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Posted: 12/5/2005 4:24:54 PM EDT
I am going to be visiting San Diego for a conference in the near future. Other than the San Diego Zoo, the Birch Aquarium and the Aircraft Carrier Museum, are there any "must-sees" for an arfcom lurker?
Link Posted: 12/5/2005 4:42:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/5/2005 4:43:44 PM EDT by NeoWeird]
The border?

If you get a rental there are plenty of things to do in driving distance. Disneyland, Sea World, Hollywood, etc. You can get to anywhere in SoCal in about 3-4 hours, depending on traffic, so if you get a rental, anything SoCal is available.

I'm not in San Diego so I can't give too much advice for that general area, though I would recommend the San Diego Zoo. It's one of those things you can always appreciate going to.
Link Posted: 12/5/2005 4:43:31 PM EDT
Well, there is Sea World, if you like the amusement park stuff. Other than that, touristy stuff is at: Old Town, Sea Port Village and the beach areas. For dining and entertainment, the Gas Lamp district of downtown has a pretty good variety of night time activities.

Of course...... enjoy the weather.

Link Posted: 12/5/2005 4:47:15 PM EDT
Oh yeah, and Six Flags Magic Mountain is only 125 miles away from San Diego.
Link Posted: 12/5/2005 10:44:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/5/2005 10:44:38 PM EDT by PaDanby]
The model railroad museum in Balboa Park, the Aviation Museum in Balboa Park, hell just about all the museums in Balboa Park. Shakespeare play if available in the Old Globe Theatre.

Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma, check out the National Cemeterey on the way out or in, you may be able to see whales off the coast and you can watch flight ops at NAS North Islnd across the way.

The Wild Animal Park up in San Pascual, and walk on out to the Condor Overlook and walk down the long way from there to the African expedition camp. The San Pascual Battlefield State Park is just about a mile down the road.

Carnitas at Old Town Mexican Cafe.

If you can't find a lot of things to do in the San Diego area, you might be dead.

If you really really want to go to Tijuana, you can take the trolley down to the border and a txi to Ave. Revolucion. And be smart.

Command Museum at MCRD SANDIEGO
Link Posted: 12/6/2005 5:07:12 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/6/2005 5:36:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By PaDanby:


MCRD SANDIEGO



Semper Fi
Link Posted: 12/6/2005 6:21:51 PM EDT
I grew up in San Diego but recently moved to Texas.

Make shure to check out the Hillcrest area and visit "The Brass Rail". You definately need to check those out. Also "The Brass Rail" is located in the Hillcrest area. You will definately like those places.
Link Posted: 12/6/2005 7:20:42 PM EDT
If you go to the USS Midway museum theres a resturaunt near it called The Fish Market, its pretty good food.

Do not go to Hilcrest unless you are... well... into that sort of thing.
Link Posted: 12/6/2005 8:25:54 PM EDT
Thanks Guys! It looks like I will have a fun trip!
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 9:46:50 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Blue_Dragon: Hillcrest area


That's just wrong

If you go to Sea World, don't forget to attend the Beer School. Other than that, the above posts said it all. Also, if you like the country side you can go to Julian and eat some homemade apple pie or Mt. Laguna for a nice lodge.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 2:17:56 PM EDT
Take a tour of the Stone Brewery (Arrogant Bastart Ale guys) in San Marcos/Escondidio. About 30miles north of downtown SD.

Go on a half day ocean fishing cruise.
Link Posted: 12/8/2005 8:47:33 PM EDT
pacific beach bar hopping.
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 4:56:27 PM EDT
I'm back!

San Diego was really cool and I had a great time. I didn't get to do much outside the conference though.

I spent three hours going through the Midway and was one of the last people off before they started a private holiday party. As I was leaving, they were setting up lights and a disco ball for the party. The disco ball seemed out of place I also had time for a quick trip through the zoo. The zoo in San Diego is much better than the one here in DC.

The weather was much nicer there as well and people actually let me into traffic when I put on my turn signal -- it was like being in another country!

I may have to take my wife and daughter out there next year so we can do the Zoo and the aquarium.

I didn't make it out to The Brass Rail -- which is probably a good thing -- not my kind of bar.

Thanks for all the advice.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 7:00:53 PM EDT
They don't call it America's finest City without reason. Wasn't an easy decision to move up to the OC. maybe I'll win the lottery and move back.
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 4:44:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By PaDanby:
They don't call it America's finest City without reason. Wasn't an easy decision to move up to the OC. maybe I'll win the lottery and move back.



I believe that the AFC tag was recently removed from the city's Web site due to the recent downhill slide of city coffers and other political embarrasment, sad to say. I still think it's a great place if you've got to live in a city (prefer rural environs, myself).
Link Posted: 12/22/2005 7:18:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Paul:
+1 on the USS Midway aircraft museum.

Sea World is nice even for people without kids.



Plan on 1/2 day for the USS Midway. Lots of walking and stairs. to which my 15mo daughter had to climb each and every stair

I layed down in a bunk and almost didn't fit, and I'm only 6'1"

There's the old town district with good food and beer
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 4:22:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By kato4moto:

Originally Posted By PaDanby:
They don't call it America's finest City without reason. Wasn't an easy decision to move up to the OC. maybe I'll win the lottery and move back.



I believe that the AFC tag was recently removed from the city's Web site due to the recent downhill slide of city coffers and other political embarrasment, sad to say. I still think it's a great place if you've got to live in a city (prefer rural environs, myself).



Oh dont worry we are americas finest city again our new mayor took care of that
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 12:25:10 AM EDT
La Pinata in old town has the FINEST Mexican food anywhere.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 8:00:15 PM EDT
Casa de Bandini used to be pretty good for fancy stuff. Casa de Pico was to touristy. Casa de Pedroena used to be the best but it closed.

Old Town Mexican Cafe used to have the best carnitas in town. El Indio used to have a fantastic reputation, but that must be based on lunches, over the last 20 years, I have been more and more disappointed in dinners there.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 8:15:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 4xys2xxs:
La Pinata in old town has the FINEST Mexican food anywhere.



Naww, no one can beat the food that the 'Bertos make (Robertos, Humbertos, Juanbertos, Dosbertos...).
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 7:32:38 PM EDT
Balboa Park Airplane museum is one of the best in the world! Tijuana has some great strip joints with hot Tamales!
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