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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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    Where to Shop for Gifts in San Diego | Holiday Shopping Guide

    October 03

    For anyone planning a vacation to InterContinental San Diego this holiday season, there is no shortage of ways to get in the spirit. While the California town doesn’t always look the part thanks to its lack of snow, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t go all out for the holidays. Check out memorable festive events, or find delicious seasonally appropriate treats. For anyone looking to tackle their holiday shopping, you won’t have any trouble finding where to shop in San Diego for everyone on your list.

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    Celebrate the Season with Holiday Events in San Diego

    October 02

    With fall settling in, families across the country start looking ahead to all the fun the end of the year brings. Now is the perfect time to make your plans to spend some time this holiday season at InterContinental San Diego. Our luxury bayfront hotel is the ideal home base for anyone looking to add a bit of extra excitement to their winter plans. Make the most out of your getaway by checking out some of the festive holiday events in the San Diego region.

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    Start Your Day with a Decadent Brunch at a San Diego Spot

    September 03

    One of the best things about vacation is being able to ignore everyday rules, like setting an alarm. There’s nothing better after a night out checking out San Diego bars and clubs than sleeping in, especially on the weekend. When you’re ready to start your day, head out from InterContinental San Diego to one of the phenomenal brunch spots in town. Some may be even closer than you think.

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    What to Know about San Diego Whale Watching Season

    September 02

    Just like people head south to avoid the cold of winter, so do several animals, including whales. For anyone booking their stay at InterContinental San Diego over the winter, you are visiting during peak whale watching season. There are several ways to catch glimpses of these majestic creatures. Our team has compiled a handy guide of all you need to know to set off on your whale adventure.

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    Save on Your Fun with Free Things to Do in San Diego

    September 01

    One of the best things about San Diego is the variety of adventures you’ll find here. The coastal California town is home to everything from entertaining comedy clubs to breathtaking hiking trails, there’s a little bit of everything. There are also some incredible free things to do in San Diego, many of which are near your luxurious room at InterContinental San Diego. On your next stay, try to work some of these activities into your itinerary to make your budget go the extra mile.

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    Where to Catch a Show | San Diego Civic Theatre & More

    August 03

    While known for its idyllic weather and miles of shoreline, there is so much more to discover in San Diego. The popular California town has become a top vacation destination for everyone, from families to couples, for a reason. Located right on the waterfront, InterContinental San Diego is the perfect home base for everyone. On your next visit, experience part of the city’s art culture at performance spaces like the San Diego Civic Theatre and more.

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    Save Money without Sacrificing Fun | San Diego Kids Free October

    August 02

    Between travel and accommodations, vacations can add up quickly. However, there are ways to save a few bucks without skimping on fun. If you’re trying to plan a stay this fall at InterContinental San Diego, take advantage of San Diego Kids Free by booking your getaway for October. Throughout the month, countless adventures the whole family will love are free for the youngest travelers.

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    Discover Incredible Talent at San Diego Art Museums

    August 01

    No matter where your interests lie, there is something in San Diego that fits the bill. The coastal California town is perfect for everyone, from people looking to spend time out on the open water to those more interested in unique attractions. By staying at InterContinental San Diego, every type of adventure imaginable is close by. If you’re looking for something to do indoors, spend some time checking out the numerous art museums in San Diego.

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    Look at Them Go | What to Know about the Del Mar Racing Season

    July 03

    San Diego is known for attractions like Balbo Park, the USS Midway Museum, and countless unique neighborhoods. However, there is so much more to see in and around this California town when staying at InterContinental San Diego. Set off on entertaining day trips to explore all that makes this region unique. Depending on when you visit, you might be able to enjoy some of the Del Mar racing season.

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    Try Something New on a San Diego Food Tour

    July 02

    In order to have the best vacation possible, you need to be properly fueled. For those staying at InterContinental San Diego, there are several incredible restaurants right at the hotel. However, there are delicious places to eat no matter where you turn. Whether popping into a coffee shop for a morning pick-me-up or the corner bistro for a mid-day snack, the possibilities are endless. One of the best ways to experience the flavors of San Diego is on a food tour.

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    Where to Enjoy Retail Therapy Shopping in San Diego

    July 01

    You never know what you’ll stumble upon as you wander the streets of San Diego. After dropping your bags off in your room at InterContinental San Diego, there’s nothing better than setting off on memorable adventures. Wander around Balbo Park, or go for a cruise on the crystal waters of San Diego Bay. If you feel like enjoying a bit of retail therapy, hit up some of the best shopping spots in San Diego.

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    Get Something Sweet at a San Diego Bakery

    June 02

    From upgrading your room at InterContinental San Diego to booking a rejuvenating spa service, there is no shortage of ways to pamper yourself when vacationing in San Diego. Whatever your version of self-care and treating yourself looks like, there is something in this California town that fits the bill. If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, head to an indulgent San Diego bakery. These spots are also perfect for a sugar rush to start your morning.

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    Spend Time Outdoors at the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge

    June 01

    No matter where you turn, there is something new to discover when staying at InterContinental San Diego. Located along the downtown waterfront, our luxurious hotel is the ideal home base for everyone from families to couples. One of the best things to do during your stay with us is to spend as much time as possible soaking in the sunshine. For an outdoor adventure away from the beach, head to the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

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    Have the Ultimate Fourth of July in San Diego

    May 03

    Few things scream summer as much as Independence Day celebrations. If you’re traveling over the Fourth of July to Intercontinental San Diego this year, you won’t miss out on any of the fun. This California town knows how to put on incredible events that appeal to visitors of all ages. Have fun exploring the city and all its activities during the day before the real festivities begin as the sun sinks into the bay.

