Whether you're a local or a traveler, there's so much to do in sunny Southern California. Travel a little past Orange County and you'll find mellow beach shores, adorable tiny Italian restaurants, and a whole host to do. If you're checking items off your bucket list, don't miss out on these San Diego best places to visit.

Balboa Park

Price: Free

Location: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Why You Should Go: You can explore 1,200 acres of a lush cultural park filled with museums, gardens, and hidden attractions.

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Mona Lisa Italian Foods

Price: Varies by order

Location: 2061 India St, San Diego, CA

Why You Should Go: This old-timey marketplace and restaurant serve up delicious Italian classics including lasagna, pizza, and gourmet deli meats.

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Mission Beach

Price: Free

Location: Mission Beach, San Diego, CA

Why You Should Go: This laid-back neighborhood is the perfect place to lounge on the beach, meet chill surfing locals, and play volleyball. 

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Belmont Park

Price: Free admission

Location: 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA

Why You Should Go: You can visit a historic theme park with an incredible beach view. 

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Kissing Statue

Price: Free

Location: 55 Tuna Ln, San Diego, CA

Why You Should Go: Bring your BFF or S/O and pose in front of a giant WWII era statue by the water. 

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Hotel del Coronado

Price: Free to visit 

Location: 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA

Why You Should Go: This luxury historic hotel has been a special part of San Diego since 1888. Even if you're not a hotel guest, you can enjoy lunch outside on the patio, walk the grounds, and soak up amazing beach views.

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Gaslamp Quarter

Price: Free to visit

Location: Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA

Why You Should Go: This lively downtown area is the best place to find nightlife. There's music, dancing, and plenty of restaurants to choose from.

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Holy Matcha

Price: Varies by order

Location: 3118 University Ave., San Diego, CA and 201 Park Blvd., #105 San Diego, CA

Why You Should Go: This adorably pink and tropical-themed cafe serves up delicious tea drinks and treats - all in the name of "holy" matcha.

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Seaport Village

 

Price: Free to visit

Location: Seaport Village, San Diego, CA

Why You Should Go: This waterfront shopping and dining area have more than 70 shops to explore. 

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No matter what type of traveler you are, the Golden State has it all. While you're down south, why not make a stop by this hidden suspension bridge in San Diego? It's totally free to visit and provides amazing city skyline views. 

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