections in shops such as Norsdrom, Bebe and Coach.

Address: San Diego , USA
Phone: (619) 235-4014

Distance and time from Sea World: 7.0 miles or 12 minutes

Sunny Seaport Village at 7:00 PM

A 10 minutes walk towards the West Harbor Drive, will lead you to the Sunny Seaport Village, a stunning waterfront shopping, outdoor activities and dinning complex. Browse around the village to see the buildings with varied architectural styles, ranging from Victorian to traditional Mexican.

Address: Seaport Village, 849 West Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101, United States
Website: www.seaportvillage.com

Dinner at 9:00 PM

With the most beautiful views, you can dine at one of the fine restaurants in Seaport Village. For an Hawaiian-inspired cuisine, step in Roy’s Restaurant. Try its freshest selections of lobsters, butterfish, salmon and end with a sweet note with delicious chocolate souffle or pineapple upside down cake. At Greek Islands Cafe, enjoy Greek gyro platter. Or stop at Pier Cafe for a classic American clam chowder.

Dance, music, drinks! Night scene begins at 11:00 PM

A 4 minutes drive from Seaport village will take you to the Shout! House San Diego (655 4th Ave), a place to watch the great pianists perform and enjoy the big ass beer. Another must visit is Henry’s Pub (618 5th Ave) - spacious dance club that plays absolutely perfect music, great drinks and delicious bar nosh.

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