Top 5 Views in San Diego Based on Activity

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At the Marina Inn in downtown San Diego, we understand the concept of “different strokes for different folks.” Everyone wants a great view of San Diego, but not everyone wants to get there the same way. Depending upon your desired activity, we have put together a list of the best views in the county to help you plan a successful San Diego vacation.

Day Trip: If you’re vacationing near San Diego’s Balboa Park, it would be a shame if you missed out on the beautiful Botanical Building, which was built in 1915. The giant wooden dome is one of the largest lath structures in the world and houses more than 2,000 wondrous plants. Another famed site is the adjacent lily pond in which you can see turtle, koi, and flowers galore! After enjoying the views and beautiful outdoors, spend the rest of the day checking out the Balboa Park museums.

Hike: Cowles Mountain has a summit reaching nearly 1,600 feet, making it the highest peak in the city of San Diego. The hiking trail to the top is a challenging 3 mile uphill trek, but the uncontested panoramic view of San Diego is well worth the sweat.

Night Out: Bertrand Mister A’s has long been touted as having the best view of the San Diego skyline. Located on the 12th floor of the 5th Avenue Financial Center building, this restaurant offers fine dining with friendly service and an outdoor balcony that can’t be beat.

Shopping: If you’re staying at one of the hotels near Seaport Village in downtown San Diego, be sure to stop by the quaint bayside shopping area. Not only are you up close to San Diego’s Big Bay but you can also bask in the beautiful views of the downtown cityscape and the Coronado Bridge.

Beach Bum: Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach didn’t get its name by accident. There is a constant flow of photographers and artists setting up shop along its rocky cliffs come sunset just to get that perfect shot of a seagull, surfer or swimsuit clad model. If you wander around you’re sure to find some caves to explore or tiny patches of secluded beach space.

If you’re looking to experience some of California’s best views, there’s no better place than America’s Finest City. Start planning your vacation today and contact a Marina Inn Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933.

Where to Break a Sweat without Breaking the Bank

Expensive “boutique” San Diego fitness classes are on the rise, including laugh yoga and aerial silks. When did it all get so complicated and so pricey? The downtown San Diego hotel, Marina Inn, wants to bring it back to the basics and show visiting and local San Diegans how to work out while having fun and saving their hard earned cash.

  • “Play out.” Instead of looking at fitness as work, consider bringing the kids to one of the many Balboa Park playgrounds for a play-inspired sweat sesh. With five beautiful playgrounds to choose from there is sure to be plenty of wide open space, Morley Field even has a 2-mile fitness track. Join your kids on the playground to get in a great workout while having a good time. Here’s an idea for a fun “play out” circuit: swing across the monkey bars two times, 10 incline push-ups against a park bench, knees-to-chest on a an unmoving swing.
  • Convention Center. The San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) is an adult’s fitness wonderland. Running the 100-step staircase will surely get your heart rate soaring and if you continue to the observation deck you will be well rewarded with spectacular San Diego Bay views.  The SDCC is also close to breezy bayside jogging trails that take you through the South Embarcadero Park or Seaport Village. Since all of these workouts are free of charge, we consider this one of the Convention Center discounts you can’t pass up.
  • Free yoga. San Diego is home to a plethora of free fitness classes, one of the most common being yoga. Lululemon offers free yoga classes every Saturday morning in San Diego, Carlsbad and La Jolla but they’re first come first serve and fill up fast. Corepower Yoga also offers free beginner classes Saturday through Monday at their Hillcrest, Mission Valley, La Jolla and Point Loma locations (check studio for specific times).

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