When you live in San Diego for a long time, you tend to take the virtues of this city for granted. You may not notice the gorgeous sunsets as frequently as you used to, you may forget that the ocean is in your backyard, and you tend to stop frequenting the sightseeing spots that you once found so fascinating and charming. When we set out to create a list of the top sightseeing in San Diego California, we were able to revisit some places we hadn’t seen in a while, and were surprised to discover some new hot spots that have popped up in the meantime! Sightseeing in San Diego California has it all!

Old Town San Diego

Today, San Diego is a modern and cosmopolitan city, but our history is a big part of what makes it so special, and Old Town is where it all began. Considered the spot where California was born, Old Town offers a fascinating glimpse into the past, with architectural wonders, museums, and churches that have stood the test of time.

USS Midway Museum, 910 North Harbor Drive

Military buffs the world over flock to the decks of this museum, which was once the longest serving aircraft carrier in commission. Today, it is home to 29 airplanes and helicopters, all having served time in the military and many having been in use during wartime. A tour of the living quarters on the Midway also offers a unique perspective in military life on the ocean.

SeaWorld San Diego, 500 SeaWorld Drive

Everyone knows about SeaWorld, but does everyone know about its changes? The breeding of whales in captivity has been stopped, and the shows have changed from Shamu performing like a trained animal to offering a glimpse into their natural habitat; SeaWorld cares and conserves.

San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado

We’re an artistic town, and nowhere is that fact more evident than when you visit the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. Featuring the best of artisans from all over the world, free lectures, film screenings, and even a summer celebration held on September 21 with music, art, and cocktails—Culture & Cocktails: South Pacific—it doesn’t get any better than this!

Belmont Park, 3146 Mission Boulevard

The house the mouse built isn’t the only game in the area. Belmont Park is a boardwalk style amusement park that has been open since 1925. The carnival games and carnival food will transport you back to your youth, and the opportunity to ride a roller coaster that has been a part of the park since opening day are just a few things that makes this place so special.

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