Hotel at a Glance: Radisson San Diego-Rancho Bernardo
The newly renovated Radisson San Diego-Rancho Bernardo resembles a Mediterranean villa, with a stucco exterior, terra-cotta roof tiles, and a multi-tiered fountain out front. At its heart is a landscaped courtyard with an outdoor pool and hot tub, shaded seating areas, and palm trees that tower over the three-story hotel.
- In-room amenities include 37-inch LCD TVs, pillow-top mattresses, and refrigerators.
- Order the buffet breakfast at C3 Restaurant and Bar to enjoy eggs, bacon and sausage, potatoes, breads, and juices.
- Get a workout in at a two-room, 24-hour fitness center stocked with medicine balls, yoga mats, free weights, and cardio equipment.
- Distance from downtown San Diego: 24 miles
San Diego, California: Historical Attractions and Electric Nightlife in Southern California
San Diego's sunny, comfortably warm weather and 70 miles of coastline have long attracted vacationing out-of-towners, but the city's inland scene is no slouch, either. The Gaslamp Quarter is arguably one of the trendiest listings on the National Register of Historic Places. The area forms both the historic center of town and a hub of San Diego nightlife, with nearly 100 Victorian-era buildings now occupied by high-end boutiques, jewelers, and gourmet restaurants.
During the day, a stroll through iconic Balboa Park takes you past 17 separate museums, as well as the world-famous and much beloved San Diego Zoo. There's also the vibrant Spanish Village Art Center, a living gallery where local artists continuously produce pottery, handblown glass, and oil paintings for sale.
Farther north, in Old Town—site of the first European settlement in California—shops in Mission-style stucco buildings sell colorful wrestling masks, woven baskets, and maracas. Nearby stands The Whaley House Museum, dubbed one of the Most Terrifying Places in America by the Travel Channel. Ghosts of former residents are said to inhabit the rooms, which are filled with Victorian furniture, eerie dolls, and squeegees for ectoplasm cleanup.