It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays and out-of-town visitors! Do you have relatives clamoring at your door ready to visit America’s Finest City? We’ll make sure you are the “hosts with the most” with this ultimate guide to showing off San Diego. From the post-airport pick up to lazy days enjoying the San Diego sun, we’ve got you covered with plenty of ideas to have your guests loving the sights. But be prepared for the guest bedroom to be fully booked. Click through the slideshow to see our picks for family fun.

A Night Out At Old Town

Go back in time to Old Town and you'll be able to have a spot of dinner mixed with a side of history. The Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is right on the spot the first Spanish settled on west coast. Today they celebrate that with a mix of museums, colorful shops, restaurants and early-California buildings so your visitors will be able to get a taste of San Diego as it use to be during the 1800s. The choices are endless when it comes to delicious Mexican cuisine from more than 20 cantinas dotted around the park. Cafe Coyote is one of Old Town's most popular dinner options. It has a great atmosphere, live mariachi bands and some of the best chicken and fish enchiladas to make for a great night.

Fun Facts to Tell Your Guests:

  • Kit Carson, a U.S. Navy Lieutenant, was among the first pioneers to raise the American flag here in 1846
  • Watch out for the old Whaley House Museum on San Diego Avenue with its numerous ghost sightings
  • San Diego's first public school house, the Mason Street School, was established in Old Town (and can still be viewed today)

2461 San Diego Ave.
San Diego, Ca 92110
Online: parks.ca.gov

photo: Leah Singer

Do you have any favorite spots to show off San Diego to your visitors? Let us know in the Comments below!

— Lenya McGrath