Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” San Diego? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in San Diego?”
We’ve all heard it before, from TV therapists and pop psychology, a refrain for the perpetually anxious: “Find your happy place.” Ask 100 people, “Family Feud”-style, to describe their happy place, and among the variety of answers you’ll often hear beaches, sunshine, hot guys/gals, good food and nature. That’s San Diego. So the city’s tourism motto, “Happiness is calling,” is no surprise. If you’re reading this we can only assume you’re thinking about visiting San Diego, which means we’re collectively thinking about being super jealous when you go. (See “beaches, sunshine, hot guys/gals, good food and nature” a few sentences back for explanation.)
Like all of our Fifty Grande Best of the U.S. Bucket Lists, this guide to the city will take you through the very best, most unique and quintessential experiences offered right now.