In 2004 San Diego was named America’s second favorite city (behind Honolulu) by Travel and Leisure magazine. With over 70 miles of beaches, amazing restaurants and great shops and boutiques, it’s not hard to see why tourism is San Diego’s third largest industry. Conference delegates, vacationers and golfers are part of the over 25 million visitors who generate over 5 billion dollars annually in revenue.
Event Planning San Diego – Great Neighborhoods
Gaslamp District – The Gaslamp District is a 16 ½ block historical neighborhood in downtown San Diego. Complete with hotels, restaurants, bars and a convention center, the Gaslamp District has everything you need. Named for the gas lamps that once lined the boulevards (and still do), this delightful neighborhood of Victorian buildings was revitalized in the 1980’s and remains one of the most popular areas for locals and visitors alike.
La Jolla – It doesn’t get much prettier than this seaside community. Surrounded by beaches and bluffs on three sides, La Jolla has twice topped the list of the “most expensive housing market in the USA” and still sits in the top twenty. La Jolla is also home to the Museum of Contemporary Art which houses a permanent collection of over 3,500 American and European works including paintings, sculptures, photography and more.
Old Town – Considered the “birthplace” of California, Old Town San Diego is full of history and fun. Absolutely charming, the area includes 3 parks, over 150 shops and restaurants, 17 museums and historical sites and buildings. The artistic community is flourishing with theaters and galleries as well as live entertainment, mariachis, dancers and period attired tours.
There is no shortage of historical buildings in Old Town including the Whaley House. Named the most haunted house in the country (America’s Most Haunted, the Travel Channel); there have been numerous sightings since it first opened as a museum in 1960.
Event Planning San Diego – Professional Sports Teams
So in addition to the seaside, the beautiful weather and the charm, San Diego is also home to multiple professional sports teams.
San Diego Padres – Part of the National League Western Division, the Padres have been playing in San Diego since 1969 and have won the NL pennant twice (losing both trips to the World Series). PETCO Park, an open air ballpark located near the Gaslamp District, is home to the Padres and opened in 2004.
San Diego Chargers – Led by quarterback Phillip Rivers, the Chargers (or as Chris “Boomer” Berman calls them “♫San Diego ♪♫Super ♫♪Chargers♪”) moved from LA to San Diego in 1961. The Chargers are part of the Western Division of the AFC. Playing at Qualcomm Stadium which has a capacity of over 70,000, the stadium is also home to the San Diego State University Aztecs and has hosted multiple bowl games.
Whether you’re considering San Diego for a family vacation or for a conference for thousands, it’s a fantastic destination that has something for everyone. So get planning and enjoy!