While it’s only every so often that San Diego travelers get stuck in the airport…we do get the occasional cloud coverage. Being such a large city, most travelers are surprised to learn that there really isn’t much going on in the San Diego International Airport…at least for now. Currently finalizing plans for the areas largest renovation, the San Diego Airport is undergoing a fusion of fashion, art and architecture with an Art Meets Fashion showcase. Profiling local designers, artists and more, the April 2011 project has already acquiesced some of the most brilliant in the area and will eventually parade them about with a final show.
In the Airport
In terms of lounging, the SD International Airport is home to the nation’s largest United Service Organization, a respite for military servicemen and women, and their families. The space provides a center for relaxation, children’s entertainment, food services, business facilities and even a game room. Located in Terminal 1 for the next three years, the location is easily accessible and enjoyable for many.
Though small, San Diego still stands out from other international airports through it’s rotating list of art collections displayed throughout both terminals. The free services available to the public are a great way to spend your layover, and will even educate you on a few of the most prestigious San Diego local artists.
Eating in San Diego is one of our most precious pastimes, so don’t think you’ll have to succumb to the typical fast food carts if you’re hung up at the San Diego International Airport. Enjoy local eateries in the food court with Karl Strauss Bar or San Diego’s Tap Room, both excellent places to down a brew before take off.
Near the Airport
Close to downtown, the airport is always buzzing with activity. If you have time, catch a cab to Kettner Drive and Little Italy, where you’ll really experience some excellent flavors. Superb design shops like Architectural Salvage are also on Kettner (if you have space to add to your suitcase), as is a favorite yogurt shop Yogurtland.
For the Ballsy Traveler
If you really want to catch all that you can while waiting for your flight, hail a cab into the Gaslamp District, where you’ll find the most historic buildings in the city, excellent dining, the San Diego Padres’ Petco Park and shopping. From Horton Plaza to the US Grant Hotel, Cucina Urbana and Balboa Park, there is enough there to distract you from your layover…too much, perhaps, to possibly make you late.