Last updated on March 9th, 2022
A big city with a small town feel, San Diego packs in fun for any type of visitor. Miles of golden beaches and good surf, a ton of history, great nightlife and the best weather money can’t buy – San Diego will make you start thinking of moving.
On the backend of a business conference in late February, I had the pleasure of spending 3 days in San Diego and exploring this part of Southern California. Though it’s the 7th largest city in the entire United States (and #2 in California behind Los Angeles), San Diego has an easy-going vibe to it.
Sure, it’s got those skyscrapers that most American cities have, but also a real small-town feel to it. Perhaps it’s because of the miles of golden beaches that stretch on its western edges, drawing people away from the city center and into beautiful seaside communities that’ll make you want to move here in a heartbeat.
San Diego is also a Navy town with a very strong presence both on the ground, at sea, and in the hearts of local folks. It’s also the filming location of one of the greatest motion pictures ever to be made – Top Gun! I apologize in advance for anecdotes to the movie here and there throughout this guide.
So if you’re kind of convinced by now but still wondering what is there to do in San Diego for 3 days? You’ve come to the right place. This 3 days in San Diego travel itinerary will cover the area’s major attractions and is very much suitable for a long weekend of fun in the sun.
All places mentioned in this itinerary can be found on this map. Simply click on the image to open in Google Maps: