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  • San Diego is located in Southern California with a mild year-round climate and home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the United States. San Diego has a population of over 1.3 million people and is the eight largest city in the U.S. With an ever-growing population and beautiful scenery there is always something fun to do!

    Balboa Park

    Balboa Park is 1,200 acre urban cultural park which was declared a national historic landmark district in 1977. Some of San Diego’s most beautiful museums, gardens and venues are located in this historic piece of real estate. There are over 13 Museums total and plenty of great free exhibits to check out. Contact information: 619-232-2053 or

    Cabrillo National Monument

    Located at the southern tip of the Point Loma pennisula, Cabrillo National Monument offers a picturesque view overlooking much of the San Diego coastal area. The highest point is the old Point Loma lighthouse and it is was once home to former military installations. Exploring around the area it is not uncommon to spot coastal artillery that was once used to protect the San Diego harbor from enemy warships. Contact information: 619-557-5450 or

    Gaslamp Quarter

    Home to many events and festivities throughout the year such as Mardi Gras, Street Scene Music Festival and more this historical center is full of fun nightlife.The Gaslamp extends from Broadway to Harbor Drive covering in total 16 1/2 blocks. In total this region hosts over 60 restaurants, galleries and jazz bars. Contact information: 619-233-5227 or

    Hotel Del Coronado

    Known for being one of the most luxurious hotels in Southern California the Hotel del Coronado is a must see in San Diego. In 1888 it was the largest resort hotel in the world and hosted presidents, royalty and celebrities. Hotel Del Coronado was also listed in USA Today as one of the “Top 10 Resorts in The World”. Contact information: 619-435-6611 or 800-HOTELDEL for reservations.


    With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions Legoland is a great place to bring your children or family to. The park opened March 20,1999 and is split into nine sections. A water park also opened up in 2010. Contact information: 769-918-5346

    Old town San Diego Historic Park

    The park was established in 1968 and is listed as the most visited state park in California. The territory was first a military outpost founded by Gaspar de Portola so you are sure to find historical Spanish settiments throughout the region. Walking around Old town your are sure to find some great spanish style restuarants offering some of the tastiest, authentic tortillas in town! Contact information: 619-291-4903

    Palomar Observatory

    Privately owned astronomical observatory established in 1936. Located 145 kilometers southeast of L.A. this observatory is owned and operated by the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. The hale telescope was constructed by Caltech with a $6 million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. If you are an astronomy guru you have to check out the Palomar observatory! Contact information: 760-742-2111

    Quail Botanical Gardens

    Botanical Garden located in Encinitas where visitors can see rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, tropical rainforests among many other California native plants. These gardens now public were actually private to Ruth Baird Larabee up until 1957.

    San Diego Zoo

    Located in Balboa Park, San Diego this world famous Zoo houses more than 4,000 animals and more than 650 species. San Diego Zoo has been pioneer in “cageless” exhibits and brings a diverse amount of wildlife species. Contact information: 619-231-1515

    Seaport Village

    With more than 70 shops, galleries, and eateries Seaport village is a lively region in San Diego to cruise around on a bike or walk while taking in some beautiful coastal weather. Mainly architectural styles from the Victorian era you can find more winding paths versus connected streets. Another benefit is that the San Diego Convention Center is across the street so it’s easy to cover all bases.Contact information: 619-234-4014

    Sea World

    Seaworld park has a variety of thrill rides including roller coasters such as Journey to Atlantis and even a rock choreographed killer whale show featuring the world renowned Shamu. During the summer Seaworld tends to add more shows to the venue and also has daily fireworks starting at 9:45 p.m. Contact information: 619-226-3900

    Star of India (Maritime Museum of San Diego)

    Located on North Harbor Drive the Star of India is the world’s oldest active ship. She began her venture on the Isle of Man in 1863. And the schooner takes passengers sailing from San Diego Bay and weekend adventure sails all the way to Catalina. Contact information: 619-234-9153

    USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum

    Taking ocean on March 20, 1945 this aircraft carrier brings a vast amount of history to San Diego. Ranking number 2 attraction in she brings an enormous amount of history to San Diego. Enclosed are 60 exhibits and 25 restored aircraft on the deck to observe. Contact information: 619-544-9600

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