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How to Spend 2 Days in San Diego

How to Spend 2 Days in San Diego

With two days in San Diego, you can spend one day exploring historical and family attractions in the city and another on activities that highlight the area’s natural beauty and Southern California lifestyle. Here are a few ways to create a 2-day itinerary that encompasses the best of San Diego.

 

Day 1: Visit Attractions

**Morning:**Get oriented on a hop-on hop-off trolley tour to popular destinations such as Old Town, Seaport Village, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, and Little Italy. The Go San Diego Card includes entrance to several attractions at one price. Opt for a guided city tour if you prefer a set itinerary with commentary.

 

**Afternoon:**Depending on your interests, check out one or two of the city’s major attractions, such as the San Diego Zoo (home to the giant pandas), San Diego Zoo Wildlife Park, SeaWorld San Diego in Mission Bay, or the USS Midway Museum, which sits on the San Diego Bay waterfront.

 

**Night:**Admire the city from the water on a San Diego Bay dinner cruise, which typically includes an entree, sides, and dessert. Some cruises include features such as Champagne or a DJ for onboard dancing. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase if not included in the price.

 

Day 2: Enjoy Activities

**Morning:**Explore the sea caves of La Jolla on a kayaking tour where you have the chance to spot wildlife such as seabirds, sea lions, and perhaps dolphins. Alternatively, go further into the Pacific on a whale-watching cruise to look for migrating whales and other marine life.

 

**Afternoon:**With its pleasant weather, San Diego is made for Segway tours. Opt for a Balboa Park tour to explore the gardens, architecture, and cultural sites of this urban oasis, or head to Coronado on a Segway adventure that takes you on a ferry, to the beach, and past the Hotel del Coronado.   


**Night:**Discover the San Diego culinary scene with a food and drinks walking tour themed around history. Hear about the brothels and other seedy aspects of the Gaslamp Quarter, now a popular nightlife district, or explore Old Town for tastings of tequila and Mexican cuisine.

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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

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Go whale watching from San Diego aboard a replica of a historic sailing schooner that won the world’s first America’s Cup sailing competition in 1851. Throughout your cruise, your expert guide shares informative commentary about gray whales, dolphins, and other marine animals, along with details about the US Navy sites you pass as you head out on the Pacific Ocean.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum Admission Ticket in San Diego

Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum Admission Ticket in San Diego

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Take a trip through American naval history with admission to the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. This enormous ship, known as the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century, now offers a range of interactive exhibits, a self-guided audio tour and numerous restored aircraft across its 4-acre (1.6-hectare) flight deck and sections below. It’s an essential piece of San Diego’s, and America’s, military history. For your safety, the below deck tour routes, guided Island Tour, “Battle of Midway” theater, simulator, Virtual Reality experiences, and climb aboard cockpits are temporarily closed. The museum kicks off the aircraft carrier's 75th anniversary with a free kids admission offer - two free kids with every full-paid adult ticket now through December 15, 2020! This offer provides a fun and exciting opportunity to complement home learning for kids. Just bring your adult ticket to our ticket booth to get the free kids tickets.
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  • 2 to 5 hours
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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

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Explore some of the top highlights of San Diego with your silver, gold, or platinum day pass (depending on option selected) for the city’s Hop-on, Hop-off Trolley Tour. Choose your own adventure as you get on and off the trolley at any of the 12 included stops, covering famous sights including the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Zoo, USS Midway and the Cruise Ship Terminal, Little Italy, and many more. This San Diego trolley tour also features live commentary from the on-board guide during your ride.
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  • 2 hours
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San Diego Zoo Ticket

San Diego Zoo Ticket

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Meet some of the world's most exotic animals with your admission ticket to the renowned San Diego Zoo, one of California's top family-friendly attractions. More than 4,000 animals representing 800 species live in this state-of-the-art zoo, including some that are rarely seen at other zoos. Admire the animals and go in-depth during daily keeper talks and guided bus tours. With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into the San Diego Zoo.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

