Spring in San Diego | San Diego, California

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San Diego has great weather all year, but that doesn’t stop the city from celebrating spring. Book a Southern California getaway to take advantage of the warm sun and gorgeous beaches before the summer crowds arrive! No matter your interests, there’s always plenty to do, including lively festivals, daring activities, fun museums, and exciting nightlife.

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Kimpton Solamar Hotel

The chic Kimpton Solamar Hotel is located in San Diego’s East Village, just minutes away from the Gaslamp Quarter and Petco Park. As the weather warms up you’ll love sunbathing at the rooftop pool. They also feature local beers during SoCal Hour, the perfect way to cap a day of sightseeing. Indulge and learn something new with the A Crafty Pair package, which includes a Chef’s selection five-course dinner, a mixology class for two, and souvenir cocktail glasses to remember your trip by.

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Tequila & Taco Music Festival

San Diego takes its Mexican fare seriously – no need to wait until Cinco de Mayo for a fun time! The Tequila & Taco Music Festival will be held March 25th and 26th at Embarcadero Marina Park South in downtown San Diego. You can sample tequila, sip margaritas and craft beer, snack on gourmet street tacos, browse art vendors, and enjoy live music.

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iFLY San Diego

If you’re looking for a thrill, iFLY San Diego is for you! Vertical wind tunnels create an indoor skydiving experience where you float on a column of air rather than jumping or falling. Just like regular skydiving, you’ll get an instruction period, put on your gear, and take a “flight,” which is the equivalent of 1.5 skydives. It’s the perfect way to get adventurous without going too far outside your comfort zone.

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Analog

Analog, located downtown, is a stylish music-themed restaurant and bar in one. While the food is great (you can’t go wrong with the Brussels sprouts or popcorn chicken), it’s really their craft cocktails that are sure to impress. Try the Black Sail, made with black magic spiced rum, Kahlua, coconut milk, cinnamon, and orange and pineapple juices, or their specialty analog chai mule, a delicious mix of vanilla vodka, jasmine liqueur, chai syrup, lime angostura bitters, and ginger beer.

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Fleet Science Center

Stop by the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park and check out interactive exhibits on everything from biology to environmental science. Right now you can see So Moved: The Art and Science of Motion, an exhibit that combines scientific displays with local artists’ creations to explore over five types of motion. You can also catch a movie at the Giant Dome Theater, which shows IMAX films on a wraparound screen that makes you feel like you’re immersed in the action. See Dream Big: Engineering Our World, a film exploring how engineers have built our greatest architectural and technological achievements.

Finding California’s Redwoods | Northern California

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Redwoods are some of the most impressive trees in the world – they can live up to 2,000 years and reach heights of over 350 feet! Northern California offers a chance to see these magnificent trees as well as miles of beautiful coastline.

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Victorian Inn

Located between Redwood National and State Parks and Humboldt Redwoods State Park, the Victorian Inn is the perfect place to call home while you’re seeing the redwoods. Built in 1890, the hotel retains its Victorian style inside and out. Their elegant yet quaint rooms are the ideal setting for a romantic getaway. Book the “Suite” Romance Package and enjoy a two night stay in a King second floor room or suite, fresh flowers, chilled champagne and truffles, breakfast each morning, and a $125 voucher for the VI Restaurant.

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Avenue of the Giants & Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Head south to the Avenue of the Giants, a 32-mile stretch of Highway 101 with incredible views of the redwoods. It’s one of Northern California’s best scenic drives. Drive your car through the Shrine Drive-Thru Tree, marvel at the 950+ year-old Immortal Tree, and see the Tree House, a house that’s partially built in a redwood. Avenue of the Giants runs through Humboldt Redwoods State Park, which has campsites, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and swimming.

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Loleta Cheese Factory

On your way up to Redwood National and State Parks, stop in the small town of Loleta to visit the Loleta Cheese Factory. They produce artisan cheeses with all-natural ingredients, and are especially known for their flavored Cheddar and Jack varieties. At the factory, you can take a tour to learn about cheese making and taste samples. Be sure to stop at their Grilled Cheese Bar, which offers gourmet grilled cheeses ranging from savory to sweet. Grab one and enjoy a picnic in their onsite garden.

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Eureka

Continue north on Highway 101, which hugs the coast and offers amazing views. Stop at Eureka, a Victorian-era coastal city with plenty of activities to fill an afternoon. Explore the Sequoia Park Zoo, or visit Old Town Eureka and stroll through antique shops, cafes, and coffee shops. Make sure you see the Carson Mansion, a stunning three-story, eighteen-room Victorian home built in the 1880s. It isn’t open to the public, but you can snap some photos of the impressive exterior and take a virtual tour online.

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Redwood National and State Parks

See redwoods more than 350 feet tall and up to 2,000 years old at Redwood National and State Parks. The 130,000-acre area encompasses Redwood National Park, established in 1968, and three state parks (Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast State Park, and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park) established in the 1920s. Take a hike through their 170-mile trail system to see the trees up close.