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San Diego is a coastal southern California city located in the extreme southwestern corner of the continental United States. The city is noted for its temperate climate and excellent beaches. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 1,223,400.   It is also the county seat of San Diego County. As of 2005, the California Department of Finance estimated the city to have 1,305,736 residents. The city is the second-largest in California and the seventh-largest in the United States and is noted for its temperate climate and many beaches.

San Diego is a rather diverse city with many different activities to suit all tastes. There are plenty of sightseeing options including historic Balboa Park and the world renown Palomar Mountain Observatory. Golf, tennis, sailing, boating, deep sea and freshwater fishing, surfing, skateboarding, rollerblading, and sunbathing are just a few of the fresh air sports that awaits all those who venture to America’s Finest City.  


The city’s proximity to the beach, desert, mountains, and Mexico makes it a wonderful vacation destination.  San Diego is known for its world class watersports opportunities in particular. Sun- and sea-worshippers congregate in coastal La Jolla, Del Mar, and Solana Beach, where migrating California gray whales can be seen in winter. In Del Mar, cruise Del Mar Plaza, an eclectic collection of boutiques and restaurants, and visit the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for horse racing.

If you are looking for nightlife, then you should head for the Gaslamp Quarter,  San Diego’s best dining, shopping and entertainment district. You’ll find a diverse range of food, fun and culture centred around one of California’s most historic urban areas. Apart from a huge array of shops and restaurants that the Gaslamp Quarter offers, it is the central hub of late night entertainment in San Diego. A wide variety of entertainment venues are here including corner pubs, live music venues and night clubs.

Hotels and motels cater to the varying needs of visitors so finding just what you need should not be much of a problem. However, in the peak summer months you will need to reserve your rooms in advance to guarantee availability.

San Diego has some wonderful museums at Balboa Park, located just north of downtown. An IMAX theater, a science center, a natural history museum, an art museum, and an anthropology museum, among others, are all housed in beautiful buildings, built in the Spanish colonial style.

 

 

San Diego  is also the home of many U.S. military facilities, including U.S. Navy ports, Marine Corps bases, and Coast Guard stations. It is the home port of the largest naval fleet in the world, including two Navy supercarriers (the USS Nimitz and the USS Ronald Reagan) five amphibious assault ships, several Los Angeles-class submarines, and many smaller ships. One of the Marine Corps' two Recruit Depots is located here. San Diego is also known as the "birthplace of naval aviation," though Pensacola, Florida makes a rival claim. Several Navy vessels have been named USS San Diego in honor of the city.

The sunny southern coast contains several nature preserves and parklands as well as San Diego County's first, and largest, factory-outlet shopping center. In Chula Vista, the new Arco Olympic Training Center- the nation's first year-round, multisport Olympic-training complex-is open to the public for tours.

The climate is quite moderate throughout the year with an annual rainfall of only 10 inches. Daytime highs are usually in the mid 70 degree range.

Areas of Interest

San Diego is a major tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the world. Among the many attractions are its beaches, climate, and deserts. Noted San Diego tourist attractions include:

Balboa Park *
Berkeley, ferry boat*
Chicano Park
Gaslamp Quarter
La Casa de Estudillo *
La Jolla
Little Italy (see also Little Italy)
Mission Bay Park
Mission Beach Roller Coaster at Belmont Park
Mission San Diego de Alcala *
Mount Soledad
Old Mission Dam in Mission Trails Regional Park*
Old Town 
Crystal PierPetco Park
Point Loma
Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego Aerospace Museum
San Diego Presidio*
San Diego Wild Animal Park
San Diego Zoo
Seaport Village
SeaWorld
Star of India, barque sailing ship *
Torrey Pines Golf Course
Torrey Pines State Reserve
USS Midway (CV-41), aircraft carrier museum

(* An asterisk designates National Historic Landmarks)


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