If you’re flying into San Diego, chances are the San Diego International Airport (SAN) is going to be the first and last thing you see during your trip. Many people only think of the airport as a way to get from point A to point B, but if you stop and take a look around the area you’ll find that there’s much more to do here than you might have imagined!
The airport and its surrounding area include the airport itself, Liberty Station, and Midway, with Balboa Park and the Gaslamp Quarter close enough to visit as well. It spans over 600 acres and occupies the area previously known as Lindbergh Field.
Like much of Southern California, the weather here is typically sunny. It’s not far from the San Diego Bay, but far enough inland that it’s sheltered from the worst of the seaside winds. This means clear skies can really raise the temperature, so dress with the weather in mind.
If you’re looking for a first stop on your trip or a way to pass the time while you wait for your flight, there are plenty of options.
Bao Bar at Liberty Public Market
You can enjoy a light brunch at one of the many sidewalk cafés, or drink and relax at a brewery in Liberty Station. Head to one of the smaller parks just across the street, or visit Balboa Park and the Gaslamp Quarter, both of which are filled with museums and other attractions. SeaWorld San Diego is also in the area if you’re looking to get up close and personal with marine life.