Certain features of San Diego are common knowledge, like its famed weather, fun attractions, and outstanding universities. However, if you’re planning a visit to San Diego, you might want to consider these little-known items throughout the city as you arrange your itinerary.
1. Musical Bridge
The 25th Street Bridge is actually a musical instrument! Its sidewalk railing is crafted with chimes, and each vertical rod is encased in bronze. Striking the bells in sequence creates a melody dubbed “Crab Carillon.”
2. Secret Stairs
San Diego has stairways to heaven. Hidden within La Mesa are three sets of stairs off the beaten track. The staircases were installed around 1913 to facilitate neighborhood foot traffic. Each climbs the side of Mount Nebo from a different approach, and the most challenging staircase offers great views from Mt. Helix to Downtown.
3. Best Pizza in the Country
According to TripAdvisor reviews, San Diego serves up the best pizza in the country. For vibrant flavors and pies that would make Italy proud, check out local favorites Cucina Urbana, Napizza, or Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizza.
4. Home of Dr. Seuss
Ted Geisel, the best-selling children’s author in the world, lived in La Jolla. Writing under the name of Dr. Seuss, he published 46 children’s books. The Geisel Library of the University of California San Diego houses the world’s largest collection of Dr. Seuss memorabilia. It includes his original manuscripts, notebooks, and photographs.
10. Largest Comic Book Convention
Founded in 1970 as the Golden State Comic Book Convention, San Diego Comic-Con is a four-day event held each summer at the San Diego Convention Center. Along with comic books, the venue features animation, toys, collectible card games, fantasy novels, web-comics, video games, and panels with actors, directors, producers, and writers. Publishers Weekly has coined the convention as the largest show in North America. Hotels in Downtown San Diego go fast and tickets sell out in minutes, so you’ll want to plan in advance.
13. Annual Secret Party
Each year, a party of about 2,000 guests awaits the announcement of where they’ll meet for dinner. The gala always takes place in a public space, participation is by invitation only, and guests learn where they’re headed only after boarding the buses that take them to dinner. Each guest is requested to bring dinner in a picnic basket, along with champagne, fine china, silverware, chairs, a table, and white tablecloth. Dinner begins with each guest waving a white cloth napkin, a stunning visual! The diners eat, dance, and enjoy live music in a festive atmosphere featuring white balloons.
15. Solstice Clock
Located on the Silver Strand pedestrian path in Coronado is a unique solar clock. It consists of a circle of benches configured to tell time with markings that line up to where the sun sets during the summer and winter solstices. Every year on December 21, the day of the Winter Solstice, a group gathers to celebrate the event. People read poems, share conversation, and remember loved ones. It starts at 4pm, and anyone can join.
Whether you decide to spend your trip laying in the sun on the beach or exploring lesser-known hidden gems, one surefire way to have a great trip is to book an affordable and centrally located hotel in Little Italy San Diego. The Marina Inn offers many of the same amenities as home, and our rates simply can’t be beat! Give us a call today at 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager!