San Diego

San Diego Travel Guide

If San Diego County had a craft beer church, it would be this San Marcos brewery where Tomme Arthur produces beer for both Port and The Lost Abbey. Port grew from a brewpub chainlet and now features beers like Wipeout IPA and Shark Attack red ale, both served from flip-flop tap handles.

The expansive “habitats” include a tropical rainforest filled with gorillas, a recreated Arctic tundra with polar bears and reindeer, and a Giant Panda Research Station.

Besides trails, dog parks, and play areas, the historic Balboa Park is home to such attractions as the world-famous San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Museum of Art. The massive park covers 1,200 acres and has around 100 attractions ranging from museums to performing arts halls.

Clubby blue-lit bar scene. A honeycombed wall made of PVC piping serves as a striking backdrop (and clever bottle storage) for this restaurant's blue-lit bar.

Altitude Sky Lounge is an open-air bar on the rooftop of the 22-story San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter. Views of the city's skyline are the main attraction at this bar, where specialty cocktails such as chocolate martinis are served and a DJ plays hip-hop and house music.

For the aromatherapy massage (from $135) therapists blend a range of essential oils to relieve your emotional tensions and give you a three-ounce bottle to take with you.

The hotel takes full advantage of its location on kid-friendly Mission Bay.

Housed inside the Tower23 Hotel, JRDN Lounge and Raw Bar is a colorful restaurant and bar with indoor and outdoor space that serves cocktails, wines, small plates, and seafood. The bar has views of the ocean, and the handful of white stools there are always occupied.

Located in downtown San Diego right on the water in the city’s scenic bay, the USS Midway is the first aircraft carrier to be built after World War II and is now a museum dedicated to this massive ship and other military aircraft.

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Twice a week at the Sè’s Kama Sìrèn bar, a rotating cast of Cirque du Soleil–type performers—aerial acrobats and mermaid contortionists—turns the open- air space into an interactive stage. Specialty What bartenders call molecular mixology: vodka-infused fruits and vegetables.

San Diego's art-minded museum has studio space where kids can decorate a 1973 VW Bug.

One of San Diego’s breakout breweries sprouted from a home brew supply shop called Home Brew Mart, and now occupies a Scripps Ranch warehouse due east of the original location.