There’s more to San Diego than palm trees, sunshine, beaches and beautiful sunsets. You can discover San Diego by light rail, trolley or boat and discover all that “America’s Finest City” offers.ASHI’s 40th anniversary celebration kicks off at the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Sunday, January 24, at 12:30 pm. You’ll want to attend this special event, so plan to come in on Saturday, take in some sights and benefit from lower airfare with Saturday travel.
InspectionWorld’s planned events and education will continue through Wednesday. On Thursday, January 28, take in a guided tour of the Quake Shake Table at the University of California, San Diego, and then take in the town.
San Diego is one town where you definitely can have your seafood and eat your taco, too. You’ll get your money’s worth and have a great time seeing the sights. Here are five ways to get the most from your visit:
- Explore the Town and Country Resort — the place to re-energize The Town and Country Resort property is lovely and spacious. You’ll find opportunities for relaxation at the pool and comfortable locations to meet up with friends for food and fun. Be sure to visit the resort’s concierge desk in the hotel lobby to seek tourism advice and brochures. And there is a spa for anyone who’s in need of pampering. www.towncountry.com
- Travel on the light rail — quick, clean and simple The resort is located at the Fashion Valley Transit Center stop on San Diego’s light rail transportation Green Line. The light rail travels anywhere in and around the city to all tourist sites and interesting spots. It costs only $5 per day to travel the rails. Stops include Old Town, Little Italy, Gaslamp Quarter and Seaport Village. www.urbanrail.net/am/sdie/san-diego.html
- Ride the Old Town Trolley — get around the town Take a day tour to see the best of San Diego’s sights as well as visit Coronado Island. You can avoid costly parking and city driving. Hop on and off the trolley and explore on your own at any time. Frequent pickups at all 11 stops help you avoid walking long distances. Friendly conductors narrate the drive with a fascinating and fun mix of trivia and humorous stories. Stops are conveniently located close to all popular attractions, shops and restaurants. Visit the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Balboa Park, USS Midway Museum, Seaport Village and Coronado Island. Beach tours are available daily. Pickups and returns are at the hotel. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Town and Country Resort Hotel. www.trolleytours.com/san-diego
- Do some cruisin’ on the bay — a view from the bridge and back The best way for you to get an idea of how important the waterfront is to San Diego is to travel by boat on San Diego Bay. Cruise past huge Navy ships, along the downtown skyline and under the sweeping San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. Don’t miss spotting the Star of India tall ship and the USS Midway Museum. One-hour or two-hour cruises are offered. www.hornblower.com
- Check out San Diego’s eats and streets — fine dining in the Finest City The light rail trolley transportation provides the ability to quickly travel to several locations where you will find fine restaurants and shops to enjoy. You might like to try San Diego’s unofficial delicacy, the Fish Taco — deep-fried, battered fish, wrapped in a corn tortilla with cabbage and sauce.
- Little Italy: “Cool neighborhood” offers several wonderful restaurants from which to choose in a busy environment.
- Seaport Village: Great city and harbor views are plentiful. Stroll through the shop area and along the water’s edge. Dine at restaurants offering wide menus including seafood, fish, burgers and pizza.
- Gaslamp Quarter: Enjoy restored architecture as well as many fine restaurants and pubs.
- Old Town: Tour the historic buildings, visit many shops and enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine.