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From Out of State and Don’t Know where to Stay in San Diego?


San Diego travel tips for out of state visitors

San Diego attracts thousands of travelers and vacationers from around the nation each year. However, if you’re not from the Golden State, you may have not have a single idea of where you want to stay. Plus, depending where you’re from, the high costs of accommodations and attractions in California might surprise you! So here are a few suggestions for where to stay based on the most popular reasons for visiting San Diego, as well as some insider tips on how to save on hotel rates.

Adventurous vacationer.

If you’re coming to San Diego for a vacation, you’ll likely get the most out of staying in or near the downtown district of San Diego. In addition to the endless nightlife of the famous Gaslamp Quarter, there are a variety of attractions to enjoy including the USS Midway, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and for sports fanatics, Petco Park. You’ll be within a few blocks of all the 24/7 action with options including restaurants, bars and entertainment.

  • Insider savings tips:

    If you’re trying to save money, reserving a room near Petco Park in neighboring areas like Little Italy will ensure additional savings, while still providing the same great accommodations. Plus, you’ll only be a mile or two from the Gaslamp, an easy cab or bus ride away.

Beach bum.

If you love the beach, San Diego’s more than 70 miles of pristine coastline creates the ideal place for you to vacation. Choose from great beaches including Coronado, La Jolla, Mission, Pacific and Ocean beaches. Coronado and La Jolla are upscale beach communities, whereas Mission, Pacific and Ocean beaches are more laid back and are great for students and families. Almost all of the beaches have renting companies along the shore as well, so if you want to try your hand at surfing, snorkeling, kayaking or whale watching, you’ll have plenty of options.

  • Insider savings tips:

    Staying on the beach will be the most expensive option, typically starting at $150 a night and depending on the area and your dates of travel, can be as expensive as $350. If you’re looking for affordable accommodations near San Diego beaches, staying in central San Diego near Hotel Circle or downtown gives you easy access to the beaches, all about 10 minutes away by car.

Family fun.

There are so many wonderful family attractions, museums and theme parks in San Diego including the Zoo, SeaWorld, the Children’s Museum, the Wild Animal Park and Legoland. Talk with your kids about the attractions they’ll want to see most so you can make sure to make the most out of your visit. Those flying into the San Diego Airport will be able to access all of these attractions either by rental car, taxi or private transportation.

  • Insider savings tips:

    Do your research before you decide where to go! If you’re on a tight budget, certain parks are more expensive than others and some attractions like the San Diego Zoo include free parking while others do not. If you choose to stay at a San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld preferred hotel like the Pacific Inn, be sure to ask about discounted admission tickets.

Curious student.

San Diego is home to three major universities so you have plenty of options if you’re scouting campuses for the upcoming school year. San Diego State is located the furthest from the airport, more inland toward Mission Valley. University of California San Diego is located in La Jolla and University of San Diego sits perched atop a hill in the neighborhood of Morena. All can be explored in a day or two (depending on your pace) and each offers their own campus tour designed specifically for prospective students.

  • Insider savings tips:

    If you have a flexible schedule, travel during the week as the costs of hotel rooms will be lower than on the weekend. Additionally, because students apply for university in San Diego’s non-peak season, try to plan your trip around this time to take advantage of the lowest hotel rates.

Ready to start planning your San Diego vacation? Click here or contact the Pacific Inn & Suites directly at 1-800-571-2933 to learn about current hotel specials and upcoming rates and availability. We offer a variety of hotel deals throughout the year to make sure our guests are able to use their savings for the countless attractions and events that take place in our beautiful city. Make the most of your vacation with the Pacific Inn and take advantage of our complimentary amenities including parking, wireless internet, daily breakfast and more!

Best Haunted Houses Based on Fear Factor


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If you’re deciding where you should go for your fall travel destination this month, consider San Diego! San Diego has Halloween fun for all ages, including over five haunted houses throughout the county. Pacific Inn has narrowed down the list of our favorites and we’re telling you where they are, what ages should go, and what to expect.

San Diego Halloween for Kids (Scare level: Low)

If you have little kids that scare very easy then Halloween Family Day at Balboa Park might be more up your alley. The scariest thing you’re going to witness here on October 29 is the doggie costume contest. Museums will be opening their doors for free (for children 12 and under), crafts will be made and costumes will be worn.

Halloween Fun for the Easily Frightened (Scare level: Medium)

The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds offers something for everyone.So what can you expect at this haunted wonderland? A haunted hayride, the super spooky House of Horror, a Zombie Paintball Safari, and The Chamber maze (complete with a dead-bolted exit). As a token of appreciation for all the San Diego military men and women, Scream Zone has discounted tickets available at all of our local bases. Click here for additional information about military accommodations and discounts.

