By Ashley T. Cassidy
San Diego
California
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Throughout time, society has romanticized the ideology of reconnoitering the American West. Novelist Alison Lurie once wrote, “As one went to Europe to see the living past, so one must visit Southern California to observe the future.”  It is this nostalgia for freedom, adventure, and endless possibility that continues to lure so many tourists to San Diego and its awe-inspiring coastline.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to discover sunny SoCal for your next vacation; escape with family, your spouse, or a weekend get-away with friends – this city has something that appeals to all walks of life.  Conveniently tucked downtown near the bay is the easily accessible San Diego International Airport (SAN), located 3 miles northwest of the central business district. Book your flight today through our site (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Also, for hotel accommodations click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book with EscapeWizard.com. Our top selection in the city is the Holiday Inn. It has an amazing and extremely helpful staff.

San Diego, the eighth largest city in the U.S and home to the infamous San Diego Zoo, boasts countless attractions, activities and nightlife but is most notably known for its pristine oceanfront. EscapeWizard.com recommends exploring the jagged cliffs and picturesque shoreline of La Jolla’s beaches as the kick off to your sightseeing tour through the city. With the Pacific blue as its backdrop, La Jolla is an affluent hamlet of chic boutiques, galleries and restaurants, spanning one mile in length. Visitors should also check out the La Jolla Cove, where visibility can exceed thirty feet, making it a popular place for snorkelers and scuba divers to observe marine life. After a leisurely afternoon of sunbathing and snorkel, EscapeWizard.com encourages you to conclude the day at the Children’s Pool Beach, a local sanctuary for seals and sea lions. Additional beaches include Ocean Beach, which offers a mile stretch of sand where dogs can swim in the water and play without a leash all hours of the day; Pacific Beach, and Mission Beach.

Another attraction worthy of attention is the Navy ports downtown. San Diego is the birth place of naval aviation and home to the largest port in the Pacific Fleet. EscapeWizard.com recommends visitors disembark to the USS Midway Museum to learn about a primary force behind the city. During this 2-3 hour self-guided audio tour vacationers will get the full experience of what it means to be an American sailor by learning about the inner workings of the ship from its tight living quarters and eerie Midway jail, down to the depths of ship’s boiler and engine room. The hanger deck also showcases various types of aircraft ranging from helicopters and planes, in addition to audio testimonials from the pilots who flew them during World War II.  To complete the experience, the ship is adorned with portraits of sailors, a chronological history of the USS Midway’s deployment schedule and a volunteer staff of World War II veterans. EscapeWizard.com promises you will leave the USS Midway Museum with a newfound appreciation for the United States and pride for the people who server it – just make sure you wear practical shoes!    

Lastly, a trip to San Diego is not complete without a visit to Balboa Park, just north of downtown.  This cultural hub offers fifteen museums ranging from art and science to space, anthropology, and natural history. The park also showcases many aesthetically pleasing gardens, which include the lovely Alcazar Garden, the award-winning rose garden and the Japanese Friendship Garden. Or if you want to simply meander, the park is 1,200 acres, making it an ideal place for relaxation and recreational activities. EscapeWizard.com suggests unwinding on the plush grass with a book alongside the reflecting lily pond pools or listen to sidewalk musicians hone their craft on the saxophone, or watch a play or musical in the park’s performing art venue. Whatever you pursue, an afternoon at Balboa Park is always one well spent.

One observation tourists may notice is that many San Diego locals are not truly native but once tourists themselves in search of a get-away, in search of an adventure. Come. Discover San Diego. You may find it be your new home, just like so many others.
Hotels in San Diego
By D. Gregory Perrin
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
1441 Quivira Road, San Diego, CA
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During your next stay in San Diego, EscapeWizard.com highly recommends the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina. This luxury hotel is located only 15 minutes from the San Diego International Airport which makes commuting easy for vacationers. This hotel has 430 guestrooms which is plenty to supplement many travelers needs which in the city. Guests can check in at 4 p.m. or later upon arriving into the city.

Guests of the hotel can request room accommodations from a large variety of options including 1 King Size, 2 Queen Size, 1 King and a sofa bed, and 2 Queens and a sofa bed depending on the size of your party. Each room has a 32 inch color television with full cable options and the opportunity to purchase pay per view movies. The hotel offers high speed internet service for a minimal fee. There is also an in-room safe for guests to store their valuables for protection when they are out of the room.

The Hyatt Regency offers room service for guests to accommodate meals. Beyond that option, there are several restaurants available on the hotel grounds. The Red Marlin Restaurant & Terrace is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant also has a bar/lounge to offer guests a chance to relax and blow off some steam after a long day. The hotel also offers the Swim Bar and Lounge that is pool side at the hotel and offers food and drinks.  This bar offers a 800 gallon aquarium that has 360 degree viewing capability. It is the perfect opportunity to relax pool side and get a drink.

The hotel is also filled with recreational facilities. There is a StayFitTMGym that provides guests of the hotel to keep on top of their fitness regime. Hyatt Regency Mission Bay also offers 3 swimming pools and a waterslide onsite for your enjoyment.

Overall, the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay is just the hotel in San Diego to make your vacation just the experience you are seeking. EscapeWizard.com encourages you to book your stay by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in San Diego
By Summer Brons
Hilton Garden Inn
3939 Ocean Bluff Avenue, San Diego, CA
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Located in the beautiful setting of Torrey Hills, California, the Hilton Garden Inn is a perfect choice for travelers seeking a convenient, comfortable hotel in exciting San Diego. You'll enjoy great proximity to all parts of the city thanks to nearby I-5, including popular attractions like the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Legoland and the vast business, dining, shopping and entertainment hotspots around San Diego.

On-site conveniences at the Hilton Garden Inn are designed to keep you connected and relaxed. Amenities include a well-equipped 24-hour business center, complimentary wireless internet access, complimentary parking, a fitness center, pool, and even an on-site convenience store. With 3,600 square feet of available meeting space, the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Del Mar is also an ideal venue for business or special event functions.

Excellent dining options are also available without having to leave the Hilton Garden Inn. Savor breakfast, lunch or dinner at Bistro 39, serving up classics with a fresh twist and even daily happy hour specials. The NY Garden Deli and Cafe is ideal for a light bite or a latte during breakfast and lunch hours, and room service is available if you prefer a low-key, private evening.

After a long day exploring the sights of San Diego, refresh yourself with your generously equipped Hilton Garden guest room. Each room features a luxurious Garden Sleep System bed, 32" flat-screen television with premium cable, work desk with ergonomic Herman Miller chair, microwave, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, hairdryer and bath amenities. As always, members of the Hilton HHonors rewards program will receive credit for their stay.

Plan your San Diego accommodations with the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Del Mar hotel for the ultimate experience in service and convenience at a reasonable price. Book your stay using EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in San Diego
By D. Gregory Perrin
Four Points by Sheraton
1617 First Avenue, San Diego, CA
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During your next trip to San Diego, California, EscapeWizard.com recommends Four Points by Sheraton (formally the Holiday Inn Downtown). This hotel is conveniently located under 10 minutes from the San Diego International Airport, which makes commuting simple. The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport between the hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The hotel is near all the great attractions of the city, and the hotel also offers shuttle service downtown, Sea World and the zoo; check with the front desk for the times. The check-in time for guests of the hotel is 3 p.m. or after on the day of arrival into the city.

The rooms of the hotel have all the normal options for vacationers to enjoy. All rooms of the hotel are non-smoking. Guests can select from 1 king size or 2 double size beds depending on their sleeping requirements. If more bedding is needed, the hotel offers rollaway beds for a small fee per night. There is a color television with cable options. Each room has a coffee maker in it so guests can enjoy a warm cup of coffee whenever they please to have one.

The Four Points by Sheraton has several options for travelers who want to keep their normal workout schedules. There is a fitness center that has cardio machines like a treadmill and elliptical machine. The center also has dumbbells for weight training. The hotel has an outdoor pool for guests to swim in and relax.

