LIVE LARGE: The Biggest & Best of San Diego
San Diego is often a study in contrasts. For instance, while the urban heart of San Diego is made up of many distinct neighborhoods — many of which have a small-community feel — we’re still one of the largest cities in the country. “America’s Finest City” is the second-largest in California and the eighth-largest in the country! And part of being a world-class city is embracing our share of over-the-top features. For instance, we can lay claim to more than 70 miles of coastline, more theme parks than you can fit into one stay, and the largest number of sunny days per year of any city on the West Coast. So if you want to have BIG fun on your visit, take a look at this handy infographic highlighting some of the biggest and best of San Diego.
Are you big on brews? Well, this is the city for you! With over 150 breweries, it’s no wonder we’re named the Craft Beer Capital of America! Need to know where to get started? Check out this guide on where to find the best beer in San Diego, from our sister property Days Inn Hotel Circle.
Fun fact: Ocean Beach is home to the largest fishing pier on the West Coast, extending 1,971 feet into the ocean! The community of Ocean Beach itself is also home to amazing festivals, attractions, dining, shopping, and one of the best farmers markets in the city.
Lions, tigers, bears, oh my! Come see why the renowned San Diego Zoo is one of the best in the world. Sprawling across 100 acres within gorgeous Balboa Park and home to 3,700 endangered animals and 700,000-plus plants, it truly is a unique local attraction. Pro tip: Bring comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen, and don’t forget to try the Skyfari during your visit — an aerial tram that takes you on a ride in the sky above the whole park!
While we’re on the topic of the San Diego Zoo, keep in mind that you can’t pay a visit to San Diego and miss seeing the nation’s largest urban cultural park! Among its 1,200 lush acres are gardens galore, multiple performing-arts centers, fun museums, and so much more! Want a sneak peek? Take a look at this Visual Guide to Balboa Park from our friends at Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside.
When life gives you lemons…visit the largest lemon in the world! This 3,500-pound statue is a juicy symbol of San Diego’s suburb of Lemon Grove. And although Lemon Grove takes its name from the area’s most prominent crop of yesteryear, life here is anything but sour. The beautiful landscape of the city was once a part of the Mission San Diego de Alcalá, and its motto of “Best Climate on Earth” is reinforced by the mild year-round weather residents enjoy.
Come on, who doesn’t know San Diego for its bountiful sandy beaches and year-round sunny skies? No matter what your beach vibe is, you’re guaranteed to find your go-to spot among our 70 miles of coastline. Even better, every beach in the county has its own distinct vibe and personality. Looking for a good fit? Check out the blog post, “Which San Diego Beach is Perfect for You?” from our colleagues at Humphreys Half Moon Inn.
Did you know that we are the largest Days Inn in the country and the highest-rated within San Diego? When you stay in our spacious accommodations, you’re just minutes from the beach, downtown, and all the other top attractions our city has to offer!
Ready to book your stay with us? Take a look at our Special Offers page — which includes all of our money-saving packages, discounts and deals — and book your stay today. We look forward to welcoming you to San Diego!