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San Diego: Most Popular Articles

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The Best Suburbs Where You Can Live in San...
San Diego is a place of suburbs and bedroom communities. Here are some of the best places to live in the county.
10 Indian Casinos Worth Visiting in the San...
San Diego County is probably the Indian Casino capital of California, if not the nation. Here are my top picks for casinos nearby when the gaming bug hits you.
The Best Places For You to Go Shopping in San...
The San Diego Guide's Top Picks for San Diego County Shopping Malls.
Save Money in San Diego by Shopping at These...
San Diego County has a number of outlet shopping centers that feature big name merchandise and discount prices.
San Diego Neighborhood Profile: Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach is San Diego's funky beach community that best exemplifies the characteristics of San Diego's urban neighborhoods.
The 10 Best Lakes for Fishing in San Diego
Here's a rundown and listing of the top freshwater lakes for fishing in San Diego County.
See Grunions Run!
Along southern California’s sandy beaches, from March through September, one of the most remarkable life cycles in the sea is completed; the California grunion comes ashore to spawn. Grunion hunting has become one of the famous sports of southern California.
The Top 10 Romantic Spots in San Diego
San Diego has plenty of spots to show a little romance, and it doesn't have to cost a lot to go. Find out where the top romantic spots are in San Diego.
Hidden San Diego: The Legend of the Munchkin...
One of San Diego's longest-standing urban legends is the story that a midget - or munchkin - colony of homes existed somewhere near La Jolla. It may be an urban legend, but it's a pretty good story anyway.
Things You Must Do When You Visit San Diego
If you're visiting San Diego for the first time, you'll realize there is so much to do. So, how do you
Discover San Diego's Best Places to Throw a...
Here's a guide to places in San Diego where you can have your kid's birthday party.
The Best Places to Visit For the Day In and...
Here is a list of fun and interesting places around San Diego to visit on a day trip.
12 Coolest Hidden Places to See in San Diego
San Diego has a lot of unique and interesting hidden places that might be unknown to the population at large, but they are well worth discovering. Discover some of the best of Hidden San Diego right here.
Free Things to Do Around and About San Diego
San Diego has lots of things to do for free, and some of it is right in front of our eyes
Best of San Diego: Point Loma
Point Loma is a neighborhood of San Diego with diverse geography and lifestyles. It is one of the most scenic areas in the city where outdoor activites abound.
Get Acquainted with San Diego's Best Shopping...
The class of San Diego malls, Fashion Valley has arguably the best of the upscale stores. Nordstrom, JC Penney, Macy's, Nieman Marcus and the new Bloomingdale's anchor this well appointed two-level outdoor mall.
San Diego Trolley Stations
Riding the bright red San Diego Trolley system is a great way to get around San Diego and see its diversity. Here are some of the trolley stops where you'll want to get off and explore the surrounding neighborhoods.
The Beach Neighborhoods of San Diego County
San Diego's coastal beach communities not only are scenic, but they are genuine neighborhoods with their own personalities.
12 Best Holiday Activities in San Diego
Here are the San Diego guide's suggestions for some of the top picks for things to do in San Diego during the Christmas holiday season.
A Gardener's Guide to the Best Nurseries in San...
Here are my picks for the best garden nurseries in San Diego County.
San Diego's Best Bars For Live Music
Where can you have a drink and enjoy live music in San Diego? Here are some of the best bars and coffee houses to see and hear live music in San Diego.
2014 Summer Camps at the Safari Park
If you want to give your children a unique camp experience this 2014 summer, consider one that involves animals with a summer camp at the Safari Park
6 Best Panoramic Views in San Diego County
San Diego County has some stunning topography. So where are the best places to take in these views? Preferably free? Here are my best bets for the top panoramic views in San Diego County.
8 Places to Camp in San Diego
San Diego has a number of campgrounds within its urban areas where you can easily enjoy the great outdoors.
Picking Apples in Julian
Apple orchards are scattered throughout the Julian area in San Diego's mountain country.
Your Guide to San Diego's Urban Neighborhoods
San Diego isn't known as a city of neighborhoods, but they do exist in this bastion of suburbia. Here are the top urban neighborhoods in San Diego.
