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Visiting San Diego Metropolitan Area

Classic Southern CaliforniaSan Diego. Well known for its laid-back lifestyle, beaches and fun attractions, San Diego is at its best in summer. Visit now and enjoy the surf and sand at popular white sand beaches including Coronado, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach and La Jolla. Join family and friends at summer attractions including Carlsbad's Legoland California, SeaWorld San Diego, and Del Mar Racetrack. Enjoy America's favorite passtime with family and friends at Petco Park cheering on the San Diego Padres. Or get outside and enjoy San Diego's ideal weather with a walk, run or bike through Balboa Park. Don't forget the many San Diego summer festivals and events including the San Diego County Fair.

No need to leave the family dog at home while you visit San Diego. Check-in a pet-friendly Sand Diego Hotel – there are more than 25 Best Western locations in the area, and head for one of San Diego’s dog-friendly parks or beaches. Ocean Beach Dog Beach is off-leash 24 hours a day. Mission Bay Park is open for off-leash dogs from 6am to 10pm. Or visit Coronado and the North Beach dog run next to the US Naval Station entrance at the north end of the beach.

Balboa Park features two dog parks. Morley Field is at the north end of the park, north west of Morley Field tennis courts, and Nate’s Point is on the west side of Balboa Park off Balboa Drive and El Prado, to the south of Cabrillo Bridge. Explore San Diego with your family and man’s best friend.

For August visitors, visit the 7th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer, near Carlsbad and Encinitas. Dog Days is a southern California street fair for dogs and dog lovers. Set for August 11th, the festival opens with the Blessing of the Animals, followed by contests, live entertainment and booths.

The 2012 San Diego County Fair celebrates the theme, Out of This World. Held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in northern San Diego County, the fair runs June 8th through July 4th, and is open daily except Monday’s. For the hungry, the Del Mar Diner features Deep Fried Tang, Flying Saucer Sopes and Deep Fried Chili Asteroids. And be sure to visit the Bacon-A Fair if bacon is on your list.

Entertainment options abound at San Diego County Fair, from concerts by Demi Lovato to Horse Shows and Swifty Swine races. Take in exhibits of the best southern California agriculture, livestock and homemade goods; enjoy traditional midway games and amusement rides; and check out the special World Trade Center exhibit of artifacts on the south side of the Chevrolet Del Mar Arena – it’s all about family fun at the fair.

Horse racing fans, this is the season ‘where the turf meets the surf at Del Mar’, as Bing Crosby sang. The 2012 Del Mar racetrack season is July 18th through September 5th. Join the crowds for the One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats contest, on opening day and kick off the season. Del Mar’s richest race is the Pacific Classic on Sunday, August 26th, where you see many of the top Thoroughbreds race. Don’t miss the horses at Del Mar this season.

San Diego Metropolitan Area Hotel Map

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26 Best Western Hotels
in San Diego Metropolitan Area

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Beach View Lodge

    Carlsbad

  • BEST WESTERN
    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

  • BEST WESTERN
    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 Hotel

    Oceanside

  • BEST WESTERN
    Poway/San Diego Hotel

    Poway

  • BEST WESTERN
    Americana 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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    Cabrillo Garden 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

  • BEST WESTERN
    Santee Lodge

    Santee

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San Diego Metropolitan Area Events

December 2014

December 27, 2014
San Diego Holiday Bowl

One of college football's biggest post-season bowls kicks off at Qualcomm Stadium. Root for your favorite Pac-10 or Big-12 team playing the game.

December 14 & 21, 2014
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Starting at 5:30 p.m. for two Sunday evenings, San Diego Bay lights up with more than 100 lavishly decorated boats.

January 2015

January 18 - 24, 2015
San Diego Restaurant Week

More than 215 restaurants throughout San Diego County offer guests discounted and delicious prix fixe menus. Dine out to your heart's content anywhere and anytime.

February 2015

February 1 - 28, 2015
San Diego Museum Month

Enjoy half-off entry fees at over 40 San Diego area museums for the whole month of February. Museum passes may be picked up at the region's Macy's stores.

February 5 - 8, 2015
San Diego Farmers Insurance Open

One of the PGA Tour's biggest tournaments comes to Torrey Pines. See golf's top stars in action.
 

March 2015

March 28, 2015
Ironman 70.3

Swim in the refreshing Oceanside Harbor, bike next to the ocean on your way to and from San Clemente, run on the Oceanside Pier and along The Strand, or just come on out to Oceanside and cheer on the athletes.

June 2015

June 16, 2015 and June 20, 2015
Race Across America (RAAM)

Come on out to the Oceanside Pier and cheer as cyclists begin the 3,000-mile journey to Annapolis, MD in one of the most difficult races in the world.

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