Lives in San Francisco, California
Since Jul. 2007
Award-winning travel writer. Part-time traveler who believes in the balance of and connection between home and travel.
Playgrounds, Gardens, Parks
Theme Parks, Aquariums
Nature & Wildlife Areas, Zoos
Natural History Museums, Aquariums
From small animals in the petting zoo to an Elephant Odyssey, the The San Diego Zoo has something to excite everyone. With more than 4,000 animals and a focus on conservation, it has earned its reputation as one of the best zoos in the world.
Balboa Park is the nation's largest urban park, home to 15 different museums, stunning Spanish architecture, and gorgeous landscaping. It's a beautiful place to take a stroll, experience some culture, or just relax on the grass.
Home to Shamu, the famous killer whale, SeaWorld grants visitors of all ages the chance to interact with and learn about some of the ocean's most majestic creatures. Watch live animal shows with orcas, dolphins, sea lions, penguins, and more.
The land of Lego comes to life here, with 60-plus rides, shows, and attractions, including mini versions of major cities, built, to scale, entirely of Legos.
The sister park of the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park offers a unique opportunity to see wild animals roam over 100 acres — as they would in their natural habitats.
This is your chance to see a decommissioned aircraft carrier. The USS Midway Museum features 60 exhibits, which walk adults and children through the lives of sailors.
This beautiful beach in upscale La Jolla is consistently recognized as one of the most family-friendly beaches in the country. Its long, crescent stretch of sand is prime for any and all beach activities.
Set picturesquely on the bluffs of La Jolla, Birch Aquarium has both indoor and outdoor exhibits, with a wide variety of aquatic life.
As its name suggests, Extraordinary Desserts specializes in really, really good desserts. With dozens of delicious choices, it's a fun place to relax after a long day, or the perfect place to celebrate something special.
Famous for its breakfast and brunch, The Mission is a local favorite for both savory and sweet options.