Exploring San Diego

Just after thanksgiving this year, we jetted off to San Diego with Thomas' family to do some exploring, but most of all, to enjoy time with family! We made stops at some amazing places, and I've compiled them all here, for you!

Areas to explore in San Diego
Thomas' mom outside of the front door of our AirBnB in Sunset Cliffs
1. Sunset Cliffs
This is actually the neighborhood our AirBnB was in. We probably never would have found it if we hadn't been staying there. This quaint little spot, nestled right on the water (literally) had so many cute stops and fun places to walk around. While we were there, they were hosing a Christmas parade and tons of other Christmas festivities! If you want to hear more about AirBnB check out my AirBnB do's & don'ts post!
Areas to explore in San Diego, CA
Going for a ride on The Giant Dipper
2. Belmont Park
Don't let the look fool you, this little amusement part hosts some amazing times. We stopped here, only looking to ride the Giant Dipper and ended up having an amazing time! The Giant Dipper may look like an old rickety roller coaster, but it is so much fun. We ended up riding it three times and probably would have gone another ten times if we weren't freezing! There is also a few other smaller rides and shops along the way, not to mention a hilarious photo booth that we took FULL advantage of!

3. Little Italy
This little area is every foodie's dream. There was so much food y'all! We had an amazing dinner and checked out some of the adorable shops (can you tell I like food and shops?). (Almost) Everything is down one long street so you're able to see tons of stuff in on long strip. Definitely a must stop if you're looking for some fabulous Italian food.
Areas to explore in San Diego, CA
4. Gaslamp Quarter
This area if fabulous. It reminds me of some of the other ultra trendy areas of places we have visited, minus the over abundance of chain restaurants. The Gaslamp Quarter had tons of neat bars and pubs, mixed with lots of cool shops. I would definitely recommend a night in The Gaslamp Quarter, or brunch there! We went with the later because we spent too much time exploring Little Italy one night, but the brunch scene was just as amazing as the night scene! 
Areas to explore in San Diego, CA
5. Balboa Park
This magnificent park reminds me of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco or Central Park in New York. It is giant! We were visiting during the Balboa nights festival and were amazed at the number of vendors and fun activities there were to do. Balboa Park is also home to THE San Diego Zoo- Hello bucket list! With so much to do and such a huge area, this is the perfect spot to hang out in all day, we sure did!
Areas to explore in San Diego, CA
6. Old Town San Diego
This little area is the absolute best. It reminds me of a little Mexico with tons of Spanish tiling, adobe style buildings small shops and of course, delicious foods. I highly recommend grabbing lunch here, and spending the rest of the afternoon browsing the shops. Parking is a little hairy, but there are a couple free parking areas, and know your car is 100% safe!
Areas to explore in San Diego, CA
Other notable areas:
Unconditional Surrender Sculpture
USS Midway & Museum
Hotel del Coronado
La Jolla Cove
Follow me on Instagram this week to see lots of other awesome shots from our time in San Diego!


  1. Omg I'm dyingggggg to go to San Diego! Thanks for all of the tips!

    Casey // adolescentadulthood.co

  2. I have been wanting to go to San Diego for forever it seems!
    Love all of your recommendations.

    xx, Jamie

  3. My boyfriend and I have been talking about taking a trip to San Diego!! Thanks for the great tips:)

    xoxo, Hannah

  4. I went to San Diego when I was in 9th grade with my parents, but I'm sure that it's changed a lot since then! Looks like y'all had a blast :-)

    xoxo A

  5. Really want to go to San Diego! Looks like theres so much to do, so funnnnn

  6. San Diego looks gorgeous! I've never been but it looks like so much fun!


  7. I love San Diego. I am visiting new week and I can't wait! I didn't know they had a little Italy. I'm going to have to go check it out! I hope you have a wonderful new year!

    with love, Danielle

  8. Looks like so much fun!! I have always wanted to go to San Diego!


  9. I loved going to San Diego for a conference a few years ago but I didn't get to go to too many places. I'd love to visit again and go to the places you mentioned :)

  10. Oooh I love the map you added at the beginning of this post! Thanks for sharing all of these spots, California is definitely on our bucket list!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  11. This post is awesome for the next time I go to cali! I'm dying to visit San Diego some day!

  12. I am hoping to go to San Diego this year so saving this for later! It looks like so much fun!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  13. I love this! I'm planning a SoCal trip and San Diego is most definitely on that list!

  14. Looks like you had a wonderful trip, I wanna go to San Diego so bad!!

  15. I used to live in San Diego....loved it! I went to the zoo at least 4 times a year. Balboa Park is amazing! When I lived there, little Italy was not the destination it is now...it was a place to avoid. So glad it's changed! My favorite was Old Town. And hiking in the canyons.