April 11-13, 2021 ❘ Manchester Grand Hyatt ❘ San Diego, CA
Hotel & Travel
Things to do in San Diego
San Diego is known as “America’s Finest City.” Famous for its miles of white-sand beaches, gorgeous sunshine, and warm weather, the city offers fun attractions, historical architecture, and fabulous choices for foodies and wine lovers.
Here is the official link to San Diego Tourism’s website. You can also check out travel tips and information about attractions, dining, and things to do while visiting San Diego from the Lonely Planet and Condé Nast.
The major airport is San Diego International Airport (SAN), formerly called Lindbergh Field. All airlines depart and arrive at Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Free, color-coded shuttles loop the airport and match the parking lot they serve: Lot 1 (green) on Harbor Drive is for long-term parking, and Economy Lot (blue) on Pacific Highway is for short-term parking.
If you need travel assistance at the airport, airport ambassadors are stationed at the information centers in both terminals.
San Diego International Airport, 3225 N. Harbor Drive, off I–5, San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 400–2400; www.san.org
San Diego International Airport is three miles from downtown. Shuttle vans, buses, and taxis run from the Transportation Plaza, reached via the skybridges from Terminals 1 and 2. Metropolitan Transit System’s Flyer Route 992 feature red-and-white-striped buses that serve the terminals at 10- to 15-minute intervals between 5 am and 11 pm. These buses have luggage racks and make a loop from the airport to downtown along Broadway to 9th Avenue and back, stopping frequently within walking distance of many hotels; they also connect with the San Diego Trolley and Amtrak. Information about the Metropolitan Transit System’s shuttles and buses, the San Diego Trolley, and COASTER commuter train can all be found on the joint transit website www.transit.511sd.com.
If you plan to travel by train you will need to travel to Los Angeles or Santa Barbara first and change trains for the trip to San Diego.
Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner route offers 11 daily round-trip services between San Diego and Los Angeles and five between Santa Barbara and San Diego. For additional train travel options, reference the Southern California Passenger Rail Timetable, which combines the schedules of the Pacific Surfliner, other Amtrak trains, Metrolink, and COASTER commuter trains.
Keep reading for a geographical overview of how to get to San Diego if you plan to drive. More likely, though, you’ll just use Google Maps, Waze, and rely on your GPS!
- Interstate 5, originates at the Canadian border and ends at the Mexican border. I-15 enters California southwest of Las Vegas and extends to San Diego. I-5 comes down through Los Angeles then heads for the coast; nearing San Diego it bisects the University of California San Diego campus at La Jolla, skirts Mission Bay Park, and passes Old Town before entering the city center.
- I-15 comes inland through Las Vegas and San Bernardino County, continuing south through Escondido, Poway, and other northeastern suburbs, then bypasses downtown San Diego and terminates at I-5 just south of the city proper. SR 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) leaves I-15 at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, swings southwestward through Balboa Park, interchanges with I-5, and finally becomes 10th Avenue in the heart of San Diego.
From the South
- The main route is I-5, which begins at the Mexican border, passes along the east side of San Diego Bay, then heads for the downtown area.
- I-805 is the north-south bypass. It leaves I-5 north of La Jolla and rejoins I-5 near San Ysidro, just north of the Mexican border customs stations.
From Points East
I-8 enters California at the Colorado River just west of Yuma, AZ. The interstate roughly parallels the Mexican border to the town of Boulevard. From there it arcs northwestward across the San Diego Mountains, cresting at more than 4,000 feet before descending into the eastern suburbs. After crossing the major north-south freeways, I-8 comes to an end at Ocean Beach, a short distance northwest of downtown San Diego.