Dining and drink options are simple at the Four Points by Sheraton. The hotel offers the First Avenue Grill that serves all 3 meals of the day. The First Street Grille is also in the hotel and serves drinks both in the bar and poolside for vacationers.

The Four Points by Sheraton San Diego is a magnificent hotel in the city that can offer excellent service at an affordable cost. EscapeWizard.com encourages you to book your hotel today by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in San Diego
By Jessica Howell
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego
2576 Laning Road, San Diego, CA
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Just several miles from San Diego International Airport, the Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Airport “ Liberty Station is the perfect place to stay during your visit to San Diego.  Whether you are visiting San Diego for business or pleasure, Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego is an inviting place you can call home “ even if it is just for a short while.  Check-in at Homewood Suites is at 4 pm and check-out is at noon. 

This San Diego hotel features 150 suites, all with king and/or queen size beds, and a pull out sofa.  The hotel also has one and two-bedroom suites with separate living areas, sleeping areas, and fully equipped kitchens.  These multiple room suites feature new granite countertops, a two-burner stove top, a full-size refrigerator, microwave, and a dishwasher, so you can enjoy a leisurely vacation or productive business trip without giving up the luxury amenities of home. Technology is also abundant at San Diego Homewood Suites.  Every room is wired for complimentary wireless internet, has a 32 LCD flat-screen TV with HD premium cable channels, and an alarm clock with MP3 connectivity.

The San Diego Homewood Suites by Hilton is also a very family friendly hotel offering up amenities that will please both children and parents alike.  When the parents are exhausted and the children are restless, you can rent a children’s video from the front desk without ever having to leave the luxurious comfort of the hotel!  The hotel also has high chairs and pack and play pens available for rent “ just in case you left yours back at home.

For those guests who like to stay active while away from home, the hotel has a state of the art fitness room, basketball court, and a full size pool overlooking the river.  There is also a full size pool table surrounded by high-top tables and chairs, where you can socialize over a cool beverage after a long day of work or play.

If you find yourself looking for a place to stay during your next visit to San Diego, EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your stay at Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Airport “ Liberty Station. Click here to get started today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).  
Hotels in San Diego
By Brandi N.R. Rhone
Westin San Diego
400 West Broadway, San Diego, CA
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Located in downtown San Diego is the Westin San Diego Hotel. The nearest airport is the San Diego International Airport (SAN) only 3 miles away. You can arrive to the hotel by taxi, or you can take the complimentary hotel shuttle that runs from 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily. Twenty-four hour valet parking for a fee is available as well. Check in time is 3 p.m. and check out is at noon.

This spectacular hotel has a 100 high lobby and 436 rooms with amenities that include, in room refrigerator, coffee maker with complimentary Starbucks coffee, flat screen TV with cable access and for a daily fee in room high speed internet. Wireless internet in the lobby is free for guests. Westin San Diego is 100% smoke free hotel. Also, accessible rooms are available for guests with special needs.

Westin San Diego has a fitness center on premise but for visitors that want to combine their work out and take in the sites take the routes mapped out from the ready, set Run Westin program. Westin San Diego also has an outdoor pool and whirlpool for your enjoyment.

Dining options for the Westin San Diego include the Living Room Lobby and Bar for cocktails and bar food, for authentic California Cuisine stop by the Venetians Restaurant and bar. The Store at Westin San Diego offers baked goods and desserts for visitors as well. Local restaurants include Jasmine Seafood Restaurant, Old Town Mexican Cafe, and Tom Ham's Lighthouse.

Visitors that want to be in the center of all there is to do in San Diego will not be disappointed by choosing the Westin San Diego Hotel. Book here for your memorable experience at Westin San Diego through EscapeWizard.com by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in San Diego
By Lynette Johnson
Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego Hotel
1433 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA
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Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego Hotel located a short drive from San Diego International Airport and the Port of San Diego gives you great amenities and accommodations that you look for in a hotel. 

Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego Hotel has 260 spacious rooms overlooking Mission Valley.  The guestrooms are 100% smoke free as well as pet friendly; bring your pet and let them snuggle into The Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Dog Bed.  Each room offers The Sheraton Sweet Sleeper, 42 inch flat screen TV, internet access, room service, data port and coffee maker.  Upgrade to an available suite, connecting room, room with sitting area, club level, and city view or oversized room.  At the club level, you will upgrade the amenities and receive access to the fitness center and Club Lounge.  The Club Lounge offers complimentary breakfast (Monday through Friday), and a private area to entertain friends and/or clients.   Those guest needing more mobility, accessible rooms are also available upon request.  Relax in the outdoor heated pool while the children are being entertained with the childcare services.  The hotel has ample meeting space with a teleconferencing system and audio visual equipment that will accommodate any size and style meeting.  Check-in on your day of arrival is at 3 p.m.; if you arrive early, use the luggage storage and enjoy the area until your room is ready.

The hotel is centrally located in San Diego to explore all what the city has to offer.  Discover within minutes the Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, San Diego Sports Area, Old Town San Diego, local beaches, historic Gaslamp District and Mission Valley or Fashion Valley.  Just short drive away is the San Diego Wild Animal Park.  Check-out is set for 12 p.m.
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Hotels in San Diego
By Sarah Hay
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego - Mission Valley
7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA
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When you’re looking for the most stylish of addresses in San Diego’s Mission Valley region, you’ll find it at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego “ Mission Valley. Just 15 minutes from the San Diego International Airport, the hotel puts visitors in the center of all the most sought-after shopping addresses, restaurants, and unique districts, including Gaslamp Quarter, Hillcrest, Old Town and Little Italy, via the San Diego Trolley. You’ll also find the DoubleTree is close to the San Diego Convention Center, Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. LEGLOLAND®, Sea World® San Diego and Torrey Pines golf course are also in the area.

The 300 guest rooms, suites and executive rooms at DoubleTree all offer a wide range of standard amenities to help you relax, including wireless high speed Internet access (for a slight fee), along with 25 televisions with video games, MP3 clock radios, work desks, irons and ironing boards, coffeemakers, hairdryers, and Neutrogena® bath products. Additional amenities in suites include plasma televisions, oversized sofas and private whirlpool spa tubs. Check-in time is 3 p.m., and check-out is 12 p.m., and guests have their choice of self- or valet parking, each with a slight fee. To help you unwind, there are two heated outdoor and indoor pools, along with dual tennis courts, a hot tub, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

The hotel’s restaurant, Windows Lounge, is open until 11 p.m. daily, and the Fountain Cafe features exquisite breakfasts until 11 a.m. daily. Of course, room service is always an option, and the hotel offers a children’s menu, for guests traveling with little ones. The hotel has a convenience store, clothing store, gift shop and news stand on site, along with a laundry and valet service, and a guest activity desk.

If you’re in need of special event space, the DoubleTree can offer you 25,000 square feet of function space, as well as patios, to help make the most of your special occasion. Why look any further? The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego “ Mission Valley can put you in the center of all that’s great about San Diego, in one location. And the experts at EscapeWizard.com can put you there, at a great rate, when you click on this link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in San Diego
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Renaissance San Diego Downtown Hotel
421 West B. Street, San Diego, CA
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If you are seeking sunshine and beached or just headed to San Diego on business, Renaissance San Diego Downtown Hotel (formally the W San Diego) offers a modern, conveniently located place to stay. This unique hotel is less than a mile from many corporate offices including Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Burnham Pacific, and the San Diego Convention Center is just a half mile away. It is also within walking distance of the scenic San Diego Bay, Little Italy and the Museum of Contemporary Art. You will also have easy access to some of the best beaches in the area, the San Diego Zoo, Coronado Island and SeaWorld®.

From this location, you can take day trips to La Jolla for a snorkeling trip or Tijuana, Mexico for some shopping. However, there is plenty to enjoy without ever leaving the hotel. Visit the outdoor heated pool, take a yoga class or book an in-room massage. There is also a fully equipped fitness center. A business center is available for all guests, and the hotel has seven meeting and event spaces available to fit your needs.

