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Frommer's San Diego 2013 : Frommer's Complete Guides - Mark Hiss

Frommer's San Diego 2013

Frommer's Complete Guides

By: Mark Hiss

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  • Free full-color, foldout map
  • Completely updated every year
  • Insider advice on avoiding the crowds as you explore some of San Diego's most popular attractions, from the world-famous animal parks to the many museums of Balboa Park. There's a whole chapter of walking tours, and several cool side trips, ranging from soaking up Knott's Berry Farm to heading south of the border to Tijuana.
  • Where to find the best cuisine, including the best of San Diego's traditionally fabulous Mexican restaurants; the fresh, fresh seafood; and the latest outposts of the "farm to table" movement; along with a blow-by-blow (or brew by brew) analysis of the vaunted beer scene.
  • Insightful commentary on San Diego's arts scene, from museums, to the theatrical and musical highlights, as well as the wide-ranging nightlife, music, comedy and club scene, including a rundown of GLBT nightlife.
  • Opinionated reviews. No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. Our expert writers are passionate about their destinations--they tell it like it is in an engaging and helpful way.
  • Exact prices listed for every establishment and activity--no other guides offer such detailed, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants. We include the very best, but also emphasize moderately priced choices for real people.
  • User-friendly features including star ratings and special icons to point readers to great finds, excellent values, insider tips, best bets for kids, special moments, and overrated experiences.

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1 THE BEST OF SAN DIEGO 1

The Most Unforgettable San Diego Experiences 2

The Best Food & Drink Experiences 2

The Best Family Experiences 3

The Best Free & Dirt Cheap San Diego 4

The Best Outdoor Activities 5

The Best Historic Experiences 5

The Best San Diego Museums 6

The Best Ways to See San Diego Like a Local 7

San Diego Today 9

The Making of San Diego 10

San Diego in Pop Culture 15

Eating & Drinking in San Diego 18

When to Go 19

SAN DIEGO CALENDAR OF EVENTS 21

Responsible Tourism in San Diego 26

IT’S EASY BEING GREEN 27

3 SAN DIEGO NEIGHBORHOODS & SUGGESTED ITINERARIES 28

City Layout 28

NEIGHBORHOODS IN BRIEF 30

THE BEST OF SAN DIEGO IN 1 DAY 31

OFF THE BEATEN PATH: NORTH PARK & BEYOND 32

THE BEST OF SAN DIEGO IN 2 DAYS 34

THE BEST OF SAN DIEGO IN 3 DAYS 35

4 EXPLORING SAN DIEGO 37

San Diego’s Top 15 Sites & Attractions 37

The Three Major Animal Parks 37

San Diego’s Beaches 42

Attractions in Balboa Park 46

ALL ABOUT BALBOA PARK GUIDED TOURS 49

More Attractions 54

Free of Charge & Full of Fun 66

Especially for Kids 68

Special-Interest Sightseeing 70

Organized Tours 73

Outdoor Activities 77

PADDLING WITH THE FISHES 86

THE BEST OF SAN DIEGO ONLINE 88

Sights & Attractions by Theme Index 89

5 STROLLING AROUND SAN DIEGO 91

WALKING TOUR 1: THE GASLAMP QUARTER 91

WALKING TOUR 2: THE EMBARCADERO 98

WALKING TOUR 3: OLD TOWN 103

WALKING TOUR 4: BALBOA PARK 107

WALKING TOUR 5: LA JOLLA 114

6 WHERE TO EAT 119

Best Bets 119

PRICE CATEGORIES 119

FUN FOR FOODIES IN SAN DIEGO 120

Downtown, Gaslamp Quarter & Little Italy 121

ATTACK OF THE KILLER BURGERS 126

Hillcrest & Uptown 127

Old Town & Mission Valley 131

Mission Bay & the Beaches 133

BAJA FISH TACOS 134

La Jolla 138

MEAL WITH A VIEW 142

Coronado 143

Bites Off the (Tourist) Beaten Path 145

Practical Matters: The Restaurant Scene 146

Restaurants by Cuisine 147

7 SHOPPING 151

Shopping by Area 151 Shopping A to Z 159

8 ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE 167

The Performing Arts 168

The Club & Music Scene 170

SUDS CITY: GRAB A GREAT BREW IN S.D. 176

Gay & Lesbian Nightlife 177

Alternative Entertainment 178

FISHY FUN: THE GRUNION RUN 180

Spectator Sports 180

9 WHERE TO STAY 184

Best Bets 184

PRICE CATEGORIES 184

WHAT YOU’LL REALLY PAY 185

Downtown, Gaslamp Quarter & Little Italy 186

Hillcrest & Uptown 196

Old Town & Mission Valley 199

Mission Bay & the Beaches 201

La Jolla 206

THE ROAD TO WELLNESS: HEALTHFUL HAVENS 212

Coronado 213

THE INDELIBLE HOTEL DEL 214

Practical Information 217

10 SIDE TRIPS FROM SAN DIEGO 220

North County Beach Towns 220

THE HAPPIEST SIDE TRIP ON EARTH 236

North County Inland 237

GRAPE ESCAPE: TEMECULA WINERIES 241

Julian: Gold, Fires, Apples & More 242

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park 248

Tijuana: Going South of the Border 253

STAYING SAFE IN TIJUANA 254

11 PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO SAN DIEGO 270

Getting There 270

TRAVELING WITH PETS 274

Special-Interest Trips & Tours 275

Getting Around 276

FAST FACTS: SAN DIEGO 284

Index 299

Accommodations Index 308 Restaurant Index 309

LIST OF MAPS

Suggested Itineraries 29

San Diego Attractions 39

Balboa Park Attractions 47

Downtown & Beyond Attractions 55

Old Town & Mission Valley Attractions 59

La Jolla Attractions 63

Walking Tour 1: The Gaslamp Quarter 93

Walking Tour 2: The Embarcadero 99

Walking Tour 3: Old Town 105

Walking Tour 4: Balboa Park 109

Walking Tour 5: La Jolla 117

Downtown San Diego Restaurants 123

Hillcrest & Uptown Restaurants 129

Old Town & Mission Valley Restaurants 133

Mission Bay & the Beaches Restaurants 135

La Jolla Restaurants 139

Coronado Restaurants 144

Downtown San Diego Shopping 153

Hillcrest & Uptown Shopping 155

La Jolla Shopping 157

Downtown San Diego Hotels 187

Hillcrest & Uptown Hotels 197

Old Town & Mission Valley Hotels 200

Mission Bay & the Beaches Hotels 203

La Jolla Hotels 207

Coronado Hotels 215

Northern San Diego County 222

Eastern San Diego County 243

Tijuana 255

ISBN: 9781118337646
ISBN-10: 1118337646
Series: Frommer's Complete Guides
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 24th August 2012
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.2  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.3