Mission Beach, San Diego Zoo and Belmont Park are just a few places that you can explore when you hop off the bus in San Diego. With its idyllic beachy weather, it is no surprise that the so-called “America’s Finest City” is one of the top vacation destinations on the West Coast. Described as the birthplace of California, San Diego was founded by Spanish and Mexican settlers before becoming a part of the United States, and their cultural influence can still be seen throughout the city today. San Diego County is made up of 18 neighborhoods, such as Little Italy, Downtown, Old Town, La Jolla, and North Park. With over 70 museums, theme parks, zoos and miles of sunny coastline, you will never run out of things to do in San Diego.
Downtown and Gaslamp Quarter
The Gaslamp Quarter is a 16-block historical neighborhood in Downtown San Diego. Considered as the top entertainment precinct of San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter is home to many nightclubs, theatres, art galleries, symphony halls, concert venues and museums. Learn more about the historic neighborhood by joining a tour of the area and explore the restored Victorian era buildings or, if history is not your thing, join one of the many food and beer tours available!
Sports fans need to check out the amazing Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres baseball team. Only one block away from downtown San Diego, the stadium offers stunning views of San Diego Bay and the skyline, which you can enjoy while taking in a game! Explore the major sites of the park, including the dugout, by joining a Petco Park tour.
A must-see destination in San Diego, Balboa Park is home to 1200 acres of lush gardens, forests and amazing architecture. The park also boasts 17 museums and cultural institutions, including the Air & Space Museum, Museum of Art, Museum of Man and the Natural History Museum. No matter what you’re interested in, there will be something for you to do in Balboa Park. With so many options, a great way to discover the secrets of the park is to join one of the many tours that are offered. FlixBus riders who book their ticket to Balboa Park will get free admission* to the San Diego Museum of Art. To redeem this offer, riders should present their FlixBus ticket to museum staff.
One of the highlights of Balboa Park is the world-renown San Diego Zoo. Over 3,700 animals from 660 species live in the zoo and can be viewed from pathways, aviaries and in bioclimatic zones. You can also take the guided bus tour through the zoo to make the most out of your stay. Visit the Australian Outback and get up close to the koalas or head to the Chinese bamboo forest and check out the giant pandas in their natural habitat!
*Free admission valid only for date of arrival
Mission Bay and Beaches
Take advantage of the Californian sun and visit Mission Bay for a perfect day at the beach. Mission Bay is surrounded by several beach communities, each with their own distinct vibe. With some amazing beaches, there are spots for everyone’s favorite water activity including surfing, sunbathing, snorkeling, diving and swimming. You can also decide to stay dry and rent a bike or picnic and barbeque right next to the water’s edge.
Check out Mission Beach and Pacific Beach for a day of fun! Along the 3-mile oceanfront boardwalk of Mission Beach, you'll find a variety of surf and souvenir shops, beach bars, cafes and nightclubs. Visit Mission Beach’s iconic Belmont Park amusement park for a ride on the Giant Dipper roller coaster or a few games of laser tag and mini golf. The best thing about the park is that it is free to the public and you only pay for the things you do! You can also visit Pacific Beach and check out the surfing hotspot. Take a surfing lesson in the Tourmaline Surfing park or make use of the two miles of beach that is perfect for swimmers, sunbathers and boogie boarders alike.
The San Diego Comic-Con started in 1970 and has grown to be the largest pop culture convention in the United States with an estimated 130,000 people visiting the event every year. The convention includes panels, seminars, and workshops with comic book professionals, as well as previews and trailers of upcoming feature films! Comic-Con has presented thousands of special guests at its conventions, including some of the world’s biggest movie stars. A weekend at Comic-Con is guaranteed to be jam-packed with entertainment of every kind. There's no better time to visit San Diego! And, with so many people heading to the city, there is no easier way to get to San Diego than by bus!
Only 20 minutes from downtown San Diego, La Jolla is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Experience the famous SoCal lifestyle and explore the beautiful coastline, beaches, shopping, art galleries and other attractions.
Take advantage of the idyllic weather by spending a day at La Jolla Shores, where the calm waves provide the perfect spot for swimming, kayaking and surfing. Explore the La Jolla Underwater Park, just off the shore of the beach past the reef brimming with marine wildlife. The 500-foot drop into the canyon gives scuba divers and snorkelers stunning views of whales during migration season – a sight that cannot be missed!
Head away from the beach to Torrey Pines State National Reserve and explore the 1,750 acres of pine forests and sandstone canyons. There are eight miles of trails within the park varying in duration and difficulty. The Razor Point Trails is a 1.4-mile trail offering amazing views of the ocean, while Guy Fleming Trails is only a 0.7-mile loop featuring lookouts to San Clemente, Santa Catalina Island and La Jolla.
During the occasionally rainy day, check out the Museum of Contemporary Art, head to the Village for some world-class shopping or visit Birch Aquarium and experience some of the best hands-on exhibits in California.