Culture and curiosity.
Attractions and interactions. Wildlife and nightlife. Museums and marvelous scenery, from the ocean to mountains and deserts. Just minutes outside the hotel, San Diego awaits. There truly is something for everyone in “America’s Finest City,” and our guest services desk is happy to arrange a variety of day trips, adventures and excursions for you. At the end of your trip, you’re guaranteed to have a lifetime of memories.
Thoroughbreds and tiger sharks. Fine art and Giant Pandas. Venture out to San Diego’s attractions and discover that the San Diego area truly has something for everyone. And it’s all just minutes from this iconic La Jolla resort.
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, located in the heart of La Jolla, is a rare cultural institution devoted exclusively to music and art. The museum has an outstanding and ever-expanding collection of books, periodicals, reference materials, sheet music, music scores and librettos, as well as one of the most significant collections of artists’ books in Southern California. The Athenaeum also sponsors an eclectic, year-round schedule of art exhibitions, concerts (classical, jazz, and new music), lectures, tours and special events. www.ljathenaeum.org
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Located 7 blocks from La Valencia, the MCASD is focused on the collection, preservation, exhibition and interpretation of works from 1950 to the present. Founded in 1941, MCASD has an international reputation for its permanent collection, highly acclaimed varied schedule of thought-provoking exhibitions, lectures, performances and scholarly publications. www.mcasd.org
La Jolla Music Society
The present La Jolla Chamber Music Society, heir to the Musical Arts Society of La Jolla founded in 1941, was established in 1968 the with the mission of presenting the finest classical music and musicians in the world. In its first season, the Society sponsored the La Jolla Chamber Orchestra and presented a few soloists, and has evolved today as the major presenter of classical music in San Diego County and a leading presenter in the west. www.ljms.org
Torrey Pines Gliderport
Experience foot launched aviation and flight at its finest! Torrey Pines Gliderport has been the #1 ranked Paragliding School in North America since 2000 and offers education programs in paragliding instruction, flight tours, tandem instructor training and also advanced courses including over the water training. Join the 1000′s of paragliding, hang gliding, sailplane and scale model pilots that have flown the majestic cliffs in San Diego. www.flytorrey.com
La Jolla Historical Society
The La Jolla Historical Society is an organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of La Jolla’s historical artifacts, memorabilia, sites and structures. The society is located at 7846 Eads Ave, and is a wonderful destination showcasing the rich history of La Jolla and La Valencia. www.lajollahistory.org
La Jolla Caves
Located on Prospect Street, this man-made tunnel was dug in 1902 into the Sunny Jim Cave, named after a 1920′s cartoon character, and is home to the Cave Store that features images of old La Jolla Cove and historic La Jolla.
Mount Soledad Memorial Park
More than 800 feet high, the park features a cross, erected to commemorate soldiers of the Korean and two World Wars. The park, with its winding roads, and views of the La Jolla shores and the coastline north to Orange County and south to Mexico, creates a spectacular location for biking, picnics and photographs. www.soledadmemorial.com
The Bishops School
Founded in 1909, the Bishops School was founded by noted philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps and designed by renowned architect Irving Gill, responsible for a multitude of buildings in downtown La Jolla, including La Valencia. The school, originally a boarding school for girls, became co-educational in 1971 and over the past 12 years 86 graduates have been named Advanced Placement Scholars for their top performances.
Torrey Pines Golf Course
Located 15 minutes north of La Valencia, the world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course offers championship golf with jaw-dropping views of the Pacific Ocean and is the site of the Farmers Insurance Open each year and the 2008 U.S. Open. Hang gliders overhead and the historic Torrey Pine trees add dramatic scenery to your golfing experience on two par-72 courses. www.torreypinesgolfcourse.com
Four Seasons Aviara
Designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, Aviara offers a memorable 18-hole costal layout. Hailed by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as one of America’s best resort courses, the 7,007-yard, par-72 course is sculpted around the natural topography with water hazards positioned as visual extensions of the lagoon below. Located 30-45 minutes north of the La Valencia.
Maderas Golf Club
Designed as a collaborative effort by Johnny Miller and Robert Muir Graves, Maderas is set within a secluded valley in the rolling hills of Poway. Characterized as a “classic,” Maderas is surrounded by meandering creeks, massive rock outcroppings and crashing waterfalls which create a world-class challenge in a setting of breathtaking beauty. Rated #1 Golf Course in San Diego by 2003 Zagat Survey. Located 45-55 minutes northeast of the La Valencia. www.maderasgolf.com
The nation’s largest urban cultural park of over 1,200 acres and dubbed “The Smithsonian of the West,” Balboa Park is home to 15 major museums, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo. View the Dead Sea Scrolls, an exhibition of some of the world’s greatest archaeological treasures including parchment and papyrus scrolls authored around 250 BCE to 68 CE. In addition, guests can now observe the park with a fascinating one-and-a-half-hour audio tour, available at the Park’s Visitor’s Center.