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Enjoy the sublime coastal scenery as you spot abundant marine life during this kayaking trip in La Jolla’s sea caves and ecological reserve. Paddle along with your expert naturalist guide as you observe the numerous species of birds, dolphins, sea lions and even orcas that inhabit the area. Also, kayak among the lush kelp beds that grow in the reserve and, if conditions permit, explore inside the sea caves that dot the area’s rocky coastline. This La Jolla caves trip includes all necessary equipment, a life jacket, guide, and optional wetsuit rental.
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  • 2 hours
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Brothels, Bites and Booze: A Culinary Tour of San Diego's Questionable Past

Brothels, Bites and Booze: A Culinary Tour of San Diego's Questionable Past

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Explore the best eats in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego on a walking tour with an expert guide who shares the inside scoop on the district's hopping restaurant and bar scene. Sample delicious dishes at several eateries, sip drinks, and learn about the history of the district as you discover its latest incarnation as a top nightlife destination. Colorful stories shared by your guide make the history of San Diego come to life on this 2.5-hour tour.
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San Diego Harbor Dinner Cruise

San Diego Harbor Dinner Cruise

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Take an evening cruise wining and dining aboard the ‘Spirit of San Diego,’ enjoying top-notch food and drink, plus sparkling skyline views during this San Diego dinner cruise. Dig into your included gourmet meal, accompanied by a complimentary cocktail and live on-board entertainment, as you cruise 25-miles worth of California’s beautiful coastline and gaze at the twinkling stars above. You can also upgrade your cruise to include an unlimited open bar for an additional price.
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  • 3 hours
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Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour of San Diego

Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour of San Diego

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Get your fiesta started in San Diego on a food and walking tour through historic Old Town. Visit some of the district's finest Mexican restaurants to sample tasty dishes, tequila cocktails, and hear mariachi music. Learn about the history of California and the Native Americans, Spanish, Mexicans and gold rush prospectors that influenced Old Town's growth. You even hear some ghostly tales at Whaley House and an old cemetery. Get insider tips from your guide about authentic Mexican cuisine and other great places to visit on this fun tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park Ticket

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Ticket

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The renowned San Diego Zoo Safari Park presents more than 3,500 animals roaming in large enclosures that replicate their natural habitat. Go on a safari adventure unlike any other outside of Africa itself, with exhibits inspired by the African Serengeti and the Asian Savanna. With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into the Safari Park.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
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Private Balboa Park Segway Tour

Private Balboa Park Segway Tour

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Take a tour of San Diego's most-popular park during this Segway exploration of Balboa Park. Follow your friendly local guide to all of the hot spots and learn why locals love the laid back vibe of this coastal destination.
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  • 2 hours
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San Diego Luxury Dinner Cruise

San Diego Luxury Dinner Cruise

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On this experience, relax in style aboard a luxury dinner cruise. Enjoy panoramic views from the boat's deck and take your time over a gourmet, 3-course meal, as you cruise past twinkling city lights that ring San Diego Bay. Listen to relaxing background music and enjoy an unforgettable evening, or celebrate a birthday, anniversary or another special occasion. Viator Exclusive: Upgrade to a guaranteed, private table by a window and bottle of Champagne.
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  • 3 hours
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Coronado Island Segway Tour

Coronado Island Segway Tour

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Traveling by Segway is not only fun and different, but allows you to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. On this guided and narrated morning or afternoon tour, explore downtown San Diego and admire gorgeous views of San Diego Bay from the Embarcadero. Take a ferry ride to Coronado Island to check out still more sights, including pretty Coronado Beach and the historic Hotel del Coronado.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$169.00
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Go San Diego All-Inclusive City Pass: Access 55+ Attractions

Go San Diego All-Inclusive City Pass: Access 55+ Attractions

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Get the most out of your visit to San Diego with the Go San Diego™ All-Inclusive Pass, granting you access to over 55 top city attractions, tours and activities plus a range of great shopping and dining discounts. Check out the San Diego Zoo, Knott’s Berry Farm, and LEGOLAND® California, or try kayaking and snorkeling in La Jolla. Save up to 46% off attraction admission prices and enjoy special offers and discounts at included retailers and restaurants. Best of all, there’s no voucher redemption necessary. Just save your pass on your mobile device and start the fun. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for one year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for the number of days purchased.
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  • 7 days
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