Beyond the grounds of a certain famous zoo and keeping an eye out for Ron Burgundy, there's a great deal to do on a long and leisurely weekend in San Diego.
The best place to start your weekend is by taking a long stroll amidst the many features of the San Diego Waterfront Park. After grabbing a coffee, you can watch the daily dance of boats in the harbor, runners, yoga enthusiasts, and teacup Yorkie-walkers.
A long walk south on the Waterfront Park will lead you straight to Puesto at the Headquarters, which is a perfect place to stop for a margarita or three (try the jalapeño). Sitting outside under their bright orange canvas umbrellas is a nice place for a pause and why not stay around for grilled swordfish tacos. This entire complex used to house the San Diego police department, so check out the historic jail cells (don't worry, they've been gussied up), complete with photographs, handcuffs, and other tools of incarceration.
After such a respite, keep on walking over to the main outpost of the San Diego Public Library. Walk on through the expansive two-story lobby and head on up to the top for 180-degree views of San Diego Bay, downtown, and other landmarks. It's a great way to get the lay of the land for the rest of your trip.
Read on for nine ways to fill your weekend getaway to America's Finest City, from a spirited tour of the city's past to whale-watching out on the water.