When you stay at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley you have the city at your fingertips. Nearly all of San Diego’s best and most popular attractions are within a short drive away. Explore the scenic beauty of Balboa Park, the rich culture of Old Town San Diego, the excitement of the San Diego Convention Center, the awesomeness of the USS Midway, the tranquility of Coronado, and the history of the Cabrillo National Monument.

Iconic building in Balboa Park

BALBOA PARK (2.7 miles)

Just a quick 10-minute drive, Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre park that is home to museums, theaters, gardens, walking paths, vegetation areas, restaurants, and recreational facilities. The park and its historic Exposition building were declared a National Historic Landmark and today it’s one of the most popular destinations in the area. Fun for the entire family, Balboa Park is an ideal way to spend an afternoon strolling through the gardens or a weekend experiencing all the museums and attractions.

Just a Few Things to Do at Balboa Park:

  • San Diego Air & Space Museum
  • San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • Old Globe Theater
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Desert Garden
  • Balboa Stadium
  • Balboa Park Miniature Railroad


A mere 10-minute drive from San Diego Marriott Mission Valley, the San Diego Convention Center is located on the breathtaking San Diego Bay in the marina district adjacent to Downtown San Diego. The San Diego Convention Center is home to Comic Con, one of the largest comic book and pop culture conventions in the country. From the convention center, visitors can stroll to the Gaslamp Quarter, the USS Midway and the waterfront, and Petco Park.

San Diego Convention Center
USS Midway in downtown San Diego

USS MIDWAY (6.8 miles)

Experience a real-life aircraft carrier less than 20-minutes away from San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. The USS Midway was the longest serving aircraft carrier of the 20th Century and today guests are invited to experience what it was like to live life at sea aboard the USS Midway. Fun for the entire family, the USS Midway offers a self-guided tour, which includes access to the ship’s sleeping quarters, officer quarters, cockpits, and flight control deck. The USS Midway features more than 60 exhibits, 29 restored aircrafts, and two flight simulators.

CORONADO ISLAND (10.3 miles)

Across the massive San Diego-Coronado Bridge is the quaint community of Coronado. Spanish for “crowned one” Coronado is a tied island that is connected to the mainland by Silver Stand. Known for its beautiful sandy beaches, Coronado is a popular destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. It is also home to the famous Hotel del Coronado. Known by locals as “the Del,” the iconic property is a National Historic Landmark and many believe that it is haunted.

Coronado Bridge
Cabrillo Monument at Cabrillo Point


Enjoy a scenic 30-minute drive west from San Diego Marriott Mission Valley to the Cabrillo National Monument. The monument commemorates the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay in 1542, which marked the first time that a European expedition had set foot on the West Coast of America. In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources, including the iconic Old Point Loma Lighthouse and the Cabrillo Statue. Family-friendly, Cabrillo National Monument also features one of the best-protected and easily accessible rocky intertidal (tide pools) areas in Southern California.

Building in Old Town San Diego

OLD TOWN SAN DIEGO (4.4 miles)

Rich in history, culture, and tradition Old Town San Diego is a unique experience that is perfect for the entire family. Known as the “birthplace of California,” Old Town celebrates the early days of San Diego and includes many historic buildings from the period of 1820 to 1870. A buzzing community, Old Town is also home to dozens of unique shops and restaurants, as well as one-of-a-kind historic attractions like the Whaley House (named one of the most haunted houses in America) and Alvarado House (a reconstruction of the original 1824 house, which was once home to the sister of the last California governor appointed by Mexico).

Things to Do At Old Town San Diego Historic District:

  • First San Diego Courthouse
  • San Diego Union Museum
  • Mormon Battalion Historic Site
  • Heritage Park Victoria Village
  • Presidio Park (site of the first mission in San Diego)
A map of nearby San Diego atrractions to the hotel
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