San Diego: A family town, a winter escape

Usually I write about ideas rather than places but while the images are fresh in my mind I want to share my impressions of San Diego. Grandson Dillon and I were there for three nights but we could have spent a week. Most everyone knows of the San Diego Zoo. It is huge with a great deal of diverse animal and plant life. I remember the first time I saw the zoo, forty years ago, I was so impressed. Now most zoos have copied the design model so it did not seem so different. It is still a great way to spend a day.

The zoo is a part of Balboa Park. In the early 1900s, there were only two exhibitions here. To this day, the buildings of Spanish architecture remain. They are now several other museums on a pedestrian way; photography, model trains, fine art, and botanical gardens just to remember a few. Then you can take the tram to the new section with museums of antique cars, air and space, sports and more. The museums are very hands on so an eight and three quarters year old boy had a grand time! Check out these links for more information:

Beyond Balboa Park are the USS Midway from World War II, Sea World, and Lego Land a few miles away. For adults, there are Old Town and the Gas Lights districts. We had no time to explore fine dining, however, I am sure it is there beyond the great Mexican food.

Last but beautifully not least, there are the white sandy beaches. One of the reasons we went to San Diego was to check out the beaches and resorts. Every fall I get a lot of requests for the warm Caribbean but there are no air seats available at a reasonable price, so I wanted to check out southern California. Though the Pacific water may not be warm, the air and pools are. And the beaches are stunning. Great for walking, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, seal watching or even scuba diving. San Diego is a great town for all families.

About alwaysharriet

With thirty years experience in corporate and leisure travel consulting, Harriet Ahouse has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. An avid scuba diver, she understands the requirements of travelers both on land and in the water. On the European scene she has offered traditional and personalized travel itineraries throughout the continent--Italy, France, and England are some of her favorites. As a Virtuoso Agent, she also has extensive resources to enhance her expertise in designing individual destination travel itineraries--and honeymoons--worldwide!
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