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    What to Do on a Memorable San Diego Honeymoon

    May 02

    Your wedding day is one of the happiest days of your life, but it also requires a lot of planning. This is why after the “I do’s” have been said and the last dance has been danced, it is important to go on a relaxing getaway. If you’re trying to figure out where to go on your honeymoon, be sure to add San Diego to your list. From sophisticated accommodations at InterContinental San Diego to romantic things to do, this California town has everything you need for an unforgettable start to your lives together.

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    Take to the Waters on San Diego Sailing Tours

    May 01

    There’s something tranquil about basking in the warm sunshine while a gentle breeze rocks your boat on the San Diego Bay. Up the relaxation factor by letting someone else worry about navigating the vessel by heading out on a guided tour. There are several sailing tours that set off from docks near InterContinental San Diego, making this outing an easy addition to your itinerary.

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    Where to Hear Incredible Live Music in San Diego

    April 03

    No matter where you turn in San Diego, there is something new to discover, including talented local artists. Set off on two feet or two wheels to wander the local art galleries found near InterContinental San Diego. If your preferred art form is live music, countless places throughout San Diego are known for world-class lineups.

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    Tee Off at the Best Golf Courses in San Diego

    April 02

    From sunrise to sunset, there is no shortage of ways to fill your days with fun on a San Diego getaway. Thanks to its wide variety of activities and attractions, this coastal California town is perfect for all vacationers, from solo travelers to families. In addition to things like museums, arcades, and other attractions, InterContinental San Diego is also close to some of the best golf courses in San Diego.

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    Enjoy Views and Drinks at San Diego Gaslamp Rooftop Bars

    April 01

    The San Diego skyline comes alive when the sun sets. While you can experience the breathtaking sight from InterContinental San Diego, there are also several ways to take in the views while exploring this California city. Go high above the San Diego streets by visiting one of the rooftop bars found in the popular Gaslamp Quarter to enjoy stunning views and incredible drinks.

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    Set Off Two Wheels | A Guide to Biking in San Diego

    March 03

    When visiting San Diego, there are countless ways to get outside and soak in the California sunshine. Relax by the rooftop pool at InterContinental San Diego, or discover all there is to do and see at the waterfront Embarcadero. There are also plenty of things to do for those who love to find ways to sneak workouts into their vacations. Biking the trails in San Diego is a great way to explore while working up a sweat.

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    Take Aim | Go Axe Throwing in San Diego

    March 02

    Whether visiting for a week or weekend, with friends or with family, there is no better place to call home in San Diego than InterContinental San Diego. Conveniently located near the San Diego airport, our luxurious hotel puts you near everything you need to make the most out of your time in this California town. Between spending time on the water or wandering the unique neighborhoods, have fun checking out unique and fun things to do in San Diego, like axe throwing.

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    See What You Can Find at a San Diego Swap Meet

    March 01

    Sometimes one of the best things to do on vacation is to treat yourself to some retail therapy. For those staying at InterContinental San Diego, there are incredible local and well-known brands all around you. Set off on foot to wander in and out of charming shops. If you’re looking for a unique shopping experience, make your saw to a San Diego swap meet.

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    Look at That | A Guide of Must-See San Diego Landmarks

    February 03

    From unique neighborhoods to stunning natural attractions, there is no shortage of places to explore on your San Diego escape. These areas are home to incredible things to do that are sure to keep every visitor entertained. In addition to memorable activities, San Diego is also home to landmarks, both recognizable and unique. On your next stay at InterContinental San Diego, set off to see how many of these attractions you can find.

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    See Who Comes Out on Top Bowling in San Diego

    February 02

    Despite its laid-back atmosphere, San Diego is filled with countless adventures, many of which are only a short distance from the luxurious InterContinental San Diego. When planning your stay at our downtown hotel, try to include a mix of different things to do on your itinerary. For a fun but competitive outing, see who comes out on top bowling at a local San Diego spot.

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    Go Shopping at a San Diego Farmers’ Market

    February 01

    When wandering around the area that surrounds InterContinental San Diego, you never know what you might stumble upon. The neighborhoods that make up this California town have it all, from world-class restaurants to fascinating museums to lively bars. There are also several parks and greenspaces in town that are the perfect spot for a picnic lunch. Create your ideal picnic basket with ingredients found at a San Diego Farmers’ Market.

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    Feel a Rush at Amusement Parks in San Diego

    January 03

    No matter the length of your stay, there’s no better place to call home in San Diego than InterContinental San Diego. Not only will you have a relaxing space to call home, but you’ll also be close to all kinds of adventures. Set out to explore the unique neighborhoods or discover some of the more unique attractions in town. For a truly memorable outing, visit some of the amusement parks in San Diego.

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    What to Know about San Diego Trolley Lines

    January 02

    San Diego is filled with countless adventures, many of which are only a short distance away from your room at InterContinental San Diego. Located on the downtown waterfront, our luxury hotel is within walking distance of some of the most popular attractions in town. However, if you feel like checking out a different way of exploring, look no further than the San Diego trolley lines.

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    Where to Get Incredible Views of the San Diego Skyline

    January 01

    By booking your stay at InterContinental San Diego, you’ll have a luxurious yet cozy place to call home. One of the biggest features of our accommodations is the floor-to-ceiling windows found in every room. Start and end your day with breathtaking views of San Diego from the comfort of your home away from home. However, there are countless other ways to experience the beauty of the San Diego Skyline.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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