Tastes of Travel

Our Favorite San Diego Stops // San Diego, CA

June 22, 2015

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Our Sunday afternoon was spent at Balboa Park, claimed to be the “nation’s largest urban cultural park.” It’s a space loaded with museums, music/performing arts venues, various gardens, and the San Diego Zoo is also located within the park.

What we liked best:
Allison: Balboa Park was very cool as there was so much that you could do! You can chill and just hangout; you can have a picnic or spend time in tons of museums; you can walk your dog or workout; or you can listen to live music — all in one place! Best part: falling asleep in the Rose Garden with no one bothering us.

Ashley: The gardens were stunning, and were also one of the free attractions as for some reason, we totally assumed that the museums would be free? But, we’ll have to plan for that next time and splurge on one of the art museums that I was dying to check out. It was so great to see the walking paths packed with families and couples, and to see musicians playing and entertaining the Balboa guests. It was such a beautiful space and was honestly just a wonderful place to take a stroll. Like Allison said, that nap in the rose garden. Bliss. Thank you everyone for not stepping on us and for not stealing our shoes/bags.


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We heard from many locals at the farmers market and from our host to check out Torrey Pines, and we are so happy we did! It offered amazing overlooks and had multiple trails that led up and around the beach. It was such a clean and beautiful environment to explore in, and we found out that Torrey pine is one of the rarest pines in North America (how cool!).

What we liked best:
Allison: THE VIEW. Torrey pines was so pretty! I liked that Ash and I hiked this on an overcast day as it made the colors so much brighter. It wasn’t that hard of a hike, so it was cool seeing lots of people out and about walking the trails.

Ashley: Hiking above and around the beach offered some really breathtaking views. At almost every turn I was like, “WOW. Allison!” Then snap, snap; taking a picture that doesn’t capture the view before us. The most enchanting things to me were the bright little red crabs/lobsters (I still don’t know what they are) that were washed up on shore. I spotted a dad with the biggest smile trying to throw them on his daughters (his hand is pictured below). Good move, Dad.

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belmont park

 

 

 

 

Because our San Diego weekend getaway took place in June Gloom, we didn’t really have much sun tempting us AZ gals to lay out on the beach, even though other folks were doing it (but like, aren’t you cold?). Instead, we turned to other attractions, such as Belmont Park. The park has a pier-like vibe with old school attractions, carnival snacks, and stores to snag souvenirs and beach necessities (we totally regretted not getting pails/shovels to make a sick sandcastle. Next time.)

What we liked best:
Allison: The tilt-a-whirl, for sure. I also liked how old the attractions looked, made it feel like all the rides have been there for a while, but it still had such a fun and high-energy feel around it. And, when trying to convince Ash to go on the roller coaster, I should have worked on my game plan. I don’t think saying, “Dude, it doesn’t even go upside down, so I don’t think that we’ll die,” was the most helpful. Also, Belmont Park would totally be a cute spot for a date night.

Ashley: Definitely, the tilt-a-whirl. I’ve missed that dizzy, fun ride from our mini-fair at home. Allison was eager to ride the rollercoaster that loomed over the park, and I’m not a fan of rollercoasters simply because I’m not a fan of heights, but she convinced me and I caved. I rode that with my eyes closed 50% of the time and would be totally fine if I never went on that again in my life, but Allison’s go-pro video of the ride will be watched for years to come.

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