Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Mission Bay
When you stay at the Best Western Mission Bay, you’ll be less than a 15-minute drive from such popular attractions as the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, and the city’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. The hotel’s Spanish Mission design belies its modern amenities, which range from free high-speed Internet to an outdoor hot tub.
- Complimentary continental breakfast: Start the day with fresh fruit, pastries, and coffee.
- Make a splash in the outdoor heated pool and spa.
- Comfy accommodations feature cable TV, microwaves, and refrigerators.
- Fitness center packed with cardio and strength-training equipment
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 the trendiest listing 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 occupied by high-end boutiques, jewelers, and gourmet restaurants.
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 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.