10 must-see spots at the West's most popular animal park
Everybody loves the San Diego Zoo. We mean everybody—it’s the most popular zoo in America, drawing over 3 million visitors per year. And its popularity is well-deserved. The 100-acre preserve not only contains state-of-the-art exhibits showcasing some of the most interesting animals on the planet, it’s also one of the most beautiful zoos anywhere, with lush plantings of flowers and trees from as far away as Australia and Madagascar. But to navigate all those beautiful acres—and all those people—you need a plan. What are the best strategies for seeing the zoo? What are its hidden gems? And where can you grab a good cocktail after spending the day communing with lions and giraffes? Here's our guide to what you absolutely shouldn't miss.