Travel Journal: San Diego & Los Angeles
Seen through the eyes of Carolyn Golightly
Who went: George and Carolyn Golightly and daughters Riley and Mallory
We went because: The girls and I had never been to the West Coast, and San Diego is very kid-friendly. And Hollywood was not so far away, so I could indulge in a glitz and glam.
Hotel recommendation: The centrally located Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa in Mission Bay, which was close to the zoo, SeaWorld and Legoland, and only an hour from Disneyland.
Where to eat: Ariel’s Grotto at Disneyland to earn FastPasses to view the “World of Color” nighttime water show.
Favorite dish on the menu: Anything shaped liked Mickey’s ears!
Local attraction worth a drive-by: Goldfish Point at La Jolla Beach, where we found pelicans nesting, seals resting, a rocky coastline and beautiful blue water.
Something surprising we discovered on the trip: The average rainfall per year for San Diego is 12 inches, so the landscape was very brown.
Insiders’ tips: Southwest Airlines Vacations offers a direct flight from New Orleans to San Diego and was the least expensive roundtrip.
Favorite historic landmark: Cabrillo National Monument, where the region’s first explorers landed in the area, offers a spectacular view of San Diego Bay.
Worth the splurge: Backstage pass at San Diego Zoo. We were able to feed a kangaroo, pet a rhinoceros, and learn about exotic animals.
We would suggest this trip to others because: Fabulous destination for families, beautiful coast and wonderful weather.