Haunted Houses for Adults Only (Scare level: High)

If you’re interested in going to downtown San Diego’s Haunted Hotel orThe Haunted Trails in Balboa Park we recommend leaving the kiddos at home. The terrifying actors that fill up the dark corners on these tours aren’t messing around; they think chainsaws and scary clowns are child’s play. The Haunted Hotel now features a “Walking Dead” dungeon that will have the hair on the back of your neck standing up, and The Haunted Trails takes you on a twisted one-mile stroll through the dark park which will surely get your heart pumping.

Other Options for Halloween Haunts

If you are thinking you want a thrill that’s a little more authentic, then stay near the historical Old Town San Diego where the Whaley House is waiting to give you chills. This is the city’s famous real haunted house and the house staff is throwing in extra Halloween surprises for tour guests during the month of October.

Need a place to stay that isn’t haunted? If you’re planning your trip to San Diego be sure to check out the Pacific Inn Hotel, where we guaranteeall of our guestrooms areghost free. Call 1-800-571-2933 to ask about our discounts and to make a reservation.

Top 5 Romantic Date Spots in San Diego


Great date night destinations in San Diego

Just picture it: dim lighting, a sexy ambiance, soft glowing candles, and the sweet sound of music flowing in the background. If you’re looking for a new romantic spot to take your honey, or the best place to impress a first date, then read this list of the top 5 places to spend a romantic evening in San Diego.

  1. Balboa Park.

    It doesn’t get much more romantic than this. Balboa Park is full of beautiful flowers, lush landscaping, and prime picnic spots. Not to mention there are plenty of hidden grottos and gardens where you can sneak a kiss. If you want to keep the night going, the Pacific Inn hotel in San Diego near Balboa Park offers a luxurious in-room Jacuzzi suite.

  2. Seaport Village.

    This quaint little seaside shopping and dining town is a great place to go if you’re staying in one of the affordable San Diego hotels near Seaport Village. Couples can stroll along the bay hand-in-hand or grab a bite to eat at the San Diego Pier Café, which sits right above the water.

  3. George’s at the Cove.

    If you want a place where you simply can’t go wrong, this is it. George’s is famed for its magnificent ocean view on the outdoor terrace, where you’re almost always guaranteed a spectacular sunset. Its prime location in downtown La Jolla also makes this a great area for exploring bars and dessert spots after dinner.

If you want to have a romantic weekend, instead of just one night, consider booking an affordable romantic getaway at the Pacific Inn hotel in downtown San Diego. Call 1-800-571-2933 to book a room or to ask about the discounts we offer!

San Diego’s Top Military Museums


San Diego is one of the country’s largest military towns with over seven Navy and Marine bases scattered throughout the County and home to about 95,000 military personnel. Our military presence makes San Diego one of the best places to appreciate the service provided by the country’s military men and woman. It also provides a beautiful backdrop to soak up military history at some of the area’s best museums and war-related sights.

  • USS Midway Museum:

    This large vessel was the U.S. Navy’s longest serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century but it now serves as a floating museum. The self-guided audio that is provided with admission allows for USS Midway tours that are conducted at your own pace.

  • San Diego Air and Space Museum:

    Located in Balboa Park, this is the place to go for everything related to military and futuristic aircraft. The museum features planes as far back as WWI and currently has a Centennial of Naval Aviation Exhibit highlighting the past 100 years of navy aircraft.

  • MCRD Command Museum:

    Located at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), this museum proudly displays the legacy of the Marine Corps throughout the years. The location not only serves as a location to preserve military artifacts, but it also acts as a training ground for new recruits.

  • Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum:

    This noteworthy museum at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar features 29 aircraft from WWII to today and is the country’s only Marine Corps aviation museum.

Tell Pacific Inn San Diego what your favorite military museum or memorial is in San Diego!

Downtown San Diego’s Most Relaxing Attractions


Sometimes the hustle and bustle of life, or even vacationing, can leave one stressed and worn out. If you’re visiting San Diego and are looking for calming and relaxing places to escape to during a break in your sightseeing schedule, you’ve come to the right place. Despite its busy and noisy downtown district, visitors can find solace in the quiet, peaceful attractions that are minutes away from the downtown San Diego Pacific Inn.

