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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

San Diego: A Top Art and Design Vacation City on a Budget

ArtBistro recently published an article: Top 20 Art and Design Vacation Cities on a Budget, and my home city, San Diego, ranked #11 on the list!

I used to believe that San Diego wasn't much of an artsy city, but the more I explored, the more I discovered the creative energy. If you're a photographer, there are so many places where you can take beautiful photos. From the sandy beaches of Coronado to breathtaking colorful views at Sunset Cliffs, any artist can find a ton of inspiration in San Diego.

My favorite place to hang out is Balboa Park. As many times as I've visited the park, I never get tired of visiting all the different museums or just sitting under a tree and watching the people walk by. I love taking photos of the architecture...

Balboa Park Architecture

Hallway at Balboa Park

Free Art Venues in San Diego
  • Ray at Night - The second Saturday of every month art aficionados gather in North Park for the longest running art walk in San Diego.

  • Kettner Nights - On certain Fridays, the design district in Little Italy (downtown San Diego) hosts an artwalk. For dates, visit the Little Italy website.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art - The two locations in downtown and La Jolla offer free admission to individuals 25 years and younger. There is also free admission the third Thursday of every month from 5 -7 pm.
Getting Around San Diego

San Diego has a metro-train system (aka "trolley) that runs North and South from the border to Old Town (another great place to take photographs). There are also two other routes: One that runs East and West from downtown to East County (for those who would like to venture out to see the suburbs or check out the casinos), and another route that takes you from Old Town to Fashion Valley Mall and San Diego State.

My favorite thing to do is to ride the Coaster or Amtrak from downtown up Solana Beach, which is another artsy little beach town. It's a beautiful ride up the coast!

For more information about public transportation in San Diego, visit:

If you'd prefer renting a car, I recommend Fox Rentacar because of their good deals on weekly car rentals.

The San Diego Experience: Priceless

I could go on and on about all the great things about San Diego, but you just have to experience it for yourself. You can't really put a price on the great adventure that is awaiting you in "America's Finest City"!

If you're ever in San Diego, I'd love to meet you!

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