I live with a serious case of wanderlust. I would love to travel the world and learn about every culture out there. I know it’s hard to do that, but it’s my wish to travel as much as I can during my lifetime. My husband and I have set a goal of traveling at least once a year. We had talked about going to Seattle, WA for some time. I haven’t visited, but Juan has.
We enjoy video games a lot, so we’ve been wanting to go to the PAX conference for a few years. PAX is one of the biggest gaming culture conferences out there. Covering everything from video games to tabletops. They have a few conferences throughout the year, but we’ve had our eyes on PAX West. Which is done in Seattle, WA every year. Usually during labor day weekend (early September). We finally decided, bought the airplane tickets and rented an Airbnb. Two of our best friends are joining us so I’m even more excited about that. Have never traveled with friends, so that’s something to look forward to. The tickets for PAX West are still not available. Registration will be open in mid-May, so we need to be alert and get those tickets as soon as they’re available. I’ve read they run out fast.
There are many places I want to visit while we’re at Seattle, so I hope we manage our time well so we get to see as much as we can. One huge plus about that city, they seem to be big coffee lovers, which is a win in my book. We already wrote down places to go to like: Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Gas Works Park and the Fremont Troll. Any recommendations of landmarks and restaurants?
Have you ever been to Seattle? If so, what were some of your favorite places?
Located in southern California, and near to the Mexico border. San Diego is the oldest town in California and was founded in 1769. As of 2015, it is the eighth-largest city in the United States. This beautiful city is influenced by European and Mexican culture, just by taking a walk around the city, you will certainly notice that.
I compiled a list of five places you should visit if you’re in San Diego. I was able to visit all the places mentioned in this list and had a wonderful time in each one.
1. Old Town
Old Town was California’s first settlement. You can walk through gardens, check out shops and restaurants. You’ll get to find authentic Mexican food restaurants there and will notice a considerable Mexican culture influence in Old Town.
I was able to visit Cafe Coyote in Old Town and the food was fantastic. If you want authentic Mexican food and a good atmosphere, I recommend it.
2. San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is located north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park and has over 100-acres of land. The zoo is home to more than 3,500 rare and endangered animals.
The zoo has an Institute for Conservation Research, which is one of the largest zoo-based research centers in the world. It is dedicated to preserving and protecting rare and endangered wildlife and habitats.
Another fun fact is that the San Diego Zoo was voted as the #1 Zoo in the World in 2015 (TripAdvisor).
The zoo is spectacular, and if you’re a panda lover like me, you’ll get to see them!
The 1-Day Pass is $52 for Adults (ages 12 & older) and $42 for Children (ages 3 – 11).
3. Broadway Pier
Broadway Pier is a ferry terminal that is near the USS Midway Museum and the Santa Fe Depot. Outside the terminal, there is a boardwalk, restaurants, and places where you can sit. If you want to see the ships and the ocean, this is a good place to visit.
4. Mission Valley
Mission Valley serves as a shopping and entertainment center for San Diego. You’ll find malls, a huge variety of stores and residential areas.
You can find high-end stores at Fashion Valley Mall, restaurants and supermarkets at Westfield Mission Valley, and much more. I was able to visit a Trader Joe’s for the first time (we don’t have it in PR) in this area and also went to In-N-Out for the first time.
For those that like shopping and visiting stores, Mission Valley is perfect. It’s easily accessible by public transportation so that’s always a plus.
5. Balboa Park
Balboa Park is a popular spot in San Diego. Home to major museums, art venues, gardens and the San Diego Zoo. The grounds are open 24 hours a day.
The gardens are absolutely beautiful, you’ll find many places that are perfect for picture-taking. Balboa Park is near Downtown, you can easily take a bus or the ferry train and explore the Downtown area as well.
Have you been to San Diego? What were some of your favorite places?