DisneyLand totally rocked too, and I'd recommend it highly.
But if you're used to SFFT, then SFMM would probably make you think you'd done something wrong...you'd feel *punished*.
P.S. I'm not "from SoCal", it's just my home-away-from-home...;)
Knots would be a great park to go to, but don't waste your time with Sea World if you already been to a hometown one.
In San Diego, don't miss Balboa Park (free pipe organ concerts on Sundays @ 2P). Old Town is fun in a touristy way. The Midway aircraft carrier museum just opened along the harbor. I think it's only $8.
You can get some eats at the Gaslamp near downtown or even catch a ballgame if you are into that.
For the beach, go to Torrey Pines. Hit up Torrey Pines State Park while you are at it. Gorgeous scenery. La Jolla and Del Mar are nice to check out too. Point Loma lighthouse, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, both worth a visit.
If you are REALLY bold, look up Tacos El Gordo in National City (H Street just off the 5 freeway)...best tacos EVER.
PS...If you are bringing dogs, let me know, I can tell you where to take them too. *** Edited 6/9/2004 6:45:46 PM UTC by janfrederick***
Also, I am not a SoCal person, I was in the LA area last summer, and did the drive from SD to LA about 5 years ago.
I've done the drive from SD to Orange county in 1 1/2hrs. Even with traffic, I don't think it should take more than 2hrs.
And if you don't have time to check out all of Balboa Park, definitely at least check out the world famous San Diego Zoo. Not your typical zoo, absolutely amazing and beautiful beyond description. The kids and grandparents will love it!
If you're a credit whore, definitely take a few spins on Giant Dipper at Belmont Park. Nice beach area, and GD is a pretty rockin' little woodie for it's small size.
I would recommend going up to Point Loma, which is the most southwestern point in the continental U.S. It offers a great view of the harbor and the naval base. Don't forget to drive across the awesome Coronado Bay Bridge!
If you do hit Belmont, pop across the street to Roberto's for some Mexican food. Not quite as good as Tacos El Gordo, but not bad (can you tell I like Mexican food?).
Another option is Da Kine's a few blocks North up Mission in Pacific Beach (take the beach path). This is a traditional Hawaiian Plate lunch joint. Good eats. Be warned, Hawaiians like their spam. :) Check out the Loco Moco--two hamburger patties served on a mound of steamed rice and topped with fried eggs and gravy with a side of macaroni salad.
You can forget about trying to surf after that! ;)
(or fitting an Intamin) *** Edited 6/9/2004 10:33:25 PM UTC by janfrederick***
If you ever make it back up to the Bay Area, let me know, I'll turn you on to some great places around San Jose!
A visit to Disneyland is a must if you have never been there. It's a classic and even if you have been to WDW, there's nothing like visiting the place that started it all. Plus it's got the first tubular steel coaster with the Matterhorn!
Legoland is another park that deserves high consideration. I thought it would be a place that only kids would find interesting, but I have been there numerous times now and have never been bored. They have some unique rides that you tend not to see at other parks, beautiful scenery and the lego buildings are pretty darn cool too. The coasters, while not super thrilling are nicely done as well. I think all ages can find something they like here so it is an especially good choice for multiple age ranges.
Belmont Park is a must do for a coaster enthusiast. It;s a great beach to people watch too and it won't take too much time out of your day. You can ride the coaster, enjoy the beach a little while and leave.
Balboa Park/San Diego Zoo/Museums - There are lots of things to do in Balboa Park. They have some great museums including art, science, space/flight and even one on trains. The zoo is one of the best in the world and is quite large. If you can spend any time at Balboa park, do so. It's a great place.
La Bamba that is...ah hell, I think I'll make a run there today! *** Edited 6/10/2004 3:41:42 PM UTC by janfrederick***
I'll definitely have to check out La Bamba sometime. Thanks for the tip!
Just so this can't be classified as a highjack, can anyone confirm if Spellbreaker opened this season? There were rumors last year that it was going to be removed. Just wondering, short coaster but big on the fun factor, hope it's still there. thanks!
edit: Might be wise to add here that SPs in the Busch chain don't operate like SPs in other chains...some (Platinum, I think) will get you into other parks for free, but most won't...;)
Oh, and SeaWorld *is* part of the Busch chain.
*** Edited 6/10/2004 6:15:48 PM UTC by rollergator***
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