Top Attractions in San Diego for Travel Nurses

San Diego is a sunny California paradise for travel nurses. It offers stunning ocean views, expansive beaches, amazing food, a unique culture, a wide variety of entertainment options, and excellent weather year-round. What’s not to love?

Thinking about taking a travel nursing adventure to this one-of-a-kind location? We’ve created a list of top attractions for travel nurses in San Diego to help you with your decision.

Read on to learn more!

San Diego Skyline

The downtown San Diego skyline

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is an excellent place to start exploring San Diego. This 1,200 acre park is a cultural institution in the city, and is home to 17 museums, several performing arts spaces, beautiful gardens, hiking trails, and more. Whether you love nature, art, architecture, outdoor recreation, or you’re looking for a place to bring the whole family, Balboa Park is a must-see.

If you’re not sure where to start, there’s also 60 to 90-minute tour of the park’s main attractions: Timken Museum of Art, California Tower, Alcazar Garden, Palm Canyon, Botanical Building & Lily Pond, Spanish Village Art Center, and much more.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park

San Diego Zoo

Located inside Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo is the most-visited zoo in the US. Exhibits are typically designed to model different world habitats, and a guided tour bus offers a view of over 75% of the park.

In addition to the incredible collection of over 4,000 rare and endangered animals housed here, the zoo also boasts a collection of over 700,000 plants, including a wonderful rare plants exhibit.

Sunset Cliffs San Diego

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Photo Credit: Nothing Familiar Blog

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

Sunset Cliffs is a 68-acre park that offers some of the best sunset views in San Diego. The area is a unique coastal environment that features “expansive ocean views and dramatic cliff formations,” according to Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association.

This spot is very popular, attracting residents, national, and international visitors year-round. 

Barrio Logan

Barrio Logan is one of California’s 14 Cultural Districts. According to Conde Nast Traveler, the neighborhood is “rooted in Mexican and Chicano cultures.” Barrio Logan is home to Chicano Park, a National Historic Landmark that features a collection of 80 outdoor murals painted onto the Coronado Bridge that feature iconic figures and stories from Mexican and Chicano culture.

There are many modern businesses that have formed here in recent years, but they are “still rooted in the community’s culture.” The neighborhood also offers some of the best Mexican food in San Diego.

Chicano Park San Diego

Chicano Park in Barrio Logan. Photo Credit: Stacy Eck /

Cedros Avenue Design District

If you’re an art lover, Cedros Avenue Design District is the place for you. This small neighborhood Solana Beach is full of independent boutiques, art galleries, and crafts stores. According to Conde Nast Traveler, there are over 85 shops packed into a three-block area, making this location perfect for an afternoon stroll.

There’s more than just art and shopping here – look out for the great farmers market on Sundays!


Coronado is a beautiful resort town located just across the bay from downtown San Diego. According to, it is consistently voted best US beach. Coronado’s coastline beaches are known to sparkle, due to the large deposits of the mineral Mica, and this feature draws visitors from across the planet.

The island also offers a wide selection of garden parks, eclectic shops, and oceanfront dining with incredible views. Check out Orange Avenue to see this great variety of entertainment or visit the Coronado Museum of History & Art. There is also the “legendary” Hotel del Coronado, which is registered as a National Historic Landmark.

Coronado San Diego


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