For fans of sunny weather, impressive ocean drives and shoreline sunsets, Southern California is calling to be explored from the open road. Fly into San Diego International Airport, pick up your rental car and get ready to experience San Diego — where the weather’s nearly always nice and scenic routes to nearby attractions are plentiful.
From cruising through the heart of the city’s family-friendly sights to beach-hopping (and eating) along the Pacific coast, San Diego offers a diverse set of driving tours for adventurers to choose from. Hit the road on any of these four itineraries, and you’ll be en route to a memorable Golden State vacation.
Tour 1: Explore the Heart of San Diego in Balboa Park and Little Italy
Begin by driving to the crown jewel of San Diego: Balboa Park. Located off Interstate 5 and Highway 163, just about a mile northeast of downtown, this expansive park was built to host the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, which celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal and promoted San Diego as the first U.S. port of call for ships headed north after passing through the canal.