Where to Rest Your Head: The Omni is the type of luxury hotel that can host both the culture hound and the sports enthusiast. You’ll find superb comfort with guest rooms decorated in a contemporary style and feature floor-to-ceiling windows that actually open (yes!). Another plus is location, location, location; Omni guests are within walking distance from PETCO Park (the hotel and park are linked by a skywalk) and the San Diego Convention Center—plus you’re in the middle of the historic Gaslamp Quarter (www.gaslamp.org). You’re also minutes away from many top attractions: Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, La Jolla and Horton Plaza. Omni’s highlights also include its astonishing views of San Diego Bay and the downtown skyline, and there’s an outdoor terrace with a heated pool and fireplace. For dinner, visit the 94th Aero Squadron (www.94thaerosquadron.signonsandiego.com), which is named after one of the first American fighter squadrons to see combat service during WWI. The restaurant is located inside a replica of a WWI French farmhouse, is packed full of military memorabilia, aviation relics and overlooks Montgomery Field Airport. The stone fireplaces and wood paneling add to the experience of dining here.
Get Your Arts and Culture On: A must-see is Balboa Park, comprised of more than 25 museums, pavilions and gardens. The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (www.rhfleet.org) offers educational programs, hands-on exhibits and IMAX films (Hubble provides a look into the Hubble Space Telescope’s legacy and its impact on the way we view the universe.). Be sure to also visit the Birch Aquarium at Scripps (www.aquarium.ucsd.edu). The aquarium overlooks the La Jolla coast and showcases discoveries on climate, earth and ocean sciences. You can also explore the astonishing wonders of the ocean with the Halls of Fishes, Shark Reef, Tide Pool Plaza, as well as current exhibits such as “There’s Something About Seahorses.”
Why You’ve Gotta Come Back: Spend more time uncovering Balboa Park’s treasures. There’s the Museum of Photographic Arts (www.mopa.org) and the San Diego Model Railroad Museum (www.sdmodelrailroadm.com).
Omni San Diego Hotel, 675 L St., San Diego, (800) 809-6664; www.omnihotels.com.