Top 7 Ways to Stay Cool In San Diego
San Diego has a well-deserved reputation for its nearly perfect weather, but there are a few weeks out of the year where we have to endure scorching temperatures. Here are some suggestions for staying cool in San Diego.
Hidden San Diego: Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park
Did you know you can take in the museums and galleries in Balboa Park for free? As a service to the public, each Tuesday of the month offers free admission to Balboa Park venues, on a rotating basis.
About San Diego Profile: Hiking Cowles Mountain
At 1,592 feet, Cowles Mountain is the highest point in the city of San Diego.
The Best Places to Go Shopping in San Diego
Here are some of the best places to do your shopping in San Diego.
San Diego's Best Record Stores
Where to find vintage vinyl records and just plain cool music? San Diego still has a few actual record stores.
The Top 'Top Gun' Locations in San Diego
On May 16, 1986, Paramount released Top Gun starring Tom Cruise and it instantly became a cultural phenomenon. Arguably one of the most beloved summer escapist movies ever, it catapulted Cruise to superstar icon, and featured the likes of Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Meg Ryan, and Tom Skerritt in their youthful prime. Most of the film was shot in San Diego at many recognizable locations.
Discover San Diego: The Top 10 Places to...
With so many things to see in Balboa Park, where do you start? Here are the top 10 places to discover in San Diego's Balboa Park.
Leashless In San Diego
A list San Diego's most popular dog-friendly, off-leash parks, beaches and open spaces toallow your dog to be a dog.
Your Guide to San Diego's 6 Fishing Piers
San Diego's ocean fishing piers are great places to stroll, admire the local coastline, and of course, do some fishing. Here's a list of our local San Diego coastal piers.
About La Jolla: Living in La Jolla
All about living in La Jolla: The neighborhood of La Jolla is home to one of the most stunning pieces of coastline in all of California. That scenery
San Diego County Mandatory Water Restrictions
Mandatory water restrictions from the San Diego County Water Authority.
San Diego Shopping: Plaza Camino Real
Plaza Camino Real serves the North County Coastal area (Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside).
About San Diego Profile - Julian
Julian is 60 miles northeast of San Diego situated between the northern end of the Cuyamaca Mountains and the southern slope of Volcan Mountain, west the Anza Borrego desert.
The Best Public Golf Courses in San Diego
San Diego is home to a wonderful selection of golf courses. Here are the best public golf courses for the value in San Diego County.
The Best Picnic Spots Around San Diego
Some of the best places to have a picnic in San Diego and nearby enjoy some of the most scenic locales, even in an area of the country known for its beauty.
Discover San Diego's Best Breweries and...
San Diego has a thriving and well-regarded microbrewery community. Here is a roundup of San Diego's microbreweries by Local Wally's San Diego Brewery Guide.
Top 10 Reasons to Live in San Diego
San Diego is the land of surf and sun and its culture and ambiance inspire many people to relocate. Here are the top 10 reasons to live in San Diego.
Otay Ranch Town Center: San Diego's Newest...
Otay Ranch Town Center, located in Chula Vista, is San Diego's newest and first regional shopping mall to open in 20 years.
San Diego Neighborhood Profile: Hillcrest
New York has Greenwich Village. San Francisco has the Castro. Vancouver has the West End. And San Diego has Hillcrest, our closest thing to a diverse, lively, hip and colorful neighborhood. This gay-friendly 'hood just north of Balboa Park is a mix of apartments and bungalows mixed with a pedestrian-friendly business district.
What Cool Concerts Are Coming to San Diego?
Here's a month-by-month listing of live concerts and shows throughout San Diego. Find out which artists are playing concerts in San Diego.
San Diego On A Budget
Here are some suggestions to make your dollars stretch and still enjoy things around San Diego.
San Diego Neighborhood Profile: Mission Hills
Mission Hills is an older neighborhood in central San Diego.
San Diego Neighborhood Profile: Kensington
Kensington is an upscale, quiet neighborhood in mid-city San Diego.
