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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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The 5 things you must do in San Diego

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The west coast is a haven for sun seekers and as the weather cools, there’s no better place to catch a few rays, soak up some shopping and see a few sights. San Diego is the 8th largest city in the US and it shows – from the wonderful activities, restaurants and hotels available to world-class places like the San Diego Zoo , SeaWorld and locations like San Diego Beach.

San Diego California is warm and welcoming. The restaurants cover every budget and there is plenty to see and do. Getting there is easy and staying is even simpler. There are plenty of cheap hotel rooms in San Diego at Cheap Rooms. You’ll find all the hotels in San Diego that count and at great prices, so cheap rooms in San Diego are easy to find.

If you’re here for some beaching, Mission Beach is your must see and a real San Diego beach! It’s close to the city proper and you can enjoy the waves, chill on the sand with a coffee or go strolling along the boardwalk. There are paces to eat and plenty of opportunities for a bit of people watching.

Sometime history is a worthy thing to do… but a little dull. Not so at Old Town San Diego . It’s near downtown and recreates ‘old’ San Diego and recreates the Mexican and early American period of the mid-1800s. The walk-through is free as are many of the exhibits and sites. Come down in the early evening and finish your stroll at one of the many restaurants.

Speaking of restaurants, San Diego is known for its seafood, and what better way to celebrate all the fresh, sea air than a visit to a pretty good seafood restaurant? The one to visit is The Oceanaire in J Street, close to the waterfront. You have to try the oysters, they’re freshly shucked and the tip is to have them raw, no sauce, no cooked toppings.

The San Diego Zoo is a world-class facility. Informative as well as spectacular, it’s a must see on your San Diego trip. The facility caters for tourists and for the animals – with ground-breaking research and breeding and care programs undertaken by the staff. This is a big, rambling place so pack your comfortable shoes and take plenty of snacks and water. The tigers, elephants and polar bear exhibits are worth catching and don’t forget to learn a little about the rare animal breeding programs.

If you have limited time in San Diego, your must see is the USS Midway museum. Set on a real-life aircraft carrier, this naval history museum is something else. The size alone is impressive but the interactive displays , the artefacts and the informative tours are excellent. There are real jet fighters, real ‘as it was’ tours below decks and informative guides – many of whom are ex-servicemen.

 

San Diego – just the thing for a winter visit

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It might be cold where you are. But not in sunny San Diego. This is southern California at its finest. The beaches are cool and SeaWorld is deservedly the major attraction.

SeaWorld is still the biggest and the best. There are rides and interactive displays plus, of course, the shows. These are the memories you and the kids will have forever. The famous whales and dolphins are still as good as ever.

Still, it’s not the only show in town! If you’re interested in all things military, then San Diego has something for you. The USS Midway Museum is a full-size real naval aircraft carrier that served for 47 years. To say it’s impressive understates the case considerably. Real jets line the flat top, you can explore the intimate spaces of the ship with an audio guide or a guided tour option. There’s even a takeoff simulator for the brave at heart.

Elsewhere in San Diego is the San Diego Zoo. One of the world’s great zoos, this place is a treasure trove of knowledge, rare animals, common animals and exhibits. You’ll need a full day to see everything this place contains. It’s run on a non-profit basis, so you won’t break the bank coming here.

If you’re sick of the hotel pool, head for the beach. The San Diego coast boasts Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach and Mission Beach. The pick of them is probably Mission. It’s close to SeaWorld, has a board walk and offers good, safe swimming.

Of course no vacation is complete without shopping so head to Seaport Village for a bit of window browsing, people watching and hours of free entertainment from the performers. If you like to look at old-time architecture, stroll through the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego. There are boutiques, art galleries and a lovely route through renovated Victorian streets.

If you have the kids with you, head out to Balboa Park and the Science Center. Big telescopes, friendly staff and interesting exhibits tell you all about the night sky. The stargazing takes place on the first Wednesday of every month.

 
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