Visiting San Diego

San Diego - where good vibes and awesomeness shine day and night!   

 

In addition to our outings and events, we've compiled some of the best things to see and experience in San Diego to help you plan your visit. Of course, we can't fit it all here, so make sure you check out Visit San Diego for more information.

 

Look no further than the Gaslamp District for your dining pleasure. Located just steps from the Hilton, the heart and soul of downtown San Diego is home to more than 100 restaurants, 80 boutiques, fine art galleries and artisan shops. The Gaslamp District is also home to more than 90 historic buildings, creating a breathtaking backdrop for a stroll.

 

San Diego’s most popular family attraction (and a big hit on the 2017 NEC networking tour!). Less than a 10-minute drive from the Hilton, create a lasting memory aboard the USS Midway, the longest-serving US Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th Century! Imagine living abroad in a floating city at sea with 4,500 shipmates by exploring the galleys, sleeping quarters, and the 4-acre flight deck. Admission includes a self-guided audio tour to over 60 locations from the engine room to the control tower, narrated by Midway sailors who lived or worked in each.

 

Just a 15–20-minute walk from the Hilton, Seaport Village is a lively waterfront destination featuring vibrant shops, enticing restaurants and bars, and breathtaking views of Coronado Bridge. With four miles of cobblestone pathways bordered by ponds, lakes, fountains, and colorful landscaping, plus a quarter-mile slate boardwalk along the San Diego Bay, it’s easy to enjoy wandering through the shops and taking in the scenery.  

 

A living legend for more than 130 years, the Hotel Del Coronado ("The Del") celebrates its rich history as the proud host to celebrities, royalty, U.S. Presidents, and beach-loving guests for generations. Built in 1888 by Elisha Babcock, Jr., and Hampton L. Story and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, this historic beach resort is a San Diego icon.

 

At the world-famous San Diego Zoo, you'll discover more than 3,500 animals of more than 650 rare and exotic species in a beautiful 100-acre tropical garden. Spectacular bioclimatic exhibits like Monkey Trails, Lost Forest, Elephant Odyssey, Gorilla Tropics, Sun Bear Forest, and Tiger River house endangered species in enclosures that mimic their natural habitats. Beyond viewing the vast range of animals, you can take a three-mile guided bus tour or ride the sky tram.

 

Right outside the Hilton, you can enjoy bay views as you walk or run along San Diego’s Embarcadero, which offers a concrete paved walkway that runs right along the waterfront. There are abundant opportunities along the Embarcadero to exercise and unwind outdoors. You can take a leisurely jog, brisk walk, or fun bike ride, all with beautiful San Diego Bay views. A good 5-mile workout starts at the San Diego Convention Center and continues along the bayfront walkway to the Maritime Museum before runners and walkers turn around for a faster pace back. Afterward, you can get in the spirit of Rocky Balboa running the 100-step staircase of the San Diego Convention Center. Located behind the center, the Embarcadero Marina Park South parcourse has stations for push-ups, dips, and pull-ups along with benches and picnic tables perfect for step-ups and box jumps. Bicyclists enjoy the scenic paths along the Embarcadero, and there are nearby bike shops to rent a variety of types including electric bikes.