Countdown to Catalyst: 5 Reasons to Book Your Ticket to San Diego ASAP

December 21, 2017

ChannelAdvisor Anna Torres By Anna Torres

We’ve been to Vegas. We’ve been to Nashville. Now it’s time to hit the West Coast!

As you may already know, Catalyst Americas 2018 will be held in sunny San Diego, California, and we’re SO excited. With its diverse culture, gorgeous weather and bustling social scene, you quickly realize why it was a must-have on our short list of Catalyst host cities. We think the city speaks for itself, but in case you need some more convincing, these are some of our favorite reasons to visit America’s Finest City:

The History


 San Diego is an old city. Its roots date back to 1769, when Spanish missionaries built the first of many missions that define Californian colonialism. Old Town gives visitors a glimpse into 19th-century colonial San Diego, while the sprawling Balboa Park boasts an extravagant array of architecture that was a result of the 1915 Panama-California exposition. It also happens to be the home of one of the world’s largest zoos, which brings us to our next point…

The Animals


San Diego may be a sprawling coastal metropolis, but animal lovers from all across the globe still flock to one of the city’s biggest attractions — the San Diego Zoo. Nested in 100 acres of Balboa Park, it’s home to more than 3,700 animals across 650+ species, and is often regarded as the “best zoo in the world.” But the zoo isn’t the city’s only wildlife claim to fame — you can find tourists by the droves on the coastline of La Jolla, a popular chill spot for sea lions and seals (yes, there is a difference!)

The Landscape


Due to its coastal location, it’s a given that San Diego is a popular surf spot. But how many places have you visited where you can hike and surf in the same morning? If seals aren’t your thing, La Jolla also happens to be home to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, where visitors are treated to a view of La Jolla Beach to the south and Del Mar to the north. Other popular spots to get outside include the Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail which offers an easy hike full of waterfalls and creek crossings and Cowles Mountain if you’re looking for a more intense workout (just keep an eye out for snakes!)

The Food


We couldn’t talk about San Diego without mentioning its up-and-coming food scene. Baja fish tacos and California-style burritos may have put San Diego on the map, but the newest generation of innovative chefs are turning the city into a culinary destination. Rooted in ethics (think sustainability, hyper locality, conservation, etc), the San Diego food scene has made it so that a spot to grab a local, fresh bite to eat is never more than a stone’s throw away.

Catalyst 2018!

This year’s Catalyst agenda reflects the ever-changing needs of retailers and branded manufacturers and aims to help them excel in an increasingly competitive and fragmented retail landscape. Every year, Catalyst evolves to provide the best learning and peer-to-peer experience for companies to compete, accelerate and win.

Register today and save! Early bird pricing for conference passes ends January 15. Use code CATALYST2018 for $99 off your (already discounted) registrations. Helloooo savings!