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Nonstop Love: Soon Diego

SanDiego Beginning October 13, Dallas Love Field is FREE!  The restrictions of the Wright Amendment will be gone, ushering in nonstop destinations that span from coast to coast.   Southwest has been counting down the years and weeks (literally—we have a billboard at the Love Field entrance and a countdown clock in our Headquarters lobby) until we can say, “Goodbye, Wright Amendment. Hello, America!"   We are excited to begin this new era by serving five new nonstop destinations on October 13, followed by ten additional new nonstop destinations on November 2.  The addition of these 15 new nonstop destinations will bring Southwest to a total of 31 nonstop destinations from Love Field. In anticipation of this momentous event, each week we will take a look at one of the cities that North Texas Customers will be able to soon visit nonstop on Southwest.  Each post is written by a Southwest Employee who is affiliated with the city and can give an insider’s view of what to see and do while visiting.  Enjoy! San Diego is famous for its beautiful scenery and near-perfect weather all year, which are just some of the many reasons I have loved living in this city the past 15 years.  I have fond memories of walking with my husband in Mission Beach as we make our way to World Famous for a hearty, beachfront breakfast and meeting up with friends at Morton’s downtown for happy hour.  Not a day goes by that I don’t think about how lucky I am to live in a city as beautiful and FUN as San Diego. 16440804_xl In terms of daily departures, San Diego boasts 95 nonstop flights to 23 cities each day, making it a bustling destination for visitors traveling to and from the city.  For those of us who call it home, we know why San Diego is such a popular place for some FUN in the sun!  Here are some of my suggestions for making the most of your time in “America’s Finest City.”   Your San Diego to-do list: To Eat:
  • Croce’s Park West:  The story behind this restaurant and bar could make for a blog in itself.  You can’t miss stopping by Croce’s Park West if you’re traveling through San Diego.  Make sure to try the kale salad and some of their homemade ice creams—they are to die for!
  • Puesto:  Located in Seaport Village, Puesto serves up some of the best Mexican street food in San Diego.  This is one of my favorite places to both eat and drink—the frozen horchata is made fresh daily and will not disappoint!
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  • Balboa Park:  When I’m wanting to relax, I head straight for Balboa Park.  There are plenty of museums to peruse during your visit, and The Prado restaurant in the heart of this historic park is the perfect spot to enjoy a meal when you get hungry from all your sightseeing.
  • The Shout House:  For a night out on the town, my husband and I love to stroll the Gaslamp Quarters to find good live music.  We often end up at The Shout House, a dueling piano bar that always has great music to listen to or sing along with!
To See:
  • Sunset Cliffs:  Because this is one of my daughter’s favorite places in San Diego, my family often visits this spot when we’re looking for California coastline without the hassle of large crowds and sand.  But if you’re looking for a beach, Sunset Cliffs has several hidden gems at the base of the cliffs where you can play in the surf and sand.
  • Mt. Helix:  Known as the “Crown Jewel of East County,” Mt. Helix offers beautiful views of San Diego and its surrounding scenery.  The park is a popular location for weddings and visitors looking to spend a relaxing day outdoors; make sure to pack a picnic lunch with you to enjoy at the top!
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  • San Diego Zoo:  Even though this location is a popular tourist attraction, I have to make mention of the San Diego Zoo as a must-do when you visit my hometown.  While it may not be much of a secret, no trip to San Diego is complete without a day spent in this world-famous zoo.