Beaches for surfing and sunbathing, a delightful year-round temperature and an array of unique cultural delights have given San Diego the nickname of 'America's Finest City'. Although it is the eighth-largest city in America, its distinct neighbourhoods with their own character give San Diego the feel of a friendly village. Whether you are visiting for a weekend city break or taking a longer holiday, there are attractions for all ages in the city from its world-famous zoo to hiking in the countryside or from visiting vineyards to the museums of Balboa Park. And, whichever neighbourhood takes your fancy you will find a hotel in San Diego to suit your tastes and budget. If you're travelling with young children, look for hotel deals near California Legoland Resort on Legoland Drive or the New Children's Museum on West Island Avenue. With the eDreams easy-to-use search filters it's simple to book a hotel that perfectly suits your holiday needs. Select accommodation by room type, location and price or filter for those little extras that make holidays even more special.
With 70 miles of coastline and at least 60 beaches, you might never want to venture away from the surf and sand but if you do, the heart of San Diego is surprisingly compact and easy to explore on foot. Even more so if you have found one of our eDreams cheap hotels in the city centre. For many years the aircraft carrier USS Midway was the largest ship in the world. Explore its decks and admire a different perspective of San Diego from the ship's runway. Close to the ship is a huge sculpture depicting a classic WWII image of a sailor sweeping his girlfriend into his arms. Explore the origins of San Diego by taking a blue trolleybus trip to the Old Town. This is a designated Historic Park that combines tourist attractions with restored homes and shops. Stroll up Presidio Hill where the first Spanish mission to the States was established. Culture vultures should leave time during their visit to explore the museums of Balboa Park. These range from fine art to photographic galleries but must-sees are the Timken Museum of Art with its collection of Rembrandts and Rubens and the San Diego Air & Space Museum. The young at heart will definitely want to see the 800 or more species of animals at San Diego Zoo.
It is always fascinating to see how city neighbourhoods change and evolve over the decades. The Gaslamp Quarter, entered through an arch, was once a rather seedy red-light district. Its streets are lined with splendid Victorian and Spanish-style buildings and the neighbourhood is now a buzzing downtown hub. If you want to be in the heart of city life and live like a local, this is the perfect district to book a hotel in San Diego. Find out more about the neighbourhood in the Gaslamp Quarter Museum. If you want a break from hectic city life and fancy spending time surfing, swimming and sunbathing then choose cheap hotels in La Jolla north of the city centre. This is a district of boutique hotels and restaurants. Its pedestrian-friendly shopping centre is decorated with colourful murals. Some of San Diego's best beaches such as Windansea Beach and La Jolla Shores are found here. If sunny San Diego is calling, then browse eDreams for the best hotel deals.