Hotel at a Glance: Pacific Shores Inn
Mission Boulevard, which runs along the Pacific Coast before terminating at the tip of the peninsula in Mission Bay, is one of San Diego’s most famous thoroughfares. The Pacific Shores Inn sits right on Mission Boulevard, just a half-block from the ocean.
- Complimentary continental breakfast served each morning
- Go for a swim in the heated outdoor pool.
- In-room amenities: refrigerator, microwave, cable TV
- Distance from the San Diego Zoo: 12 miles
- Notable accolade: TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2013
- Distance from downtown San Diego: about 10 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 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.