Plan a special evening and head to the rooftop bar, complete with warm sand on the floor, fire pits and stunning views of the city skyline. Renaissance San Diego Downtown Hotel Living Room also serves signature cocktails, and offers table service while you listen to DJs play music. Make sure to stop for a meal at Kelvin, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and offering both indoor and outdoor seating.

At the end of the day head to your contemporary guest room or suite featuring the latest in technology, including 37" HDTV LCD televisions, a CD and DVD library, and complimentary wireless internet access. Relax on Renaissance San Diego Downtown Hotel Signature Bed or get some work done at the large desk. You will also find a Munchie box and a fully stocked mini bar.

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Hotels in San Diego
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Four Points by Sheraton San Diego
8110 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA
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The Four Points by Sheraton San Diego provides practical convenience as well as luxurious amenities. This hotel is located in the Dan Diego Business District, providing easy access to many corporations, as well as many local attractions. To make travel even easier, the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle to and from the San Diego Airport, as well as anywhere within a six mile radius of the hotel. Take a walk through Balboa Park, search the La Jolla caves, or head to the famous San Diego Zoo. Nearby you will also find Mission Beach, Miramar Naval Station and Old Town San Diego, an excellent place to go shopping and try some delicious Mexican cuisine.

The completely smoke-free guest rooms and suites offer a comfortable retreat and offer the Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed. You will also have complimentary high speed wired and wireless internet access in all rooms. Enjoy a free newspaper delivered to your door on weekdays, and work in comfort at the large desk with ergonomic desk chair. A coffee maker is provided in each room and room service is available.

This hotel has several dining and bar options to explore. Grab a coffee in the morning at the Espresso Bar or the Lobby/Coffee Bar. Citrus is a casual, but elegant, restaurant that is open throughout the day and offers a wide variety of dishes, including a large buffet. Outdoor seating is available. You can also order light meals and delicious cocktails at the Skies Lounge or the Montfield Bar.

The Four Points by Sheraton San Diego strives to keep guests happy with an outdoor heated pool and a whirlpool. There is also a workout room overlooking the pool. A very unique feature offered here is a nine hole golf course, available for all guests. A guest Laundromat, business center and dry cleaning service are also available.

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Hotels in San Diego
By Sarah Hay
Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island
1960 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA
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Visiting one of the most beautiful ports in California should be a relaxing experience, and the Hilton San Diego makes sure your visit is utterly renewing, with luxury rooms and suites, and unmatched hotel amenities. The Harbor Island hotel is perched on San Diego Bay, just five minutes from San Diego International Airport and three miles from San Diego Convention Center. Downtown is within a few minutes as is Seaport Village and Horton Plaza, the go-to district for shopping, nightlife and restaurants galore. Also within a five-minute drive, you'll find the San Diego Zoo, as well as the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

The 211 guest suites and rooms at the Hilton San Diego Airport come with complimentary wireless high speed Internet access, as well as coffeemakers, work desks, ion hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dual line phones with voicemail, and MP3 alarm radios. If you’re visiting the area with your children, the hotel offers roll away beds, cribs and high chairs for your comfort.

There is a car rental desk at the hotel, along with laundry and valet services, and a gift shop is on site. There’s also a pool and fitness room, and pets are allowed at the Hilton, for a slight fee. Check-in time is 3 p.m. and check-out is 12 noon. If you’re feeling hungry, the Sierra Pacific restaurant serves coastal fare, and is open until 10 p.m. daily, and if you’d like more privacy, room service is available until 11 p.m.

If you’d like to host your special event at the Hilton, there is a professional staff to help plan your event, and plenty of event space in which to host it, the largest space encompassing over 3,200 square feet. When planning your next trip to the San Diego area, be sure to book a suite at the Hilton San Diego Airport. If you’d like to secure the lowest possible rate at this destination resort, let the experts at EscapeWizard.com find it for you, by following this link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).