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Need an attitude adjustment?


I can remember a number of occasions, when I was a wee young lad in Northern California, of getting in trouble for not doing my chores. My dad would say, “You better have an attitude adjustment real soon, Ryan.” Uh-oh. Not good.

But, 20 years have passed. So now, when I need an “attitude adjustment,” I can fly to one of the 43 non-stop destinations offered from SDIA! Yay! Much better! Here’s a map of those destinations.


I was curious what some of my co-workers’ favorite “attitude adjustments” are … and why? Below are their responses, with the city and three-letter airport city code for each city. Remember, you can fly nonstop between San Diego and each of these cities. And if you’re planning a trip to any of these destinations, click the handy hyperlinks below for great information about them.

  • Austin , Texas (AUS) – Sandi in Airport Planning: “Great food! Good music and beautiful scenery!”
  • Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL) – Suzanne in Real Estate Management: “I just can’t get enough of those warm, tropical beaches.”
  • Nashville, Tennessee (BNA) – Dennise in IT: “To visit good friends and possibly run into Kenney Chesney … I love country music!”
  • Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Minnesota (MSP) – Diann in Training & Organization Development: “There are beautiful lakes, gorgeous trees that change color in the autumn, terrific restaurants, arts and sports!”
  • Phoenix, Arizona (PHX) – Marion in Environmental Affairs: “Both Southwest and US Airways fly to Phoenix, with lots of daily service … an easy way for me to get some ‘real heat’!”
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico (ABQ) – Paul in Airport Planning: “It is the gateway to Santa Fe, Taos and the delights of northern New Mexico. Check out the Folk Art Museum and the Georgia O’Keefe Museum. Plus, green chili burgers, farmer’s markets and world-famous chili powder.” (Paul gave me three fantastic paragraphs on New Mexico. Note to internal staff: seriously, call Paul if you are heading to ABQ).
  • Sacramento, California (SMF) – Diann in Training/Organization Development (she couldn’t resist and had to submit two!): “Sacramento is my favorite gateway to the California wine country. It’s only about an hour away. Wonderful wineries and fabulous restaurants.”
  • New York City, New York (JFK) – Jeff L. in Human Resources: “Broadway, museums, sight-seeing and shopping! Also, getting to see paparazzi assembled to snap photos of Nathan Lane, Lily Tomlin, Jessica Alba and Posh Spice!”
  • Again, New York City, New York (JFK) – Mary in the Administration Division: “Getting immersed in the urban, big-city vibe; Yankees games; pasta in Little Italy; and Broadway shows!”ryan

Well, readers, I’m sure you’re dying to know what my favorite attitude adjustment is? Take me to lunch at Yan Can and I might tell you. Kidding!

But I’d love to hear from you … any favorite nonstop attitude adjustments from San Diego International Airport you’d like to share? Click the comments link below and let us know.


8 Responses

  1. Boston (BOS) – I couldn’t let Mary’s Yankees comment go unanswered! 🙂 Besides the games at Fenway, I love the seafood, the accents, the historical landmarks & Commons!

  2. Albuquerque is also great as a final destination if you prefer not to continue on to northern New Mexico. The best time of year to visit is in the Fall (late August through October). Fall is the season when the green chile is being roasted, the Hot Air Balloon Fiestas (check out http://www.balloonfiesta.com/) happen, and Albuquerque is just at its best in general. There’s a great crispness to the air in New Mexico and you’re always guaranteed a beautiful sunset. If you can’t go in the fall, it’s still worth the trip as long as you have some green chile while you’re there. 🙂

  3. Yay Jeff! Boston is a good one…I should have thought of that one as well! LOVE their Library and the way that you can walk anywhere you want to go!

  4. San Antonio, TX (SAT) – San Antonio is a great attitude adjustment. It is home to the Alamo, which is where you can travel back in time and see where the famous Davey Crockett fought for Texas’ freedom. Also, around this time of year San Antonio’s Riverwalk water is dyed green in celebration of St. Patrick’s day and with all the wonderful Mexican food at the Riverwalk, you are sure to leave Texas 10 lbs heavier, but that is probably why they say “Everything is bigger in Texas!” Check out more on all the excitement San Antonio has to offer at http://www.visitsanantonio.com.

  5. Reno, NV (RNO) – As a previous employee of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport – http://www.renoairport.com, I loved living and working in the Biggest Little City in the World! The downtown has seen tremendous redevelopment and offers lots of shopping, dinning, and entertainment options – http://www.renoriver.org/. You can even try your kayak skills in the Truckee River. If that isn’t enough, the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Tahoe is less than a 45 minute drive from Reno and offers year-round enjoyment. Personally I miss the days when we would ski in the morning and boat the lake in the afternoon! I highly recommend sitting out on the dock at the Lone Eagle Grill in Incline Village, loneeaglegrille.com. Need more info? http://www.visitrenotahoe.com/

  6. I can’t believe no one has picked SFO! San Francisco is the classic getaway–especially via Virgin America! Fine cuisine dining, funky culture, sophisticated urban charm, museums and parks, amazing bay vistas: it is so easy to leave your heart in San Francisco! Sourdough never tasted so good!

    But I’ll let you in on a secret too: While I appreciate the votes for Austin and San Antonio (both of which I lived in before), for a true taste of Texas, try the non-stop Southwest flights to El Paso (ELP). It’s the gateway to Big Bend country, with amazing formations and landscapes to get your cowboy vibe. Wonder where I get my cowboy boots? El Paso has tons of bootmakers, several with outlet stores. And for authentic Texas dining, try Cattleman’s Steakhouse in nearby Fabens. It’s on a ranch that’s been a movie set in countless recent films (it served as ‘Iraq’ in “Courage Under Fire”). They serve family style fixin’s–but get there early to enjoy the sunset over the cattle pond–and to avoid the line at this popular place.

  7. Vancouver, British Columbia (YVR)- My favorite attitude adjustment is Vancouver because its such unique international destination. After a mere 3 hour flight one can enjoy a thriving multi-cultural city. Stanley Park in summer has incredible views of the skyline and Lions Gate Bridge. I can’t wait to visit during the 2010 Winter Olympics!

  8. I really would like to see non-stop service to Florida (Orlando, Miami, and Ft. Lauderdale). Florida has amazing tourist attractions such as world-class amusement parks, beaches, and nightlife, and you don’t have a single direct flight to that state. I’m terribly disappointed.

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