While out in California last week for the Disneyland Half Marathon, we continued to stay out there for another week to tour more of California. After leaving Disneyland, our next stop was San Diego. We boarded an Amtrak train in Anaheim and took it down the coast to San Diego. For those that know me, I love trains, so this was a no brainer. It took about 2 hours for the trip, and the train tracks ran the coast so we traveled right on the beach for most of the trip.
Here are some of the views from the train.
Once we arrived in San Diego, we checked in to our hotel and then walked down to the waterfront area. We got there about lunch time, so we ate at Anthony’s Fish Grotto. They had really good seafood, and I would recommend it if you go to San Diego. Most of the seats have waterfront views of the harbor. As we sat eating, we could see the USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft Carrier. That was very exciting. I thought this was as close as we would get, but later I found out it was not!
After lunch we walked along the waterfront to see the retired USS Midway. It is an old aircraft carrier that served in three wars and was retired in the early nineties. We did not go onboard for the tour; just admired it from the waterfront. After this we walked around to a huge statue of a soldier and nurse kissing. It was entitled “Unconditional Surrender.” Following this there was a memorial to Bob Hope and all the work and support he gave our military.
We then boarded a ferry over to Coronado. What a lovely place this was. We thought of never leaving this place; however, just a piece of property for a house ranged from $10-15 million. We walked this island and came to the “Hotel de Coronado”. This is a famous old hotel built in the late 1800s. It is now thought to be haunted and is featured in many horror movies. It was neat to walk through and a little creepy also. We did find a cupcake shop on the island also, so that made it just awesome!
After taking the ferry back to the San Diego waterfront we then hopped on a boat for a harbor tour. We were able to tour the northern end of the harbor for about ninety minutes. They took us by many of the naval vessels that were in port for service. There must have been over fifty in there. It was neat to see all the various varieties.
Finally, to end the day, we had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and went over to Petco Park where the San Diego Padres play. On the way back to the hotel we took a stroll through Gaslamp Quarters area.
San Diego is a really nice area and would recommend a visit here over the other locations in California that we visited.
The next morning we woke up, went to the train station and took the Amtrak train up the coast for our next stop, Los Angeles.
Here is a slideshow of various pictures from San Diego.