Exploring San Diego — beaches, sunshine and hotel specials
What comes to mind when you think of San Diego? Beaches. Sunshine. The world-famous zoo. Sea World. The list goes on and on. San Diego (also known as “America’s Finest City”) offers visitors all of the above and so much more. It’s no wonder that this Southern California destination has been a top vacation hot spot for generations. With nearly perfect weather all year round and plenty of lodging options — from the coastal cities to stunning desert panoramas — it’s easy to see why people keep coming back to San Diego.
Senior citizens planning a vacation to San Diego can visit the AARP® Travel Center Powered by Expedia® to find cheap San Diego flights, hotels, tours, and car rentals. You’ll receive everyday low hotel rates or your AARP hotel discount, whichever saves you more.
Staying in San Diego — hotels in Mission Bay, La Jolla, Coronado
When it comes to finding a hotel in San Diego, this West Coast tourist hot spot offers a wide range of hotel options, including golf resorts, beachfront hotels, and cheap hotels close to all of the city’s most popular attractions. Beach-lovers can book a hotel in Mission Bay, Ocean Beach, or Pacific Beach, while the nearby town of La Jolla also features a number of hotel options in a beautiful seaside setting. For an especially spectacular stay, escape to Coronado Island, which presents visitors with a small resort-town feel with access to one of the most pristine beaches in Southern California.
Other cheap San Diego hotel options — Old Town, Mission Valley, Gaslamp
Old Town and Mission Valley offer a variety of cheap hotel options just a short drive from the beach and major theme parks like Sea World or LEGOLAND California. For travelers in search of a more urban feel, make reservations at a hotel in the Gaslamp District, a hip new neighborhood in the heart of downtown San Diego that’s filled with dining and entertainment options every night. However, no matter where you choose to stay, book your hotel at the AARP® Travel Center Powered by Expedia® for the hottest deals and exclusive specials. Find plenty of additional hotels in San Diego for AARP members by searching through the many options on Expedia® to find your perfect deal.
Visiting the world-famous San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park
This Southern California city provides a never-ending list of things to do and see for visitors looking to pack their San Diego vacations full of fun. At the top of the list is a visit to the world-famous San Diego Zoo, located in the city’s landmark Balboa Park. This massive property is home to some 4,000 creatures, including Chinese pandas, Mongolian horses, rare tortoises from the Galapagos Islands, and lowland gorillas from Africa. Plus, if you rented a car through the AARP Travel Center, you can rest assured that there is plenty of parking to make your visit that much easier.
And after your world-class zoo experience, be sure to walk through the rest of Balboa Park. Choose between the masterpieces of the San Diego Museum of Art, or enjoy the ancient artifacts in the Museum of Man. Pick up some jewelry from local craftsmen in the Artists’ Village, or you can simply picnic on the lawn in front of the Botanical Garden. Take in an impromptu concert at the Spreckels open-air organ pavilion. From the Reuben H. Fleet Science Museum to the Museum of Photographic Arts, there is always something new to discover at this culture-filled park.
Other must-see San Diego theme parks — Sea World and LEGOLAND
While the zoo is the top attraction in San Diego, it’s not the only place in the city to visit wild creatures. Located in Mission Bay, Sea World San Diego features exhibits, rides, and entertaining shows, many of them centered around the wonder of the ocean. During the summer months, guests will also enjoy a nightly fireworks display. North of San Diego in Carlsbad, guest of all ages will enjoy LEGOLAND California, which features a city built entirely of LEGO blocks, plus kid-themed rides, special events, and an aquarium. Sea World San Diego and LEGOLAND offer the perfect activities for senior citizens visiting with their grandchildren, as they provide fun for the whole family. Book through the AARP® Travel Center Powered by Expedia® to find the best San Diego hotel deals for seniors near these family-friendly attractions.
Things to do in San Diego — Torrey Pines, Padres, Chargers and more
When you’re done with San Diego’s top theme parks, then it’s time to explore the rest of San Diego. Stroll along the city’s many beaches from Mission Beach to La Jolla, or dive in to try your hand at bodysurfing or snorkeling. Root for the Padres baseball team at Petco Park (located in downtown San Diego) or don some powder blue and gold at a San Diego Chargers football game. Discover the nature and stunning beauty of Torrey Pines State Reserve, and enjoy a Mexican dinner at one of the many restaurants in Old Town. And for an extended adventure, book a cruise from San Diego to further explore the beautiful coastline. Once you have your San Diego to-do list complete, make reservations for these activities and tours at the AARP® Travel Center Powered by Expedia® to land the best deals and discounts.
San Diego vacation packages — book together and save
Save even more on your San Diego vacation when you bundle your San Diego car rentals, hotels, activities, and airfare all into one package. By booking all of your travel through the AARP Travel Center, you’ll secure the best travel deals on your Southern California sojourn.