Planning a Southern California vacation? San Diego is a beautiful place for a vacation destination. Here are some of my top things to do in San Diego. Plus, learn about Kia’s award-winning cars and the latest models.

Planning a Southern California vacation? San Diego is a beautiful place for a vacation destination. Here are some of my top things to do in San Diego. Plus, learn about Kia's award-winning cars and the latest models.

Kia, San Diego & My Favorite Things To Do!

This week I was able to spend a little time in one of my favorite Southern California cities, San Diego! 

I’ve been to San Diego so many times I’ve stopped counting. However, it never gets old. 

This time, I was on a special mission. I, along with a host of other fabulous bloggers was invited by Kia to explore San Diego in the latest models and learn about what’s new with Kia. 

I’m already quite partial to Kia since I own a 2011 Kia Sorento. I’ve also reviewed several of their cars over the past few years, and each model gets better and better. 

We landed in sunny San Diego on a Wednesday afternoon. I can always count on SD to bring the beautiful weather. I was also thankful to leave behind the 93, humid Michigan weather and trade it in for 80-degree, breezy coast weather. 

Things To Do in San Diego

Arriving at the hotel from the airport was a ten-minute drive. I was tempted to ask my driver if he could do a drive-by In-N-Out. It’s our tradition always to hit up the first In-N-Out we see as soon as we land in California. This is the first time in the history of coming to California that I did not do that {do not worry, I rectified that problem!}. 

Things To Do in San Diego

After checking into my room at the Hard Rock Hotel {our gracious host hotel}, I teamed up with another blogger, Adventure Mom and we decided to explore the bay area. 

Things To Do in San Diego

When you stay at the Hard Rock Hotel, you also have access to many of their amenities, including bike rentals. 

Things To Do in San Diego

We spent about an hour exploring the bay area and enjoying the view. 

Shortly after returning to the hotel to freshen up, we headed to dinner at the Rustic Root in the Gaslamp Quarter. 

Things To Do in San Diego

While we could have easily walked the three blocks to the restaurant, Kia had us go in style. 

Well, in style would have been arriving in their 2017 Kia Optima, but I digress. 

Things To Do in San Diego

But, we had a fun ride in a PediCab. I asked our driver if he worked out or did something special to do this job (he’s been a PediCab driver for over three years), and he said no. This IS the workout, but he enjoyed it. 

Things To Do in San Diego

Wow, props to the PediCab drivers. They are the real MVP’s. 

Because I couldn’t imagine pedaling my weight (plus others) anywhere! LOL 

After mingling and meeting other bloggers during Cocktail Hour, we headed downstairs for dinner.

Things To Do in San Diego

We were served dinner the tapas way. If you’re not familiar with tapas, it’s referred as small plates. You can try a variety of food in small portions. The restaurant set up a variety of stations with food such as Beef Wellington, chicken mole and more. 

You could keep going back for more and more and more. Their Beef Wellington was amazing! {my favorite}. With live music, great food, and good company, you just can’t go wrong. 

Things To Do in San Diego

The next morning we were up bright and early for a media briefing. During this media, we learned about all the new things happening at Kia and some of their latest awards. 

Things To Do in San Diego

Now comes the fun part. The rest of the day was spent exploring San Diego in Kia vehicles. 

We paired up in teams, selected a car, and given a route to follow. 

Things To Do in San Diego

For our first test drive, we decided on the 2017 Kia Sorento. I own a 2011 model, and earlier during the year we had a 2016 model for our California family vacation. 

So, I am a little biased when it comes to the Sorento. After a fun filled day of testing out cars, we ended the evening with a farewell party filled with food and live karaoke! 

Things To Do in San Diego

When it comes to San Diego, you don’t have to go far to find beautiful scenic views, good food and free things to do. I’m going to recap some of my favorite things to do in San Diego and share some FREE things you can do in Southern California to help you plan your visit. 

Things To Do in San Diego

Along the way, I’m also going to share some of my favorite moments with Kia’s newest models and why Kia is on a trend to rise above the rest. 

