Last month I decided to explore the art and culture of America’s Finest City. And that is when I discovered why San Diego, California is popularly known as America’s Finest City. The city has a lot to offer in art and culture. There are so many wonderful museums that I didn’t even know where to begin. One thing that you need to know about San Diego is that it is not one city. This is a metropolis consisting of 18 incorporated cities and neighborhoods. It has a citywide population of about 1.3 million residents and over 3 million residents countywide in its 4,200 sq. miles. And if you are looking for a memorable art and cultural experience in San Diego, then the perfect place to visit is Balboa Park.
Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in the United States. This is where the 15 largest museums in San Diego are located. There are countless art galleries, The Globe Theaters, and even the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park. You will also get the best dining and shopping places in Balboa Park.
There are so many museums in this city such that you can be overwhelmed by the options. I started my tour at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. As the name implies, this museum is all about ships. You will find one of the most remarkable collections of ancient ships in this museum. In fact I got the chance to see the oldest active ship in the world in this museum, the Star of India. USS Midway Museum is the other impressive museum that I visited. Here you will find all kinds of restored aircraft. The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is part of the Chinatown district. This museum is dedicated to the historic Chinese American experience. You will find all kinds of artifacts showcasing the artwork and experience of Chinese immigrants in the 19th century. The San Diego Model Railroad Museum is one of the most amazing places to visit. This museum is housed in a very pretty building. It features the finest collection of indoor railroads and train structures. Other fascinating museums that I visited include the San Diego Museum of Man, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the San Diego Natural History Museum, and San Diego Museum of Art. But I didn’t get the chance to visit the famed Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD). The MCASD is currently undergoing renovation to quadruple its current gallery space.
Enjoying The Evenings
I visited all these museums in three days. But in addition to savoring the art and culture of this lovely city, I also enjoyed the evenings out. Every day after spending my time in various museums in the city, I would treat myself to the finest wining and dining experience in the United States. Don’t forget that San Diego has over 6,400 dining establishments. One of my favorite restaurants is the La Pensione Hotel. This is a charming boutique hotel in Little Italy. It serves excellent food and it’s surrounded by the best coffee shops and pizzerias in the city.