I know it’s officially the holiday season and Thanksgiving is old news, but you know I have to share my pics from San Diego! Since we weren’t able to visit family this year, we decided to travel somewhere new instead. We crammed a lot into a couple days, so I’m splitting our trip into two posts. Let the photo deluge commence!
Here’s a handy dandy bullet point list of the city sights contained in Part 2:
- Old Town
- Ghost Tour
- Gaslamp Quarter
Let’s get started!
After our trek through the Zoo, we were exhausted! We took a break at the hotel before heading back out. The Santa Fe depot was just a couple blocks from the hotel, and Old Town is a convenient stop, so we headed that way. The shops are a little touristy, but the prices are great and the atmosphere is really fun. We shopped for a bit, peeked into some of the museums, and enjoyed the live music.
We saw a sign for nightly Ghost Tours, so we decided to come back for dinner.
We ate at one of the Mexican restaurants, which was a fun experience with live music and margaritas.
After dinner we were only a few steps away from the Ghost Tour start. The Ghost Tour, led by Michael Brown, takes you to some of the “haunted” buildings around Old Town (see his website here if you’re interested). The tour guide is an honest-to-goodness ghost hunter with all the equipment… and he even debunked some of the tactics on those popular ghost hunting shows. He shared his findings and gave us plenty of time to explore and take pictures. The tour ended with photo and 3D video evidence, which was pretty interesting.
Definitely worth checking out, if you’re interested in that kind of thing!
On Saturday we decided to spend our last full day at a more leisurely pace. We took our time getting up and eating breakfast, then headed toward the ferry for Coronado. I didn’t know much about Coronado other than the famous hotel where Marilyn Monroe filmed Some Like it Hot. We strolled through some of the shopping by the ferry landing, and had some ice cream for lunch (we’re on vacation, after all!).
We were under the impression we could walk to the famous hotel, but after learning it was 4 miles away we decided to figure out the buses. The hotel is beautiful! More impressive than I was expecting, right on the beach. We didn’t spend much time on the beach since we didn’t want to get sandy, but the views were great. There was even an ice skating rink. We walked through the lobby (and gift shop of course) before heading back.
We accidentally got on the wrong bus, but then we found out it went to downtown San Diego anyway, so it all worked out. I have to say that using public transportation in San Francisco has made me much more confidant in other cities too… even if it’s not always clear, I know we’ll figure it out eventually!
We spent our last afternoon wandering through the Gaslamp Quarter. There are literally hundreds of restaurants, and lots of great people watching. We browsed through a few shops, stopped for drinks, and then ate at an Italian restaurant for dinner. I didn’t take very many pictures, except for my wine and raspberry mojito! It was a great way to spend our last night in San Diego.
On Sunday morning our trip came to an end. We stopped by Starbucks for one last view of the Santa Fe Depot before riding the shuttle to the airport.
It was a great trip and so much fun to explore a new city!