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Visiting the San Diego Metropolitan Area

There isn’t a bad time of year to visit San Diego and surrounding communities like Oceanside, Escondido, and El Cajon – but there’s no better time than summer. Not only are famous beaches like Mission Beach and iconic attractions like SeaWorld San Diego and the San Diego Zoo that much more inviting, the paradisiacal weather also prompts the people the Plymouth of the West to stage more special events, festivals, big-league sports games, and outdoor activities than any other time of year.

Soak up some southern California sunshine at Petco Park at a San Diego Padres home game. Check the schedule during your SD visit to enjoy America’s Pastime – the Pads swing for the fences through the end of September. After the game, stroll through the lively Gaslamp Quarter, where countless bars, restaurants, and retail shops line the streets, along with gaslamp-style lanterns and the classic architecture of a bygone era.

Self-proclaimed “nerds” gather for one of San Diego’s biggest events of the year, July 21st through 24th. Held at the San Diego Convention Center, the 2015 Comic-Con International: San Diego is the country's largest pop culture event, promising workshops, discussion panels, and celebrity meet-and-greets.

Music lovers won’t want to miss the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Season. From the 4th of July to Labor Day, the San Diego Symphony performs numerous concerts under the stars along San Diego Bay.

North of San Diego, the community of La Jolla boasts several spectacular beaches with smaller crowds – even in the summer. La Jolla Cove Beach is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and SCUBA diving and the adjacent Scripps Park is a great place for an afternoon picnic with an ocean breeze. The park also provides access to a rocky bit of shoreline where crashing waves put on quite a show at high tide. Or, for a quick seaside hike with a picturesque view as a reward, check out North Bluff Preserve, just north via Camino Del Mar.

The long wait football fans have endured comes to an end in mid August, when the San Diego Chargers host preseason action at Qualcomm Stadium. On August 13th the Dallas Cowboys come to challenge in the first preason game of the year, and the regular season kicks off on September 13th as the Chargers face off against the visiting Detroit Lions.

San Diego Metropolitan Area Hotel Map

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26 Best Western Hotels
in San Diego Metropolitan Area

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    Beach View Lodge

    Carlsbad

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    Chula Vista Inn

    Chula Vista

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    Otay Valley Hotel

    Chula Vista

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    South Bay Inn

    Chula Vista

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    Suites Hotel Coronado Island

    Coronado

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    Continental Inn

    El Cajon

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    Courtesy Inn

    El Cajon

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    Encinitas Inn & Suites at Moonlight Beach

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    Escondido Hotel

    Escondido

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    Inn by the Sea

    La Jolla

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    Marina Gateway Hotel

    National City

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    Oceanside Inn

    Oceanside

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    Oceanside Palms

    Oceanside

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    Poway/San Diego Hotel

    Poway

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    Americana Inn

    San Diego

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    Cabrillo Garden Inn

    San Diego

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    Golden Triangle Inn

    San Diego

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    Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU

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    Mission Bay

    San Diego

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    Bayside Inn

    San Diego

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    Hacienda Hotel Old Town

    San Diego

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    Island Palms Hotel & Marina

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    San Diego/Miramar Hotel

    San Diego

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    Seven Seas

    San Diego

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    Yacht Harbor Hotel

    San Diego

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    Santee Lodge

    Santee

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San Diego Metropolitan Area Events

June 2015

June 5 - July 5, 2015
2015 San Diego County Fair

San Diego's annual county fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is the largest fair in California.

July 2015

July 11 - 19, 2015
2015 Annual Over The Line Tourney

Mission Bay's Fiesta Island in San Diego hosts this bat and ball tournament, routinely called one of the last great Southern California traditions.

July 21 - 24, 2015
Comic-Con International

The country's largest pop culture event returns to the San Diego Convention Center.

July 18 & 19, 2015
2015 Festival of the Bells

This annual festival celebrates the anniversary of the founding of California's first mission, the Mission San Diego de Alcala.

July - September 2015
San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Season

From the 4th of July to Labor Day, the San Diego Symphony performs numerous concerts under the stars along San Diego Bay.

August 2015

August 8, 2015
Farm to Bay Food & Wine Classic

Celebrate the sights, sounds, and flavors of San Diego at this Chula Vista event.

August 22 - 23, 2015
39th Annual World Bodysurfing Championships

U.S. and international body surfers compete at the Oceanside Pier and Beach.

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