My weekend break itinerary for San Diego

If you’re running out of days off at work and a weekend is all the time you can spend in San Diego, having plans is a must! Whether it’s a long weekend with a holiday, a little time away from the kids, a trip with the whole family or a spontaneous getaway, make sure your itinerary maximizes those precious days. Luckily, it’s easy to fit several popular San Diego attractions into one day, with the right planning. So, here are some ideas for a fun weekend in “America’s Finest City!”

Day 1:

san diego weekend itineraryThe famous San Diego Zoo is one of the most popular attractions and rightfully so. Home to over 4,000 animals, the zoo is fun for all ages. Take a tour or walk the exhibits, but go early because there is so much more to see in this beautiful city. While on the way out, grab lunch from one of the many restaurants in Balboa Park and stick around for a bit.

There are tons of fun things to do in the park from museum hopping to shopping to taking in the beautiful gardens all around. Afterwards, head to the Gaslamp District for a night of exploring San Diego’s historic downtown neighbourhood   The Gaslamp is a hotspot for locals and visitors because it’s full of the city’s best restaurants, bars, hotels and nightlife venues. So, make a night of it and try out a few local bars.

hippos at san diego zoo

Day 2:

San Diego itineraryAfter breakfast on day two, jump on a ferry to Coronado Island from Downtown San Diego. Rent bikes and cruise around the island checking out fun restaurants and shops all along the way. One of the best parts of a day on Coronado is viewing the stunning San Diego skyline from across the bay, so make sure to bring your camera! Of course, a trip to Coronado isn’t complete without a trip to the infamous Hotel Del. The beautiful Hotel Del Coronado is a historical landmark and a must see while in San Diego. Stroll through the beachfront luxury hotel as many celebrities have and stop for lunch at 1500 Ocean Restaurant.

Once you’re back on the mainland, head up north to La Jolla. It has much more to offer than just the beach, from shopping to stylish lounges and restaurants. Stroll the sandy shores of La Jolla Cove and if you’re feeling adventurous, climb into the caves of La Jolla. Cap off the day with a romantic evening enjoying the sunset from one of La Jolla’s restaurants overlooking the beach.

1500 Ocean Restaurant san diego

Day 3:

san diego vacation itinerarythe iconic Belmont ParkSpend a day at one of San Diego’s most awesome beaches. Mission Beach is home to many attractions for a full day of fun activities. Layout in the sun, bike along the boardwalk or jump in the water for a surf. Walk just a few feet to Mission Bay for a little sailing or stand up paddle-boarding  Have even more fun at located on the boardwalk of Mission Beach.

This amusement park features tons of rides and vendors as well as a cool wooden roller-coaster. For some natural beauty, head to Sunset Cliffs in nearby Ocean Beach where you can sit atop the cliffs and watch the waves roll in for a gorgeous San Diego sunset.

mission beach san diego

In San Diego, it’s easy to work around time limits and still have a great vacation. After arriving, settle into your hotel, grab something to eat and get a good rest to gear up for a few days in this awesome city. has tons of fun and unique ideas for trips to San Diego, featuring the best hotels, restaurants and attractions in San Diego. So, go to and mix and match to fit all your plans!