San Diego, take a bow

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San Diego makes for a great long weekend escape – somewhere warm with plenty to do, great food and a huge range of cheap hotel rooms for every budget. Get to San Diego with cheaprooms.com and get into a cheap hotel in San Diego that will leave plenty of cash left over to enjoy yourself with!

August sees Seniors Day (the 21st to be exact), so we say take your parents to San Diego. a discount hotel from Cheap Rooms you really can afford to shout mom and dad a great trip to a lovely part of California.

Something that all ages get is the USS Midway in San Diego. This world-class attraction of a full-blown aircraft carrier is an interactive, hands-on museum honoring the folks who served. She was the longest serving carrier in the 20th century and you’ll see 50 years of naval history up close as you explore all areas of the ship. Climb aboard and see the sleeping quarters, the flight deck, the galley, engine room, pilot’s ready room and officer country. It’s pretty cool and well worth the queues.

To get the most out of your Midway visit, plan on at least three hours so you can see all the best exhibits on the Midway. We suggest starting out early in the morning as close to the opening time of 9am as you can get and make your way to the Captain’s Bridge first. This becomes crowded as the day goes on and they stop people coming through at about 4pm. The tour is self-guided but there are plenty of ex-serviceman on board to answer your questions. As an added bonus there are now more than 15 restored fighter jets on display.

Naval Base San Diego is close to Balboa Park and is homeport to nearly a third of the Navy’s fleet in the Pacific theater. The vast base covers some 97 acres of land and the San Diego navy base, while off limits to casual visitors, has several vantage points close by where you can see the enormous fleet of some 51 ships at anchor. The impact of the navy in San Diego isn’t hard to see. Sailors and their families are everywhere – usually out and about enjoying Balboa Park.

The beauty of San Diego’s Balboa Park is in the sheer choice of things to do. There are museums, open spaces for the kids, the San Diego Zoo, the miniature railroad, and the Visitors Center in the House of Hospitality. There are gardens and play areas, restaurants and hiking trails and plenty of activities on a month-by-month basis, such as movie nights, street theater and more. The museums are plentiful – from the San Diego Air & Space Museum to the Automotive Museum, the Museum of Man and the Veteran’s Museum & Memorial Center (perfect if you’re bringing dad to San Diego and he’s a vet).

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