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25 Best U.S. Vacation Cities On the Cheap

Kayla Baxter, Alice Handley and Jill Hare

June 02, 2009

#16: San Diego, California



People love San Diego so much that they changed the city’s slogan to “Happy Happens.” The weather is phenomenal, the beaches are beautiful and there are tons of attractions for everyone. The biggest one is Balboa Park, where the San Diego Zoo is located, as well as the Old Globe Theatre. Downtown, the Gaslamp District has a great nightlife scene with yummy restaurants and cool bars. Seaport Village is also downtown and is fun for kids. There is an area called Old Town (pictured), which boast old Spanish-style restaurants, shops and museums.

Cover the three-mile stretch from Mission and Pacific Beaches on the Mission Beach Boardwalk, or grab your picnic basket and head to Torrey Pines State Park where you can watch hang-gliders do cool tricks. Got kids? La Jolla has a children’s beach where you can watch seals. By night, head back to Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. The San Diego Astronomy Association sets up a huge telescope to offer guests a great view of all the stars the first Wednesday of every month. Check out the breathtaking, 360-degree views of San Diego by driving to the top of Mt. Soledad.

Don’t Miss: If you’re already in Old Town, stop by the Old Town Root Beer Company. They have 100 different kinds of root beer, from birch beer to sarsaparilla made with cane sugar.

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