Right along the San Diego Bay are the quaint shops and restaurants of Seaport Village. For relaxation, vacationers can take a stroll along the water on the Embarcadero or bring a book and sit on the grass looking toward the harbor. Many of Seaport Village’s restaurants have outdoor seating on private patios looking toward the majestic Coronado Bridge. To learn more about the history of Seaport Village and how it played a role in revitalizing downtown San Diego, click here.

To experience an even larger park, head over to Balboa Park. This park has acres of quiet and grassy picnicking areas, lush gardens, easy walking trails and interesting museums. With the park’s large size and beautiful grounds, it isn’t uncommon to find locals having a picnic or reading a book along the pond by the botanical garden. For added relaxation, visitors can listen to a free organ concert at the organ pavilion every Sunday afternoon at 2pm. Your little mental getaway can continue while you dine at the park. Diners at the popular El Prado and other Balboa Park restaurants can enjoy a savory meal outdoors on private patios.

If you’re vacation is becoming too hectic or busy, take some time to stop and relax. At the Pacific Inn hotel in downtown San Diego, we strive to make our guests’ San Diego vacation as stress free as possible by providing clean, spacious rooms and complimentary amenities.

Beautiful Picnic Spots in San Diego


What better way to experience the pleasant San Diego weather, warm sunshine and gorgeous views than at a park. The large, peaceful parks in downtown San Diego beckon visitors to lay out a blanket and enjoy a picnic. San Diego visitors staying at the cheap Pacific Inn hotel in downtown San Diego ought to check out these nearby parks.

The largest park in downtown San Diego is Balboa Park. This city park ranks as one of the largest in the nation and offers picnickers endless options for enjoying a meal outdoors. At Balboa Park, picnickers can eat at a table, choose a quiet, private spot on the soft grass, or settle near a playground. One of the most popular picnicking areas in Balboa Park is Pepper Grove Park. In this little area there are 15 picnic tables and a large playground. If you feel like walking around, there are also many free activities in Balboa Park to enjoy.

On the corner of Harbor Lane and the Pacific Highway is Ruocco Park, another great place downtown for a picnic. This park has large flat grassy perfect for picnicking and an after meal game of soccer or Frisbee. Ruocco Park gives visitors stunning views of the San Diego Bay and has a meandering walkway where you can take a leisurely stroll or bike ride.

Picnickers who want an ocean view while they eat can venture to one of the many parks along the shores of the San Diego Bay. The large Embarcadero Park has ample choice for waterfront picnic areas. Added perks of this park include: plenty of parking, a fishing pier, basketball courts, gazebos and a concession stand. The Embarcadero Park is also conveniently situated on the bay side of the San Diego Convention Center, making it easy to find.

On the north side of Embarcadero Park is another great oceanfront picnic area called Seaport Village. This quaint collection of boutique shops and little restaurants provides a calm backdrop for your picnic. There are many restaurants and dining options in Seaport Village that offer take out, making picnicking a simple and easy activity to enjoy with the family. Along Seaport Village’s wide walkway are shaded grassy hills to throw down a blanket on and enjoy your take-out meal.

Where’s your favorite picnic spot in Downtown San Diego? Share them with us by commenting below!

Belmont Park – San Diego’s Beachfront Amusement Park


Whether staying in San Diego for a few days or a couple weeks, a day at the beach is on the vacation itinerary of almost all visitors. If you are planning a trip to one of San Diego’s beaches, consider Mission Beach, home of San Diego’s beachfront amusement park and entertainment center.

Belmont Park is overflowing with activities for individuals of all ages including traditional amusement park rides, arcade and midway style games and a laser tag arena. A popular attraction among tourists is the wave machine found at the Wave House where you can surf without even getting in the ocean. For thrill seekers, don’t forget to take a ride on the famous Giant Dipper Roller Coaster which was originally built in 1925 and restored in 1990.

If you are looking to take a break from all the fun and excitement, there are also plenty of shops and restaurants scattered throughout Belmont Park. From beachfront restaurants to food court style dining, the park is offers a variety of cuisines sure to please all vacationers.

Where is Belmont Park located? The Park is located one mile west of Sea World San Diego in the heart of Mission Beach at 3146 Mission Blvd. Visitors staying at a downtown hotel close to the San Diego beaches enjoy a short 10 minute drive to the attraction as well as close proximity to the restaurants and shops of downtown San Diego.

The Pacific Inn in downtown San Diego is preferred by vacationers in search of hotels that offer great value. We provide our guests with spacious and clean accommodations and free amenities including parking, wireless internet and breakfast prepared fresh daily. Our friendly staff is always available to answer questions or provide you with information about local attractions including Belmont Park, the San Diego Zoo or SeaWorld. To reserve a room at our San Diego Airport hotel, contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933.

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