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How To Plan a Solo Trip To San Diego?

Asmita Karanje

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San Diego, the Finest city of America, enchanted with perfect weather, influenced with Mexican cuisine, and sparkling with great craft breweries has everything for everyone, especially for a solo traveler.

Getting here is simple with all interconnected domestic airlines in San Diego. Driving won’t be your choice here, so rely on an Uber to get around, which is the fastest and easiest way for a single person to travel in San Diego or use public transportation if you are traveling with a tight budget.

And when you are here, you will never run out of fun things to do, delicious things to eat, and amazing places to visit. So, this complete guide will help plan your Solo trip to San Diego successfully.

Things to do when you are in San Diego

1. Balboa Park.

A great weekend spot and is perfect for your morning/evening stroll. Walking around in Balboa Park will make you want to explore all the museums in the area. There are 16 museums surrounding this park, that's right - sixteen! It has some of the best venues for performing arts and other creative attractions. It also has lush green trails and a garden where you can plan a nice picnic.

2. Hillcrest.

If you are an adventure enthusiast, try mountain biking in the Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park and horse riding at Giba Gorge Horse Trails. And all the bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops are found within walking distance from the Hillcrest area. So, you can buy some souvenirs to take back home by wandering in the small shops and party till dawn in the evening!

3. North Park.

North Park is Hillcrest's neighbor. When you are here, you will have the question; “Where does the Hillcrest end and where does the North Park begin?”. Also, a walk along the University Ave is a must-do as there lots of cafes, bars selling crafts, beers, and drinks, and indie stories. Don’t forget to try out the mouthwatering vegan tacos in the restaurants of North Park!

4. Old Town.

A history lover would go here to embrace the old days of San Diego. It is full of old buildings, interesting cemeteries, Mexican restaurants, and recreations. Some highlights are Haunted Whaley House on San Diego Avenue, Old Town Market, and Old Town State Historic Park.

5. Little Italy.

It is exactly as it sounds, a place with an Italian vibe! So, if you want to eat Italian, especially for your dinner, this is your go-to place. If you feel like paying God a visit while traveling, definitely visit the 'Our Lady of the Rosary' Church and Piazza Basilone when you are here.

6. Pacific Beach.

It’s a college beach hangout area in San Diego. You can walk, play and enjoy to the brim. Check in the World Famous to have a tasty happy hour!

7. Coronado Island.

Getting here wouldn’t be easy but visiting here worth a lot. This island is connected to the city by a bridge. The island is full of amazing instagrammable places and you can do some water sports including kayaking, paddleboarding, etc. in here!

8. Spruce Street Suspension Bridge

Take a walk across the century-old Spruce Street Suspension Bridge - the bridge is approximately 114 mts long and was constructed in 1912. It is a bit rocky when you are on the bridge but it's pretty strong - it can easily support more than 2000 people at one time.

Things to drink and eat.

San Diego’s is full of breweries, such as Ballast Point, Ale smith, Oggi’s and Stone, and Karl Strauss. You can see the production process and also taste some samples! Then there is absolutely one thing that everyone in San Diego must try, it's the California burrito, a bundle of French fries, salsa, and cheese wrapped by a flour tortilla. Adding sour cream and guacamole can rise the taste more. It's found not in sit-down restaurants but small eateries along the streets.

Where to stay?

You'll be comfortable staying anywhere in the city because downtown is within 15 minutes of all the good accommodation options. There are many recommended areas such as Coronado, Gaslamp, Mission bay, Old town among others.

My favorite type of accommodation is either an Airbnb or a hostel - it's damn economical for a budget solo-travel especially if you to stay for a longer duration. And the best way to explore is to rent a car so you can live even farther away from the hustle-bustle of the city and travel comfortably in your own car.

Another way to explore this beautiful place is through a GPS-enabled guided electric scooter - the 1-hour tour covers all the major highlights of the city such as the maritime museum, USS Midway, Little Italy, Seaport Village, Gaslamp quarters, Bankers Hill, etc.

San Diego is a beautiful place to be all year round and is safe for solo travelers. There are many things for you to do and see when you are here. So, you will surely have an unforgettable trip with all those adventurous activities, rich historical sites, delicious cuisines, and entertainment options.

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