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San Diego, CA
In addition to its idyllic year-round temperatures and 70 miles of pristine coastline, San Diego showcases many popular attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Some of these include: Sea World San Diego, LEGOLAND California, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, the Cabrillo National Monument, Balboa Park, and many historic parks and museums. Visit the famous beaches of La Jolla and watch the Sea Lions sun bathing or root for the home team at the Padres stadium downtown. Boasting a citywide population of more than 1.3 million, San Diego is California’s second largest city, and has aptly earned its nickname as “America’s Finest City”. Enjoy the laid-back lifestyle of a beachside retreat with all the amenities of a major metropolis, but with less hustle and bustle.
Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains to the east, and Mexico to the south, the diverse neighborhoods of San Diego are spread out over 4,200 square miles, which offers endless opportunities for exploration and activities. Spend a day relaxing in one of the many beach communities, hike in the east San Diego County mountains or explore the urban neighborhoods of San Diego’s downtown. From the iconic Gaslamp Quarter to the eclectic community of Hillcrest to the quaint and charming island town of Coronado or the picturesque village of La Jolla, San Diego’s regions are so unique and diverse. The three bustling shopping plazas of Seaport Village are designed to reflect the New England clapboard and Spanish Mission architectural styles of early California. A ¼-mi boardwalk that runs along the bay and 4 miles of paths lead to specialty shops— everything from a kite store and swing emporium to a shop devoted to hot sauces—as well as, snack bars and restaurants, many with harbor views.
Things To Do
Overlooking downtown and the Pacific Ocean, 1,200-acre Balboa Park is the cultural heart of San Diego. Ranked as one of the world’s best parks by the Project for Public Spaces, it’s also where you can find most of the city’s museums, art galleries, the Tony Award-winning Old Globe Theatre, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West” for its concentration of museums, Balboa Park is also a series of botanical gardens, performance spaces, and outdoor playrooms endeared in the hearts of residents and visitors alike. In addition, the captivating architecture of Balboa’s buildings, fountains, and courtyards gives the park an enchanted feel. A trip to San Diego is not complete without visiting Sunset Cliffs. This is great place to spend the day at the beach or to watch the sunset in the afternoon. You and your family will have a great time exploring the tide pools and inlet beaches that take over this strand from Ocean Beach to Point Loma.
Food & Culture
Once home to San Diego’s flourishing tuna fishing industry and generations of Italian families who made their living on the sea, Little Italy is a quaint and lively neighborhood filled with patio cafés, restaurants, pubs, art galleries, shops, hotels, and the beautiful Amici Park. Little Italy is mostly known for its authentic and phenomenal Italian cuisine. If you are looking for a tasty and hearty meal after exploring, this is the place to visit. Historic Gaslamp Quarter is the entertainment capital of San Diego. With over 200 restaurants, bars, nightclubs and lounges, and countless boutiques, art galleries and shops to peruse, the Gaslamp has established itself both as the playground of hip, eclectic San Diegans and as an elite urban destination. The main action is located on 4th and 5th Avenues, between Broadway Avenue and Market Street.