Invariably, there are people that when you mention you're going to San Diego on a business trip respond with, "How fun!" or, "I'm so jealous!" While in reality, your agenda includes myriad meetings, educational sessions and a to-do list for the expo hall–if you're lucky, you can catch a glimpse of the sunset on the way to meet a colleague for dinner.

If that's all you do, great! You're an expo pro! But you're definitely missing out. Take some time (stay an extra day!), and live up to expectations of the folks back home by checking out some of these attractions.

Harbor Cruises

A cruise really is the best way to take in the full beauty of the San Diego shore line, from Point Loma to the Coronado Bridge, as well as get an up-close experience with the ocean life. Make time for a one- or two-hour tour.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.