Want to check out an Oscar nominated film destination this year? Then head to San Diego, where Top Gun Maverick was set and filmed and if you’re lucky you might see a real-life fighter jet fly overhead too, as the Coronado peninsula is home to one of the largest aerospace-industrial complexes in the United States.
The original Top Gun was also filmed at various other locations around San Diego along with many other famous Hollywood Films and it’s not just filmmakers that love it here - with sunshine all year round and an impressive shoreline, it has a huge beach vibe with surfers hitting the waves all day long. It’s not all just sunshine and sand either, there’s plenty to explore too.
With its rich history in naval operations, you can experience what life was like on aboard the gigantic and longest-serving US aircraft carrier the USS Midway, access included in the San Diego Explorer Pass. Learn what it was like to live aboard this floating city, jump in the cockpits of dozens of restored aircraft, and even test your mettle in the flight simulator.
Or climb aboard the oldest operational ship in the world, learn to navigate at sea by the stars, and more at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.
Stroll around Balboa Park with its beautiful gardens, museums, theatres and home to San Diego Zoo, with more than 4,000 animals. Access to the zoo and many more attractions is included in the San Diego Explorer Pass, which you can find more about here:
Include some free natural entertainment too, by going to see the scores of sea lions that lay out at La Jolla Cove just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, a sight not to be missed.
Whatever you choose to do in San Diego it will take your breath away so book your trip today!