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San Diego, CA

Updated: Sep 15, 2023

Our itinerary 

Day 1: 

Friday morning we left around 6:30 am to drive from our neck of the woods to sunny San Diego, which is about a 2 hour drive. We drove straight to Daniel’s Coffee which is located in the Spanish Village Art Center. We grabbed a quick cup of joe to go with a bagel and muffin before driving to the San Diego Zoo. Obviously with Covid still going on protocols are a little different than usual but still super easy and safe. The zoo opened at 9am but everyone recommended we get there a little earlier than that to hop in line because it can get pretty long. They only allow a certain number of people into the zoo at a time so once it’s full guests have to wait outside the park for quite some time before being allowed in. After waiting in line for about 30 minutes or so they did a quick temp and bag check then we were off. They do allow for food and water to be brought in so we always do that to help save a couple bucks! Alec and I are both big zoo people and love to go to different ones all over the US so when we say this one is incredibile, you can trust us! For this zoo you definitely want to be in your most comfortable walking shoes, because it is huge so you will for sure get your steps in for the day. If you can, we highly recommend being near the Skyfari Aerial Tram around 10:45 (that’s when the line started to form but it doesn’t open until 11am) to ride it across the zoo. Such a neat view of the city of San Diego plus all the attractions below. Once we got to the other half of the zoo we realized how hungry we were so we stopped at Albert’s restaurant located inside the zoo near the big green tower. After spending 5+ hours seeing all the beautiful animals and neat attractions we were exhausted so we headed to our hotel to check in, relax, and freshen up before our next reservations.

The first place on our stop for the night was for happy hour at C Level Lounge. Between the food/drinks and gorgeous view we were in love with this city! We both got well drinks which were wonderfully priced plus the chicken potstickers that were incredible. After happy hour we hopped in an Uber and headed to Little Italy for our dinner reservation. When we were planning our trip and making reservations we had such a hard time picking which restaurant to go to because they all sounded amazing, but per a friend's recommendation we decided on Monello. We both ordered our drinks of choice, Aperol Spritz for me and an Old Fashioned for Alec, and decided to split a-create-your-own pasta. After dinner we were stuffed so we decided to walk it off on our way back to our hotel, which was only about 15 minutes away. Once there we popped up to the rooftop bar, Topside Terrace Kitchen + Bar, for a quick nightcap before heading to bed in anticipation for another great day tomorrow!

Day 2:

Saturday morning we hit the ground running pretty early again just because there was so much we wanted to see and do in San Diego. We drove to the nearest Starbucks (not my first choice but the other place we wanted to go had shut down due to Covid), grabbed our coffees and breakfast sandwiches then headed to the USS Midway Museum. The museum opened at 10am and was not crowded at all. We did buy tickets for the museum and zoo ahead of time using the Go San Diego Pass for discounts. Once we walked in they took a quick picture in front of a green screen, handed us our headsets and off we went. There were tons of amazing workers there helping answer questions and guiding us along the way. After we finished walking around the main floor we got to walk through the ship and see how everything used to work. We assume that normally you can see and do more but due to covid there were obviously restrictions. Once we finished the tour of the inside of the boat we headed up to the flight deck where they had tons of planes each with information on who flew them and what they did.

After spending 3+ hours at the museum we headed to the Kissing Statue right next to the boat for a quick picture and then back to the hotel. We quickly changed and freshened up before driving over to Coronado Island which was about 15 minutes from our hotel. We parked for free in the back of the restaurant (which was very limited) and enjoyed a delicious brunch at The Henry. Alec ordered the grilled chicken pita while I had the chicken tortilla soup. We also shared the most refreshing marg ever- orange ave. skinny marg, highly recommend! After we finished up at brunch we decided to walk around the island and head to the water. We stumbled across the famous Hotel del Coronado and immediately decided next time we visit we have to stay there! They had a cute little hut right on the beach, so we grabbed some frozen drinks and enjoyed the view. After watching a gorgeous sunset, we walked over to Coronado Brewing to grab a quick bite to eat before heading back to our hotel area. We split some delicious Nachos Borrachos while Alec sampled some different local beers and I tried their seltzer which were all very good. Once we got back to the hotel we got ready for a night out on the town and walked to downtown San Diego. Not realizing how packed downtown would be due to Halloween & all the restrictions that would be in place due to covid (i.e. needing to get to bars super early and having reservations far in advance); we ended up just chilling at our hotel and binge watching The Office (for the 400th time).

Day 3:

Sunday morning was slow, per usual. We got up, drove to the Donut Bar right around the corner, and had some very extravagant yet tasty donuts. Once we got back to the hotel (we had late check out at 11am) we packed up & loaded the car to head to La Jolla. After about 30 minutes of driving around, we finally found a parking spot! We walked up and down the sidewalk path and then to this cute cove that overlooked the water. Then we decided to brave the smell and walk down to the water where all the seals were. So smelly but so cool to be able to get super close to them! There was even a seal specialist standing by to answer any questions and make sure no one got too close to them. After leaving the seals and breathing some fresh air, we walked up the hill to this adorable street filled with nick nack shops and tasty restaurants. We finally decided on Cove House & I’m glad we did! Once we were seated we realized we had the best seat in the house, a perfect view of the ocean plus a great spot for people watching. We started with some delicious mimosas and both ended up ordering the chicken fajita tacos that had the best poblano crema ever!

San Diego has been one of our favorite places we have visited so far & cannot wait to go back again one day!


Where to stay

Other places to stay

3 major cities to be sure and see:


Downtown San Diego

La Jolla


Where to eat





Just a heads up but in the state of california if you buy an alcoholic drink it is also required that you order some type of food item off the menu. Alec and I always order a side option to help save on money!


What to do

*be sure to check my san diego insta story for geotags for specific locations of where we went if needed!



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