La Jolla San Diego Kia Sorento

La Jolla:  A short drive from San Diego, La Jolla is one of the best beach destinations in the area.  It sports great seaside restaurants and shopping, along with fantastic places for checking out tide pools and lots of sea life.  It’s perfect for a day at the beach, or for a day of exploring. Plus, you will find adorable California Sea Lions basking in the warm sun.

Things To Do in San Diego

The Kia Optima is one of my favorite cars. I’m an SUV type-of-a-girl, but I love all of the legroom in the Optima. The Kia Optima is another one of my favorites from this award-winning car company. Their 2017 model has all of the bells and whistles and screams luxury on a middle-class budget. I’ve also talked about the Kia Optima here and here. 

Kia SOUL San Diego

Balboa Park:  This destination has everything you want in a park.  Playground, botanical gardens, local museums, and of course fun food vendors and restaurants. Find more FREE things to do in San Diego.

Park and walk around Old Town San Diego. If you love seeing classic old cities with great architecture and culture, the Old Town area of San Diego is perfect for you.  Park and walk around the blocks of classic buildings that have been maintained or restored.  Enjoy a nice meal at a classy restaurant or simply take photographs next to buildings that are centuries old.

Kia SOUL San Diego

Sea World San Diego:  Sea World is a great family destination. From the rides to the live shows there is something for every age in your family.  You can read about what to do at Sea World and my favorite places at Sea World!

Kia Sedona Review San Diego

{one of my favorite places to eat in SD} Eat at The Mission In San Diego:  One of our favorite places to stop for a meal when in San Diego is The Mission.  This restaurant features amazing breakfast options, lunches, and most importantly a large variety of gluten-free meals.  This is an ideal place for anyone wanting a healthier meal but also looking for indulgence.  Their French Toast is simply phenomenal.

Kia Sedona Review San Diego

Coronado Island:  For those who love a small town feel, driving across the bridge to Coronado Island is a fun adventure.  There are beautiful beaches, amazing architecture, and of course many unique hot spots for food and shopping. We drove the Kia SOUL over to the Island and stopped by the Coronado Hotel and beach area. The SOUL is just a fun car. Although it is on the smaller side, there is still enough room for a small family or trendsetter.

Kia Sedona Review San Diego

San Diego Zoo: If you want to see what a real zoo looks like this is the place to go, this is my favorite zoo! Yes, once you have gone to the San Diego Zoo, there will be nothing else out there to compare.  Not only is it adjacent to the beautiful Balboa Park in downtown San Diego, but it is also world-famous for the number of animals, beautiful scenery and amazing staff.

We also stopped by Cabrillo, a National Monument. If you want a fantastic view of San Diego, this is the place to visit.

Kia Sedona Review San Diego

The Sedona is a van like no other. I’ll be the first to admit I am not a mini-van Mom, but their Sedona will give you many reasons to switch. I had a 2015 Sedona last year on our California trip, and we LOVED it. I loved the bucket captain seats, electrical outlets in the front and back of the van, and the room! The 2016 model also offers those things, as well as a little more space and another seat (so it now seats eight vs. 7). 

A few of my other favorite places to visit in San Diego are Seaport Village, Old Town, and of course, exploring new places to eat. San Diego holds fond memories for our whole family, and I’m happy to add a new experience to it with the latest Kia models!

We stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel, which is right in Gaslamp Quarter and right by the water. The Hard Rock is a beautiful hotel with luxury views and comfortable beds.

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Have you been to San Diego? What are some of your favorite things to do or places to stay? What do you think of the latest round of Kia’s updates? Feel free to drop me a line below!

Planning a Southern California vacation? San Diego is a beautiful place for a vacation destination. Here are some of my top things to do in San Diego. Plus, learn about Kia's award-winning cars and the latest models.

Learn more about Kia and their vehicles by visiting their website.

Plus, read some of my Kia reviews:

Kia Optima: Sporting in Style At The Atlanta Jazz Festival

Kia Sedona: Not Your Mama’s Mini-Van

Eight Days in a Californian Paradise

The SOUL & LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Michigan

How To Visit San Diego On A Budget

California Vacation Destinations In San Diego County