1549 El Prado, San Diego 92101 619.239.0512 | www.balboapark.org
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Travel through the Hall of Fishes and see more than sixty habitats featuring life from the cold waters of the Northern Pacific coast down to the Caribbean. Don’t miss the 13,000 gallon Shark Reef tank, admire vibrant colorful coral reefs, and discover the Tide Pool Plaza, where a variety of animals including hermit crabs and sea anemones make their home. Finally, at the newest exhibit “Feeling the Heat, The Climate Challenge,” fast-forward to the year 2050 for a broadcast of California’s weather report and view stunning images from around the planet that offer insight into the staggering environmental changes.
2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla 92037 858.534.Fish | www.aquarium.ucsd.edu
Del Mar Race Track and Thoroughbred Club
The Del Mar Thoroughbred club, “where the turf meets the surf,” is an American horse-racing track located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds north of La Jolla. Opened in 1937, it features over 40 days of thoroughbred racing. Ladies, bring your hats for Opening Day, the place to see and be seen on July 20th. The $1 Million Pacific Classic, one of the most prestigious races on the west coast is on August 28th.
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar 92014 858.755.1141 | www.dmtc.com
At Legoland, an interactive family theme park of 128 acres filled with rides, shows and attractions, “everyone becomes a hero.” Perfect for youngsters ages 3-11, sail the seas as a pirate aboard the galleon, man the fire trucks at Fun Town Fire Academy, or become an ace driver at the Volvo Driving School. The fabulous Las Vegas Miniland development, the largest and most recent expansion, includes ten different Las Vegas hotel properties chosen for their unique architectural style. “The Strip,” also features a miniature wedding chapel, monorails and real live sounds recorded in Las Vegas.
One Lego Drive, Carlsbad 92008 760.918.LEGO | www.legoland.com
The Flower Fields of Carlsbad
Experience one of San Diego’s natural wonders as vibrant waves of color cover 50 acres of foothills and overlook the Pacific Ocean. The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch is an annual display of horticultural beauty that opens in March where kids run and adults linger. For the 2008 season be sure to visit Sweat Pea Maze, stroll the Historic Poinsettia Display, and revere the American Flag of Flowers, a brilliantly hued flag composed of red, white and blue flowers strategically planted on a 300 by 170 foot hillside.
5600 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad 92008 760.431.0352 | www.theflowerfields.com
San Diego Polo Club
Home to U.S.P.A. competitions such as the Rossmore Cup and the Spreckle’s cup, the San Diego Polo club has one of the longest seasons in the country, May through October, and features some of the world’s finest players and horses. Sunday’s pre-game events include picnics, tailgating, children’s activities and a complete food and beverage service.
14555 El Camino Real, Rancho Santa Fe 92067 858.481.9217 | www.sandiegopolo.com
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Set foot inside the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, located in North San Diego, and be transported to one of the most exotic places on earth. The 1800 acre wildlife park is home to thousands of animals roaming together on the vast open plains. You can hand-feed a gentle giraffe, traipse through a Congo Fishing Village, get face-to-face with big cats at Lion Camp and walk a 2 mile back-country path on the Kilimanjaro Safari Walk and even “fly” on a zip line. Throughout Journey into Africa, the most recently added attraction, glimpse the amazing variety of animals living on earth’s largest continent and develop a new appreciation for just how huge a rhinoceros or Cape buffalo is.
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido 92027 760.747.8702 | www.sandiegozoo.org
San Diego Zoo
The world-famous zoo features over 4,000 animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies of rare and endangered birds, mammals and reptiles. Observe exotic plants and explore the Ituri Forest, Giant Panda Research Station and the Polar Bear Plunge. The newest exhibit, Monkey Trails and Forest Tails, is a habitat home to over 30 species of African and Asian birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. You can enjoy a three-dimensional journey into the depths of the tropical forest by either an elevated walkway or an Asian forest path.
Park Blvd. & Zoo Place, San Diego 92112 619.234.3153 | www.sandiegozoo.org
Seaport Village, located on the harbor near the San Diego downtown Gaslamp District, features 50 plus one-of-a-kind shops, 17 unique eateries including award-winning restaurants, and entertainment on the Bay. Stroll the picturesque Village for a full day or just for an hour, and find “everything under the sun.”
849 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego 92101 619.235.4014 | www.seaportvillage.com
SeaWorld San Diego
Enjoy killer whales, dolphins, manatees and more at the water themed adventure park located near Mission Bay. Experience the innovative Shamu Rocks show, set to a background of rock ‘n’ roll music, the exciting Penguin Encounter, and the Journey to Atlantis roller coaster!
500 Sea World Drive, San Diego 92109 800.257.4268 | www.seaworld.com