Take in the View Atop San Diego's Mountain Peaks
San Diego's topography lends itself to publicly accessible mountains and peaks. Here are some of the more popular mountain peaks in San Diego County.
Hidden San Diego: The 25th Street Musical Bridge
It's one of the most unique works of public art in San Diego, and it's interactive to boot. The 25th Street Bridge that spans the Martin Luther King Freeway in Golden Hill has a sidewalk rail that is a carillon that can actually be played by pedestrians.
4 San Diego Sites New Visitors Can't Miss
Here is a list of places to take guests visiting San Diego for the first time to make it easy for you to show newbies around your hometown...
Thanksgiving Activities in San Diego
Thanksgiving activities often involves a meal and activities with family and friends. Here are some suggestions to celebrate Thanksgiving week in San Diego.
Whale Watching in San Diego
San Diego is whale watching territory. Here's the lowdown on seeing these majestic creatures of the sea.
San Diego's Worst Traffic Bottlenecks
Here are the top traffic bottlenecks in San Diego County as compiled by INRIX.
San Diego Neighborhood Profile: North Park
North Park is the most sprawling of San Diego's urban neighborhoods.
About San Diego Profile: San Diego Trolley
San Diego Trolley is a light rail public transportation system serving greater San Diego.
Walking Tour: Downtown Waterfront
A walk along San Diego's scenic Embarcadero is the essence of the city
San Diego Profile: Shelter Island
Shelter Island is a popular waterfront recreation area on San Diego Bay, but it isn't really an island but more of an isthmus connected to the mainland.
San Diego Grocery Guide
A supermarket's a supermarket, you say? Not in the highly competitive Southern California marketplace, where you have megastores that offer banking, dry cleaning, Starbucks and, oh yeah, food. Here's a subjective rundown of what you'll likely find here in town.
About San Diego Profle: Beach Alcohol Ban
San Diego's banning of alcohol at beaches and parks took effect on Jan. 15, 2008.
San Diego's Favorite Beaches
San Diego County has some of the best and most scenic beaches on the West Coast. Here are some of the most interesting and favorite ones in the region.
The 13 Best Museums in San Diego
San Diego has some very interesting and unique museums. Here is a sampling of some of the best museums in San Diego County.
Did you know who named San Diego?
Do you know where San Diego got it's name?
A Guide to Julian Pies
Julian, California is a short drive from San Diego and cooks up some of the best apple pies around. Here is where you can find the best Julian pies...
Top 7 Places To Sing Karaoke Around San Diego
Looking for a place to show your vocal stuff? Head to a karaoke bar and make like American Idol. Here are some of the top places in San Diego to do that karaoke thing.
Hidden San Diego: Coronado Sand Dunes
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Neighborhood Hangouts: Shopping in Hillcrest
Here are some suggestions on where to shop in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego.
Take In San Diego's Theme and Amusement Parks
San Diego has its share of popular theme and amusement parks, like the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Legoland and more. Here is a roundup of San Diego amusement parks.
About San Diego Profile: the Footbridges of...
The footbridges found in the San Diego neighborhoods of Hillcrest and Banker's Hill are hidden treasures known only to local residents.
DYK: Cabrillo National Monument
Did you know Cabrillo National Monument receives the most visitors?
San Diego Shopping: Mission Valley Center
Westfield's Mission Valley Center is an older mall located in San Diego's Mission Valley.
College Sports Bars: Where to gather with your...
Where's the best place to hook up with fellow alums to watch college sports? These sports bars are your best bets to sport your colors.
Top 9 San Diego's Top Concert Venues
From intimate to arena-size, San Diego has a wide variety of concert venues to choose from. Here's our guide's top picks to see live performances in and around San Diego.
The San Diego Zoo sets the standard for zoos.
The 100-acre San Diego Zoo is home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. It is located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park.
Hiking Mt Woodson to Potato Chip Rock in Poway
One of the most iconic landmarks in San Diego County is Potato Chip Rock and you can reach it by hiking up Mt Woodson in Poway. Tips for hiking it...
A Guide to San Diego Locations Seen on TV's...
