Big city vacations don't necessarily mean big spending. Here's your budget travel guide to San Diego, where many of the best attractions are outdoors and free!
It's the natural setting that draws many visitors to San Diego, and you can enjoy the beauty of our coast without spending a dime. There are more than 70 miles of coastline, and you can explore a different beach every day of your vacation. Or pick the one that suits your travel style best--kid-friendly, surf city, sunset beauty--and make it a part of every day of your stay.
When you want natural beauty away from the beach, check out Balboa Park. There are miles of palm tree-lined trails for hiking and biking, plus free outdoor organ concerts every Sunday. The park is also home to dozens of museums with reasonable admission rates. the Museum of Man is $10 or less for seniors, students, and children, and the Museum of Art is free for kids and $10 or less for seniors and students.
You can explore our history on a budget, too. There's an old-timey, frontier atmosphere in Old Town, which is where San Diego was founded. The Victorian buildings of the Gaslamp Quarter line the streets, making for a scenic walk. You'll find plenty of dining options in both locations. Of course, there's great Mexican food, given our heritage; and the Little Italy neighborhood preserves the flavors of the Old Country.
Staying at budget-friendly Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle Near SeaWorld is another great way to manage your budget. We have comfortable accommodations and a pool for your downtime at the hotel. Great transportation options at our front door mean you don't need to rent a car to get to all the sights, and our local tips will help you discover the best of San Diego.