My boyfriend and I have been together for (almost) 5 years now, and we love to travel to new places together. This past weekend we drove down to San Diego for the day. Here’s a look at our trip:
Japanese Friendship Garden
We started off at the Japanese Friendship Garden, inside Balboa Park. I was really looking forward to going here because last time we visited it was closed.
PSA: THEY CLOSE AT 4:30pm ON WEEKENDS. (And 7pm on weekdays, which is backwards if you ask me.)
It was free to park and a relatively short walk, which was nice, and it cost $6 to get in. It’s a nice relaxing place to sightsee, but it was relatively small and wasn’t worth the $12 we spent to get in.
Next up, we went to Phil’s Barbeque, which is our absolute favorite place to eat in San Diego. There’s always a long line, but what few people know is that you can call and place your order ahead of time, saving you the time of waiting in line and being tortured by the delicious smell.
The prices aren’t bad- it cost about $35 for this barbecue sandwich, half rack of baby back ribs (best thing on the menu), large order of onion rings (HANDS DOWN THE BEST), and a drink.
We stopped by Old Town San Diego next. We were just wandering around, checking out the souvenir shops, and smelling the great food. Then we walked past the Whaley House, the U.S.A.’s most haunted house. My boyfriend, who truly believes in ghosts, naturally wanted to swing by for a tour, so $13 later we were inside the national landmark. I wasn’t too frightened, because I don’t really believe in ghosts, but this place did make me think twice about that.
My boyfriend and I were standing right in front of a (closed) door in the first room while the tour guide was talking. Next thing I knew the door flew open and then slammed shut. Now, I was standing right there and was able to see that there was no one on the other side of the door, so I was a bit freaked out, as so was everyone else in the room.
This was the only paranormal activity that I experienced in the house, but some of the other guests had some experiences and got some good photos of “spirits”. The Whaley House also offers late night tours accompanied by ghost hunters. So if you’re into that type of thing then I would highly recommend it.
Lastly we went to the Embarcadero at sunset, which is the best time to get this photo. This was the highlight of the day. We got to see the Unconditional Surrender statue, pictured above, the U.S.S Midway, and some submarines and pirate ships.
I highly recommend checking out some of these places next time you visit San Diego, especially if you’re into seeing the tourist-y sights!