Veronica Mars is a TV show starring Kristen Bell on the CW network. It is set in the fictitional town of Neptune but is actually filmed and produced in San Diego by Stu Segall Productions. Here are some of the real San Diego locales seen on the TV show.
San Diego Neighborhood Profile: University...
University Heights is a neighborhood in San Diego.
San Diego Shopping: Plaza Bonita
Located in the South County area, Plaza Bonita is the Westfield indoor, two-level counterpart to Plaza Camino Real.
San Diego Shopping: Westfield Horton Plaza
Horton Plaza's construction in the mid-1980s jump-started the Gaslamp renaissance. Its multi-level, somewhat confusing whimsical architecture is a must-see for any San Diego visitor.
New Year's Eve, San Diego-Style
Here are some suggestions for celebrating New Year's Eve around San Diego County.
San Diego Shopping: Westfield North County
North County Fair serves the North County bedroom communities. This large, two-level indoor mall has your usual allotment of department stores and shops.
San Diego Walking Tour: Downtown La Mesa
Downtown La Mesa offers a quaint and friendly small town environment, offering a mix of antique shops, restaurants, and business services.
Top 8 San Diego Summer Family Fun
We're approaching the start of summer time, and families are starting to plan their summer fun in San Diego. Our San Diego Guide points you in the right direction with his top picks for family amusement entertainment.
About San Diego Profile: Point Loma Tide Pools
The Point Loma tide pools at Cbrillo National Monument offer a glimpse into the ocean life of the ecosystem and its tidal creatures.
Best Areas to Find Asian Restaurants and Food...
San Diego has a number of areas where there is a concentration of Asian restaurants and food markets. Here are areas around San Diego County where you can eat and shop for Asian food.
Mission Beach in San Diego Neighborhood Spotlight
With a surfer vibe permeating the beach and fun bars in the Belmont Park area of Mission Beach, the Mission Beach neighborhood in San Diego has an...
San Diego Farmers' Markets (cont.)
Not only can farmers' markets be found almost every day of the week throughout San Diego county, but they’re also a year-round occurrence (ah, the beauty of perfect weather). But it’s during spring and summer when you find the local bumper crops of fruits, vegetables and flowers grown by San Diego and California farmers. Page 2.
Top 9 Diner Dining in San Diego
Comfort food, breakfast at any time, late-night dining, cheap eats - sometimes you gotta have diner food. Here are my top picks for dining at diners in San Diego.
San Diego Shopping: University Town Center
UTC is a pleasant outdoor mall. Located in the Golden Triangle area (and slated for a refurbishing), it caters to the yuppie/soccer mom crowd.
San Diego's Farmers' Markets: Fresh Is Best
Not only can farmers markets be found almost every day of the week throughout San Diego county, but they’re also a year-round occurrence (ah, the beauty of perfect weather). But it’s during spring and summer when you find the local bumper crops of fruits, vegetables and flowers grown by San Diego and California farmers.
About San Diego Profile: San Diego-Coronado...
The San Diego-Coronado Bridge spans San Diego Bay and connects San Diego with the city of Coronado and has become one of the regions most recognized landmarks.
First Ever San Diego Craft Beer Job Fair
The San Diego Craft Beer Job Fair is hosted by the San Diego Brewers Guild and many local breweries will be in attendance to interview for a variety
Hidden San Diego: the Scripps Turd sculpture
Egyptian-born and Oxford-educated British artist William Tucker created his bronze cast Okeanos from a plaster model he created in 1987 and 1988. Originally placed in front of the Green Hospital and unveiled in 1988, the artwork was commissioned in honor of Frank J. Dixon, director of the institute for 25 years.
Visiting San Diego? Eat Here
These restaurants might not be the best in San Diego, but they provide delicious meals and give visitors a classic San Diego dining experience.
Top 7 Big Box Shopping Centers Around San Diego
They're convenient, close to home and pretty much offer everything we need. And for those reasons, they've
San Diego Hiking: Torrey Pines Trails
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a protected piece of land in San Diego that has several hiking trails overlooking the ocean. The trails provide
San Diego Neighborhood Profile: City Heights
City Heights is a large neighborhood in the eastern part of city of San Diego with an ethnically diverse population.
Neighborhood Hangouts: Shopping in Little Italy
Here are some suggestions on where to shop in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego.
Freeway Frenzy In San Diego
Although the California freeway system is the best in the country, it's still the cause for many a headache in the land of the automobile. Here's the lowdown on San Diego county's increasingly clogged major highways.
Hidden San Diego: Old Mission Dam
Old Mission Dam supplied water to the Mission of San Diego de Alcalá. A flume carried water about 5 miles from the dam to the mission grounds. It is located in Mission Trails Regional Park.
The Carlsbad Flower Fields
The colorful Carlsbad Flower Fields are an annual rite of spring.
San Diego's Best Burger Places
San Diego serves up some great hamburgers and even though it might be a personal and subjective choice, here are some generally acknowledged tasty burger joints.
Classic Car Cruising in San Diego
What better way to spend a warm summer evening in San Diego than to cruise a classic car show?
Hidden San Diego: Harper's Topiary Garden in...
Harper's Topiary Garden is a public topiary garden in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego.
San Diego Holiday and Christmas Light Displays
A partial list of where to view the best Christmas light displays around San Diego County
Best of San Diego: Downtown
Downtown San Diego is a vibrant place to spend a day or evening. Here are some of the best places to visit downtown.
About San Diego Profile: the Sprinter Light...
The Sprinter is the east-west light rail system link between Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido in San Diego's North County.
Where to Dine in San Diego: Hillcrest
Looking for a place to eat in San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood? Here are a few suggestions.
Pacific Beach Neighborhood Profile
Pacific Beach is one of San Diego's premier party neighborhoods. However, great food and a close proximity to the ocean make it appeal to a variety...
Hidden San Diego: Queen Califia's Magical...
The only American sculpture garden and the last major international project by artist Niki De Saint Phalle, in Escondido's Kit Carson Park.
It's Time Kick Off San Diego's Holiday Season...
The Mother Goose Parade is an annual holiday San Diego County tradition and is one of the largest parades in the United States.
San Diego Shopping: Parkway Plaza
Parkway Plaza is the regional mall serving East County. This indoor, single level mall is a necessity in scorching El Cajon.
Best View Hiking Trails in San Diego County
The natural beauty of San Diego means it has some great hiking trails with fantastic views. Here are the top view hiking trails in San Diego County.
9 Best Sports Bars in San Diego
If you're a sports fan, here are some of the best places to eat, drink and watch sports around San Diego.
Fun Family Activities in San Diego
These activities have been around for generations. And they're still a great way for families to have fun together. Find out where to go for traditional family fun around San Diego.
San Diego Urban Farming with Livestock...
Many San Diego residents are learning the joys of urban farming and raising livestock like chickens, and goats. San Diego regulation and laws state...
Whale Watching in San Diego (cont.)
San Diego is whale watching territory. Here's the lowdown on seeing these majestic creatures of the sea. Page 2.
Hidden San Diego: Galleta Meadows Estate...
Galleta Meadows Estate is located in the desert of Borrego Springs and features the massive steel sculptures of prehistoric animals and serpents.
Halloween in San Diego
Where to go for frights and screams in San Diego for Halloween. Well, there are still some fun - and hopefully scary - things to do around San Diego.
Top 10 Dive Bars in San Diego
Call them dive bars or the corner tavern, San Diego has its share of local hangouts and everyone has their favorite. Here are this guide's choices for top dive bars in San Diego.
San Diego's Best Movie Theaters
Here's a list of San Diego movie theaters that offer a good movie-going experience.
The Cohn Restaurant Group of San Diego
The Cohn Restaurant Group in San Diego has created some popular dining experiences. From Mexican food with a twist to fresh seafood fare to fondue and
About San Diego Profile: Leopard Sharks of La...
Swimming with leopard sharks is a common sight at La Jolla Shores beach in San Diego.
Best Mother's Day Brunch Spots in San Diego
Things to do and places to see - where to take mother on Mother's Day in San Diego.
