Let it never be said of a San Diego vacation that there’s simply not enough to do. There are plenty of attractions that everyone knows about — the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, the beach, and Balboa Park. But this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to everything San Diego has to offer. If you’re looking for attractions off the beaten path, the area certainly has you covered. Here are a few of our favorite San Diego attractions that might not make the first few pages of a tourism brochure.
Old Town itself is a fairly popular San Diego attraction. This historic park marks San Diego’s first settlement from 1769. At the time, it was no more than a mission and a fort, so the park gives tourists an interesting glimpse into how far the city has come, as well as delicious margaritas. But that’s not all there is to Old Town. Here you can find Victorian Village, full of elegant, colorful Victorian homes to delight architecture buffs and history buffs alike. This gives visitors a sense of walking through San Diego in the late 19th century. You can even stop in for tea.
Located off La Jolla Cove, Sunny Jim Cave is the only sea cave in California that is accessed by land. You start at the storefront entrance, where you can purchase artwork, jewelry, or snorkel gear. From there, you exit through the back of the shop and walk 145 steps down to the sea cave. Its colors are stunning, and the narrow tunnel will help you to really feel like an explorer as you tour this cave. It was named Sunny Jim by L. Frank Baum, the author of the Wizard of Oz series. He thought the mouth of the cave looked like the profile of Sunny Jim, a 1920s British cereal mascot, and the name stuck.
Looking for something to get the goosebumps going on your arm? The Travel Channel has recognized the Whaley House as the “most haunted home in the United States,” and it’s been featured on Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural. The home was first owned by Thomas Whaley and his family in 1857, and even then, it’s rumored that the family heard heavy footsteps throughout the home. Visitors who see the house now have claimed to see the spirit of Thomas Whaley himself, or his wife Anna.
A unique San Diego vacation calls for unique accommodations. The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla is a historic building first built as a private home in 1913. Our rooms all have their own character, and we offer several specials and enhancing add-ons to make your stay truly your own. And don’t forget, when you book direct with us, we’ll price match the cost of your room and even throw in a 5% discount. Ready to start planning a San Diego vacation that’s outside the norm? Contact us today to book your stay.