If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably started your Spring Break and even summer vacation planning to ensure availability for the desired away dates. It’s certainly never too soon to get yourself booked somewhere spectacular, which also feeds the excitement and anticipation of the excursion to come. No matter the occasion, reason or season, you’d do well to head over to San Diego—a region known for some of the most revered vacation options in the United States. It didn’t earn the moniker “America’s Finest City” for nothing!

If you find yourself in this enviable locale—or want to—and like to be where the action is, you’d definitely do well to schedule a trip to Harrah’s Resort Southern California.

Deemed the best resort in Funner, California, located in North San Diego County, Harrah’s Resort SoCal is an award-winning destination recognized as a top resort by Condé Nast Traveler, Los Angeles magazine, USA Today and more.

The property’s two looming towers boast nearly 1,100 luxurious guest rooms and suites, including 22 wellness-inspired rooms complete with yoga mats, Vitamin C infused showers and built-in sound systems.

Every corner of this 86,000 square-foot adult playground leaves plenty of room for escaping ordinary life. Not the least of which is the Spa at Harrah’s—an 11,000 square-foot getaway featuring a full-service salon, barbershop, salt baths and more. There, you can also kick workouts into high gear in their state-of-the-art fitness center or take a stroll on their one-mile nature trail.

Then, be sure to soak up the sun at ‘Dive’—an adults-only pool paradise including SoCal’s first swim-up bar, a 400-foot lazy river, 23 cabanas and eight hot tubs.

The 59,000 square-foot gaming floor is also tons of fun, boasting 1,700 slot machines and 60 table games. The casino holds weekly poker and blackjack tournaments, while their monthly promotions offer thousands in cash and prizes.

And for you foodies out there, culinary creativity abounds at Harrah’s at no less than eight restaurants. From the juiciest steaks, to mouth-watering burgers, to authentic Asian favorites—here you can treat your taste buds to a trip around the world, minus the passport. Plus, they are home to the first tribal owned brewery.

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Heading south from Funner, California—you’ll find Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, an iconic property impeccably located at entrance to the city’s acclaimed Gaslamp Quarter district. 

While the hotel is surrounded by the best of San Diego’s shopping, dining and entertainment, guests will find everything necessary for a memorable stay right on property. 

The luxe hotel features 420 guestrooms and suites, including 17 celebrity-favored Rock Star Suites.  On-site amenities include “Maryjane’s,” a retro-chic diner that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; two award-winning bars—one of which a chic rooftop pool bar featuring expansive city views; and the world-famous Nobu Japanese restaurant for a truly unforgettable fine dining experience.  

Guests of Hard Rock Hotel San Diego can also take advantage of a number of unique, complimentary amenities, including Fender guitars to play in your room during your stay, Crosley record players to add the perfect soundtrack to your San Diego experience and Electra beach cruisers to coast down the Embarcadero and experience the city’s nearly perfect weather.

Additionally, the property’s award-winning ‘Sunburn’ pool party takes place ever Saturday from late March through September with epic parties happening on all major holiday weekends.

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Also on the getaways front in San Diego in terms of fun experiences—and something that’s also highly giftable—is Sandbox VR, with locations throughout California.Sandbox VR is an immersive social experience offering unique combinations of motion capture and virtual reality technologies, allowing you to become anyone and go anywhere. Groups can see their friends and interact with each other just as they normally would. Guests transform into virtual avatars of themselves and enter experiences that are mapped over the physical world.

At Sandbox, you aren’t just inside an experience, you become the experience. With their full-body motion capture technology, you can run, jump, and even high-five your friends. Your virtual body is just like your real body—except better, stronger, and faster.

Various Sandbox experiences include, Amber Sky 2088, Unbound Fighting League, the new Star Trek: Discovery Away Mission and two that I’ve personally experienced: TheCurse of Davy Jones and Deadwood Mansion—mind-blowingly fun.

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So there you go, some great travel ideas to utterly ensure those San Diego-oriented vacations ahead are truly memorable.