San Diego County Farm Stands Sell Local Produce
Farm stands are a source of buying local produce. Listed here are some of San Diego County's roadside stands.
Where to Dine in San Diego: North Park
Looking for a place to eat in the North Park neighborhood? Here are a few suggestions.
San Diego Shopping: Grossmont Center
This quaint mall in La Mesa is the shopping center that time forgot.
Must-See San Diego
As picturesque as San Diego is, one can explore the city and its surrounding areas for years and still need time to see more. But for visitors and residents alike, there are a few attractions and places that should be on the must-see list, whether its to impress the visiting relatives, or simply to reimd yourself what a great place San Diego is to live.
San Diego Neighborhood Profile: South Park
South Park is a neighborhood of San Diego, east of Balboa Park and north of Golden Hill.
If It's October, It Must Be Oktoberfest in San...
Yes, even San Diegans celebrate Oktoberfest, and the La Mesa Oktoberfest celebration is one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations West of the Mississippi.
Best of San Diego: The San Diego Bayfront
San Diego is famous for its scenic and beautiful bayfront. Here are the best things to see and check out along San Diego's bayfront.
Top 13 Comic-Con Survival Tips
Going to San Diego Comic-Con? Here are some survival tips to make your experience more comfortable and enjoyable.
San Diego's dog-friendly places (cont.)
A list San Diego's most popular dog-friendly, off-leash parks, beaches and open spaces toallow your dog to be a dog. Page 2.
Frequently Asked Questions About Gay and...
If you're a gay or lesbian couple, what steps must you take to get married in San Diego? Here are the answers.
Quick Review: Pechanga Resort & Casino
As one of the country's newest resort destinations, PechangaResort & Casino, a four-diamond property, offers the pinnacle of hotel luxury, gaming excitement, entertainment, meeting facilities and dining in the San Diego and Southern California area.
Best San Diego Tours for Locals (and Visitors!)
Do you know the history of San Diego and what famous residents lived in the area? Top San Diego tours for locals to learn more about their hometown...
San Diego Profile: Belmont Park and the Giant...
Belmont Park is an old school beachside amusement park featuring a wooden roller coaster in San Diego's Mission Beach.
Where to Eat in Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach (OB) is a relaxed beach community located in San Diego. From fish tacos to pho to French cuisine, here are the best places to eat in OB.
About San Diego Image Gallery: Fashion Valley...
The class of San Diego malls, Fashion Valley has arguably the best of the upscale stores. Nordstrom, JC Penney, Macy's, Nieman Marcus and the new Bloomingdale's anchor this well appointed two-level outdoor mall.
Where to Dine: Mid-City and Mission Valley
Looking for a place to eat in San Diego? Here are some suggestions for dining in the mid-city area of
Best Date Night Restaurants
The old standard of an excellent meal with drinks rarely fails for a fun night out. Here are some of the best date night restaurants in San Diego...
San Diego Coaster Ideas for Families
The San Diego Coaster is often used by commuters, but it can also be a great method of transportation for a fun 'Coaster Crawl' day with the family...
San Diego Ice Skating Rinks
Where to go ice skating in San Diego County.
San Diego's Food Trucks Dishing Up Fine...
Gourmet food trucks are the hottest trend in restaurants, and San Diego is starting to warm up to the idea of fine dining on the sidewalk. Here are the most popular gourmet food trucks in San Diego.
San Diego Neighborhood Profile: Normal Heights
Bookended on the west by University Heights and Kensington on the east, Normal Heights completes the Adams Avenue 'hood trifecta along the main drag.
Wineries in San Diego
You have more options for wineries to visit in San Diego County than you might think. Not just wine bars that offer tastings, but actual wineries that
San Diego Neighborhood Profile: Little Italy
Little Italy is San Diego's longtime ethnic neighborhood enclave in the downtown area.
Casino Getaway: Barona Valley Resort & Casino
San Diego County's Indian casinos make for great weekend getaways. Here's my review of a recent Casino Getaway at Barona Valley Ranch Resort and Casino.
Neighborhood Hangouts: Shopping in North Park
Here are some suggestions on where to shop in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego.

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