Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Marina Gateway San Diego
The Best Western Marina Gateway San Diego hasn't been around for long—it's practically brand-new—but it till managed to earn a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013. The hotel is situated in National City, just a few minutes south of San Diego's city center and near Sea World and the Gaslamp Quarter.
- Sports bar and comfort food onsite at Buster's Beach House
- Take a dip in the outdoor pool and spa; there's also a hot tub.
- Get in a workout at the fitness center.
- Driving time to San Diego Zoo: 10 minutes
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.