A beachfront idyll, San Diego is a city of natural beauty and vibrant culture. The birthplace of California, it has a rich history rooted in Spanish tradition, which influences much of its acclaimed contemporary art, cuisine, architecture, and culture.
An urban cultural park in the heart of San Diego, Balboa Park is home to some of the city’s most iconic institutions. Explore the 15 museums – including the Timken, with its collection of old masters – and wander through the Japanese Friendship Garden. Meet the animals at the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, listen to music at the open-air Spreckels Organ Pavilion, and catch a performance at the Old Globe Theater, a replica of Shakespeare’s theater in London.Learn More
Get in the water at La Jolla Cove, one of the area’s most picture-perfect beaches – and most popular spots for water sports. Kayak and swim through the warm waters, or snorkel or dive with the colorful marine life in famously clear waters. Venture further afield to the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve and explore its seven caves, some of which are rumored to have been hiding places for pirates in the 18th and 19th centuries.Learn More
The neighboring beach town of La Jolla just happens to be home to one of the United States’ top regional theaters, so be sure to check the schedule and book tickets to a show in advance. The Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse regularly produces early runs of plays that end up on Broadway.Learn More
Still a working Catholic church today, Mission San Diego was the first of the California missions founded by Father Junipero Serra of Spain. Although the mission was established in 1769, much of the current church was rebuilt in 1931 according to original specifications. Explore the lush grounds for a glimpse of California history and a picture of the architecture of early California.Learn More
Considered the birthplace of California (and, of course, San Diego), this picturesque neighborhood just north of downtown is filled with historic buildings like a one-room schoolhouse and the Little Adobe Chapel. Living history tours and events are held regularly, the Harney Street Market revives the vibrant atmosphere of the city’s early days, and the sounds of mariachi bands waft across 19th-century verandas.Learn More
One of California’s most beautiful and unspoilt stretches of natural coastline, the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere while still being within San Diego’s city limits. Trek along the hiking trails – don’t forget to bring a camera – and go in search of the reserve’s famously pristine beaches. For the more adventurous, the park also has an historic gliderport, for hang-gliding and paragliding.Learn More
Wander around the quaint, 1950s neighborhood of Ocean Beach and peruse the blocks of farmers’ stands overflowing with the fresh produce that is Southern California’s bounty.
This renowned Latino film festival features works by US-Latino and Latin American filmmakers that might otherwise not be distributed in San Diego, and attracts luminaries from across the region.
Billed as the largest tented flower show in the country, this flower extravaganza showcases some of the rarest and most exotic plants in the world.
One of San Diego’s most popular, European-style bicycling races, this ride is open to everyone from recreational riders to competitive cyclists, with medals and a festive atmosphere awaiting at the finish.
Celebrate the popular Mexican holiday in historic San Diego’s Old Town, where the traditional pueblo architecture is the backdrop for ballet folklorico performances, live mariachi music, and more.
Delve into the world of one of San Diego’s most popular pastimes at this renowned festival that blends art and surf culture.
In keeping with its origins as a replica of Shakespeare’s famous theater, the Old Globe, in Balboa Park, hosts an annual festival of several of the Bard’s works as part of its summer season.
Every summer, the historic Spreckels Organ in Balboa Park hosts this acclaimed organ festival that attracts renowned musicians from around the world and is free to the public.
Enjoy a warm San Diego summer evening, bay views, and the dulcet tones of the San Diego Symphony (and special guests) at this popular summer concert series.
Tall ships from across the seas make their way to the Port of San Diego for the largest annual tall ship festival on the West Coast, hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego.
Sip cocktails and beers at the Grant Grill Lounge, renowned for its local cask ale program, led by one of the nation's only triple-certified beverage experts (Sommelier, Cicerone, and awarded mixologist).Learn More
Explore the hotel's Cultural Exhibit, which shares the heritage of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, the local Native American community.Learn More
Soothe your skin and restore your body and soul with a custom, curated spa journey, either at the guests-only Spa Suite or in the comfort of your own room.Learn More