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San Diego is a dynamic city brimming with exciting things to see and do, most within a mile from the InterContinental San Diego. Take a look at some of our insider tips sure to enhance your stay.

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    The Ultimate Guide to The Embarcadero and the Surrounding Area

    January 26

    San Diego is steeped in maritime history, and there’s no shortage of ways to explore this history when staying at InterContinental San Diego. From exploring museums like the USS Midway to sailing the shores on a bay cruise, you can fill your itinerary with ways to experience past and present-day maritime adventures. Located near our downtown hotel sits San Diego’s Embarcadero, an area filled with activities and attractions everyone will enjoy.

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    See It All on the Best Walking Tours in San Diego

    January 26

    With so much to do and see when visiting San Diego, you need a hotel that’ll put you close to all of the top attractions and activities. Thanks to its prime downtown location, that’s precisely what you get when you stay at InterContinental San Diego. Staying at our downtown luxury hotel puts you within minutes of everything you need to make the most out of your vacation. One of the best ways to explore the top sights in San Diego is on guided walking tours.

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    Learn Something New at the Best Museums in San Diego

    February 04

    If you’re looking for a vacation destination that’s equal parts relaxation and adventure, look no further than San Diego. This California town has something for everyone, from fantastic hiking trails to unique attractions. Be close to it all by staying at InterContinental San Diego. Enjoy being within walking distance from some of the top area attractions, including some of the best museums found in San Diego.

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    Hiking Los Peñasquitos Canyon Trail

    July 27

    Located just north of San Diego, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Trail is the perfect place to get outside and appreciate nature far away from the crowds. At 7.3 miles long, this path is easy and accessible, with terrain well-suited for beginners. Featuring scenery and simplicity, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Trail is perfect for families as well as pets!

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    Walk Through Time in the Gaslamp District

    April 06

    Spring into gear and take yourself for a walk through San Diego's Gaslamp District. Well known as a historical neighborhood, a walk around the storied streets will ease you back to the late 1800s. 

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    Tidepooling Adventures with Birch Aquarium

    March 02

    Let's go tide-pooling! March is the last month to enjoy the short season of minus tides. These are the times when the water stays below average low-tide depth, making it an ideal time to explore the marine life teeming in the tide pools left behind. 

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    San Diego Museums on the Cheap

    February 03

    It's museum month in San Diego and we're here to give you the inside scoop on where to go to take full advantage of the city's annual invitation. From the 1st to the 29th, more than 40 museums will open their doors to visitors for half the price of regular admission.

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    Poway Winter Festival

    January 06

    Experience winter like never before at the Poway Winter Festival. Friday, January 10 from 5 to 9 pm and Saturday, January 11 from 3:30 to 8:30 pm, the North Inland destination will wrap you in the magic of the season by creating snow where there isn't any!

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    San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

    December 02

    Float down to the bay to watch San Diego's 48th annual Parade of Lights. Scheduled to begin at 5 pm on two magical winter evenings, December 8th and 15th, the parade is a popular tradition that has dazzled crowds more than 100 thousand strong.

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    Don't Miss the Obvious at Balboa Park

    November 01

    Sometimes we miss the most obvious things by putting them off until tomorrow. But why put off until spring, what you can do today? Balboa Park invites you to wander and wonder in its 1,200-acres of glorious green.

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    San Diego International Film Festival

    October 01

    Five days of film premieres, swanky parties, and star-gazing begin October 15th in the heart of downtown San Diego and La Jolla. A coveted spot on the independent festival circuit, the San Diego International Film Festival draws film crews, crowds, and critics alike to catch never before seen studio releases.

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    Torrey Pines State Reserve

    September 02

    Two-thousand acres of preserved rugged Pacific coastline beg you to visit. North of La Jolla, the Torrey Pines State Reserve is a dramatic cliff-side landmark affording incredible ocean views amidst endangered trees unique to this stunning shoreline.

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    Catch the Bodysurfing World Championships

    August 01

    Experts insist it's as natural and as easily learned as any sport. But for those who are simply in awe of the idea of throwing yourself into a crashing wave without a board, well, perhaps it's better to watch the pros pull the stunt before jumping in. 

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    Seadragons & Seahorses at Birch Aquarium

    July 01

    If you think you're too old to visit the aquarium, think again! San Diego's Birch Aquarium has opened a brand new exhibit that is bound to dazzle your senses.

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    Festival of the Arts

    June 03

    Follow your 'art' to San Diego's Festival of the Arts, beginning June 8 and running through the weekend. Positioned right on the bay in Waterfront Park, you can't beat the setting for this incredible display of local and regional artists.

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    Discover La Jolla's "Secret Swings"

    May 01

    It doesn't take much effort to find fun in a city practically dripping with sunshine. But we've found a spot that might raise your fun to new heights. 

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    Take a Trolley Tour

    April 01

    Hop on one of San Diego's Old Town Trolleys and see the very best "America's Finest City" has to offer.

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    Walk Through a Blooming Rainbow

    March 04

    Every March, for sixty years, the rolling hills of North San Diego County have burst into bloom to celebrate spring. The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch began as a working farm, growing flowers for profit, but the fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus were too beautiful not to share!

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    Whale Watch During Migration Season

    February 01

    While San Diego may be less crowded this season, it's migration season for whales. That means there's heavy traffic in the high seas and high time for you and yours to get out there and see them!

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    Spectacular San Diego Sunsets

    January 01

    Smaller crowds, more vivid sunsets, and temperate weather in the 60’s and 70’s make winter in southern California one of the best times to visit. And you'll be able to take advantage of all three during your stay at the InterContinental San Diego.

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    A Family Adventure in Balboa Park

    December 03

    You and the kids could easily spend an entire day at Balboa Park — and still come back for more. For starters, you have the San Diego Zoo, voted the best in the world. More than just lions, tigers and bears, the zoo features more than 3,700 animals from more than 660 species.

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