You could spend a lifetime in San Diego and discover new things, but if you only have a weekend in America’s Finest Cities, this short guide will ensure you have as much fun as possible.

Let’s face it: We don’t have as many vacation days as we wish.

No matter the industry you work in, chances are you’ve found yourself fantasizing with month-long vacations only to realize a weekend-long trip is more realistic.

Does that sound familiar?

Don’t worry; we’ve all been there.

If you’re visiting San Diego, but you don’t have a lot of times, don’t worry. We’ve curated the best tours and attractions so that you can enjoy an amazing weekend in America’s Finest City.

San Diego Zoo

No visit to San Diego is complete without a visit to its world-renowned zoo, and with good reason!

This fantastic place is chock full of incredible exhibits, entertaining activities and so many animals you won’t even know where to look.

You could easily spend an entire day walking around the zoo, and it would be a day well spent, but if you don’t want to spend all your daylight in the same place, you should at least consider the Safari.

Trust us, that’s an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

Balboa Park

Another day-long attraction, Balboa Park, has everything for the entire family, including Fido, if he’s traveling with you.

This 1,200 acres sized park is twice as large as Central Park, and it offers almost twice as much!

Numerous restaurants, museums, and walking tours are available for your entertainment, some even for free.

The San Diego Natural History Museum and the Japanese Garden are local favorites, but with 17 museums to choose from, you’ll have more than enough options to satisfy anyone!

Weekends are particularly fun in Balboa Park, as it’s the choice destination for all kinds of concerts and events.

San Diego Downtown

You can’t say you’ve been to a city if you haven’t seen what their downtown has to offer, and San Diego is no exception.

Home of even more museums and top-notch restaurants, this is a destination that you won’t regret visiting.

If you’re an adult traveling on your own or with friends, the Gaslamp Quarter is an obligated stop, as it’s lined with bars, chic restaurants, music clubs and more!

Even families with young children can enjoy the Quarter, but keep in mind the fun starts once the sun goes down.

San Diego Harbor

A perfect place for both families and single travelers, the San Diego Harbor is full of beautiful sights and exciting activities.

Museums, harbor cruises, whale watching cruises, delicious restaurants, fun shops and all kinds of weekend activities make the harbor a local and visitor favorite, and we’re confident you’ll love it just as much.

Make sure to visit even if you don’t have a specific plan, as the scenic walkways and breathtaking views are more than worth your time!

Beach Circuit

San Diego is close to beautiful beaches you can drive to, so don’t be afraid of getting in your car and driving there if you want to get away from the city.

La Joya, Encinitas and Carlsbad are some of the most famous destinations, but they’re far from the only ones!