What is the best way to see San Diego in two days?

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Two days in San Diego isn’t nearly a long enough amount of time to soak up the sights and attractions this sunny SoCal city is famous for. Spend the first day swimming at one of the city’s many scenic beaches, an afternoon at the San Diego Zoo and enjoy a meal or two alfresco-style. Leave the second day to explore San Diego’s massive and serene Balboa Park. Home to 15 major museums, world-class botanical gardens, a number of performing arts venues and a dog park, as well as a great restaurant and cafes, the options are limitless when it comes to what to see and do at this 1,200-acre National Historic Landmark and nationwide attraction. Depending on which time of year you visit San Diego, Balboa Park also hosts a number of festivals, including December Nights, a very popular (and free) event that kicks off the holiday season, drawing in tourists and locals in droves to see the stunning cream-colored Spanish-Renaissance-style buildings all lit up.

While you’re in Balboa Park, catch a show at the internationally acclaimed Old Globe, one of the country’s most renowned regional theaters. The Globe puts on 15 plays and musicals annually, from Broadway hits to Shakespeare classics, the latter of which can be seen at the highly anticipated annual Summer Shakespeare Festival.

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