RE: Balboa Park San Diego
We've been to San Diego twice. We went to the San Diego Zoo both times, and somehow missed Balboa Park. At least the second time. The first time was long enough ago I don't remember it nearly as much.
At any rate, I'd love to go back to San Diego and do more looking around.
The last time we were there we ended up at the Hard Rock Hotel. We were going to stay at a cheaper hotel (Best Western), but there WiFi wasn't working and we somehow found out about a room special Hard Rock was having, so we checked out that same day. I needed access to the Internet because I needed to work while we were down there, or we probably would have stayed at the other hotel.
I think we had the Southern California Pass, which at the time included two things in San Diego (zoo, safari, Legoland and/or Seaworld), and we ended up at the zoo and at SeaWorld. We also went to Disneyland/California Adventure that trip, as well as Universal Studios. Can't remember now if that was a part of it or not.
It was a great trip, though. Really should try to go back down to San Diego one of these days when we're down visiting my wife's family.