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Cheap flights from Albuquerque to San Diego, and what to do once you're there

Have you been craving a California getaway, without the congestion of LA? San Diego offers plenty of sandy beaches and sunny days, with an even more laid-back vibe and the best border town tacos you can find.

The city’s top-rated local craft brewing industry is a major draw, along with the famous San Diego Zoo, other amusement parks and many historic sites from the city’s Spanish and Mexican heritage. And San Diego’s deep-water harbor supports a wide range of coastal activities, including sightseeing cruises, whale-watching and Southern California’s largest sport fishing fleet.

It’s more doable than you think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are plenty of flights from Albuquerque to San Diego in the next few months, and the prices aren't too shabby.

So if you're looking for a change of scenery, here are some deals to put on your to-do list.

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Flight deals to San Diego

Currently, the cheapest flights between Albuquerque and San Diego are if you leave on Aug. 13 and return from California on Aug. 17. Alaska Airlines currently has roundtrip tickets for $107.

There are also deals to be had in June. If you fly out of Albuquerque on June 22 and return from San Diego on June 25, Alaska Airlines can get you there and back for $127 roundtrip.

Top San Diego hotels

To plan your accommodations, here are some of San Diego’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.

The Hotel del Coronado (1500 Orange Ave.)

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If you're looking to splurge on top quality, consider The Hotel del Coronado. The hotel has a 4.6-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $290.

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows (2223 El Cajon Blvd.)

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Another 4.6-star option is The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows. Rooms are currently set at $79/night.

The U.S. Grant (326 Broadway)

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A third option is The U.S. Grant. The 4.7-star hotel has rooms for $159/night. Set in the heart of San Diego, this hotel is close to the Westfield Horton Plaza, Petco Park as well as the San Diego Convention Center.  

Featured San Diego restaurants

San Diego has plenty of top-notch dining options. Here are a few of the most popular, according to Skyscanner.

The Prado at Balboa Park (1549 El Prado)

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If you're looking for a local favorite, head to The Prado at Balboa Park, with 4.6 stars from 133 reviews.

Set in the rich landscape and finely manicured gardens, the Prado Restaurant is located at the historic House of Hospitality in the center of San Diego.

"One of our favorites in Balboa Park," wrote reviewer Sandra. "Hint: Go past the reception desk to the outdoor seating."

Mister A'S (2550 Fifth Ave., 12th Floor)

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Also worth considering is Mister A'S. Be pampered with an extremely attentive staff and enticed with the finest cuisine. 

"The place is beautiful, the view is gorgeous and the food is amazing!" wrote Makiah. 

In-N-Out Burger (2005 Camino Del Este)

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Finally, there's In-N-Out Burger.

"Favorite place to grab a burger, and it is so cheap," wrote Kim. "Freshly made fries and milkshakes made with real ice cream round out a great meal!"

Featured San Diego attractions

San Diego is also full of sites to visit and explore. Here are some popular attractions to round out your trip, again from Skyscanner's listings.

The San Diego Zoo (2920 Zoo Drive)

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First up is The San Diego Zoo.

The San Diego Zoo is one of the most prolific and popular zoos in the world. It houses over 4,000 animals from more than 800 species. At over 100 acres, the zoo offers exhibits that run the gamut of the world’s ecosystems: rainforest, savannah, desert, the list goes on. 

Balboa Park (1549 El Prado, San Diego)

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Then, there's Balboa Park.

Along with countless green spaces and gardens, the park is home to multiple museums, shops, restaurants and, most famously, the San Diego Zoo.

"Beautiful," wrote visitor Ryan. "Lots to see. Amazing museums. Great family environment. Performers and vendors."

The Gaslamp Quarter (614 Fifth Ave.)

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Lastly, spend some time at The Gaslamp Quarter.

The hippest area in San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter is alive with activity almost every day (and night) of the week. From restaurants to bars to fashion to art to movies to playhouses and other fun activities, this really is the heart of fun in the city. 


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