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National City - A Great Place to Save in San Diego

National City in San Diego

It’s time to take a second look at San Diego’s second oldest city. Many people coming to visit may not think of National City as a possible hotel destination, but it’s quickly becoming one of the best places to book a budget friendly hotel in San Diego. The National City we knew 20 years ago has been transformed and is now a SanDiego.com Editor's Choice with a beautiful marina, fun family-friendly events, an array of budget-friendly hotels and an ideal location just minutes from downtown San Diego and Baja California, Mexico. 

National City is rich in San Diego history with it’s own Brick Row on Heritage Square and Santa Fe Rail Depot which is now a museum open on the weekends. The museum dates back to 1882 and has been restored fully creating an interesting look of the old days in San Diego. The distinct architecture of the Brick Row is stunning amidst the streets of San Diego. The architect who designed this historical building, also designed the infamous Folsom Prison. It’s a great excuse to turn on some Johnny Cash and check out the historic sites of National City.

Visitors looking to save big on lodging in San Diego, should seriously consider booking a National City hotel. It’s close proximity to Downtown means the thriving Gaslamp Quarter, baseball action at PETCO Park, big events like Comic-Con International at the Convention Center and the world famous San Diego Zoo are all just 10 minutes away. Visitors can book a budget-friendly hotel in National City and enjoy the quaint quiet of a family focused neighborhood while also being a short drive from downtown and just 15 minutes from Baja California, Mexico.

Not only is National City convenient and close to some of the biggest attractions in San Diego, it’s also home to many of it’s own charming attractions. One of the prettiest places in National City is Pepper Park, comprised of 5.5 acres along the San Diego Bay. Pepper Park has a fishing pier, boat launch and plenty of picnic areas for visitors and families to enjoy the waterfront location. Another popular attraction is Kimball Park, home to an incredible skate park, baseball fields and tennis and basketball courts.

For guests who’d rather hit the mall then hit the field, National City has it’s own huge shopping mall. The recently renovated Westfield Plaza Bonita Mall is a shopping Mecca for big brand and upscale shoppers. For the car lovers in your group, National City is also home to the renowned Mile of Cars with 21 car franchises including everything from Toyota to Volkswagen.

National City is the perfect destination for travelers looking to save some money on lodging while enjoying all San Diego has to offer. Visitors can enjoy National City with a round of golf at the National City Golf Course or a beautiful bike ride along the 24-mile Bayshore Bikeway, then take a short cab ride (or complimentary shuttle from some hotels) to the exciting and vibrant Gaslamp Quarter. A stay in National City saves visitors big bucks so they have more to spend on having a great time in San Diego!