My Seekender Adventure: San Diego {Part 1}

As some of you might know, last year I partnered with Hampton by Hilton to become one of their Ultimate Seekenders. I was so excited when I found out I'd be partnering with them again this year. What is a Seekender you might ask? Well it's basically anyone on a quest for fresh experiences, adventures and enjoying the weekend to the fullest.

My last Hampton by Hilton Seekender trip (to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina) is one that I hold very dear to my heart. It  was the last trip me and my husband took together with our son before he passed away from cancer. Planning this new Seekender trip is something that I knew my husband would have wanted. He wanted us to continue to live our lives and to live it to its fullest! This is why I absolutely love this Hampton by Hilton Seekender campaign, which is all about enjoying life and making new memories with your loved ones.

After doing some research, I knew I wanted to take Andres to San Diego. It was actually ranked the Top Travel Destination in the U.S. for families and I can totally see why. There's so much to do from outdoor activities, beautiful beaches and not to mention it's World Famous San Diego Zoo! So we packed our bags and brought grandma (abuela) along for the adventure!

Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing with you the things we did, in case you're planning your own trip to San Diego. So without further adieu, here's Part I of our Seekender Trip:

Things to Do:

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo: You can't leave San Diego without visiting the zoo. It was voted the #1 Zoo in the World. Andres absolutely loved it. I recommend getting there pretty early (we got there around 10:30AM) to make sure the animals were awake (animals usually take naps in the afternoon). We loved seeing the Pandas, since we don't see them here in the Miami Zoo. If you have time, I also recommend visiting the Safari Park (a few miles away from the San Diego Zoo). It will make you feel like you're in Africa.

*Children have to be 6 years or older for the Safari Park

Andres scaring Grandma with his newly painted dinosaur face haha.

After the zoo, we headed back to our Hampton by Hilton hotel in Mission Valley, which was just 12 minutes away. This little dinosaur passed out immediately. The location of the hotel was beyond perfect. It was so central to everything, literally just minutes away from La Jolla, Coronado, Balboa Park---you name it! 

Torrey Pines State Park: Looking for some outdoor adventure, we decided to head to Torrey Pines State Park. It was a little tricky to get there (or maybe I just didn't put the address right on my GPS), but once we got there it was absolutely stunning. The view of the mountains and the beach were gorgeous. I guess not growing up with mountains nearby you learn to appreciate them so much more.
There were also so many trails to pick from and it was nice to just be out and get some fresh air.  Be sure to take lots of water, sunscreen and if you're up for it, why not have a picnic once you're there.

Side note: If you're a really big hiker and want to go the distance (with a toddler) I recommend taking a toddler carrier/backpack (yes, they have them toddlers). I left mine at home and wish I would have brought it, but Andy did fine either way.

Where to Stay:  Hampton by Hilton (Mission Valley)

We stayed at the Hampton by Hilton in Mission Valley and like I said, I couldn't have been happier with the location. It was so central to everything we had planned. The rooms were also spacious with a fresh and clean Hampton bed and free Wi-Fi.

One of my favorite things of Hampton by Hilton hotels is there complimentary fresh, hot breakfast served daily. It's not just your traditional continental breakfast, it's packed with everything from hot oatmeal with all the works (from raisins to fresh fruit), to waffles and fresh eggs. We had breakfast there every morning.

Not only that, but they also have free coffee and tea in the lobby at anytime you please. The staff was also very friendly and helpful.

Hampton by Hilton has more than 2,020 locations in 16 countries so you're bound to find one anywhere you are planning to travel. You can book your own Seekender getaway here.

Stay tuned next week when I share Part II of my San Diego Seekender trip or in the meantime, you can check out last year's Seekender Trip to Myrtle Beach here.

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