Your Destination Guide to San Diego

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San Diego has so much to see that its mere variety and scope could render one catatonic with indecision. The city's history, culture, and emphasis on arts, science and the military, combined with its love affair with the outdoors, has been the catalyst for the development of a truly amazing array of destinations. Good luck in deciding where to go next, and we hope your trip is a long one.

San Diego | Sightseeing

Alcazar Garden
  • Alcazar Garden
  • Walking through the pedestrian breezeway in Balboa Park, you might not know that a courtyard patterned after the gardens of Alcazar Castle in Seville, Spain exists a few feet away.
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Archaeological Center
  • Archaeological Center
  • Dig in the dirt and you may find a piece of San Diego's history... or millions of pieces, which is what happened in the early 90's when various cultural anthropologists were busy discovering the rich historical significance of San Diego soil.
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Balboa Park
  • Balboa Park
  • More than any other destination in San Diego, the 1000-acre Balboa Park features the cultural diversity, artistic excellence, history, and outdoor recreation that exemplify San Diego and its...
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Black's Beach
  • Black's Beach
  • Black's Beach, also called Torrey Pines, is a unique beach located at the base of red-hued, 300-foot high sandstone cliffs, south of Del Mar and north of La Jolla.
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Botanical Building
Children's Pool
  • Children's Pool
  • The Children's Pool in La Jolla was originally created with a concrete breakwater to be a swimming area for children, but sand has filled in much of the area inside the wall, and seals and sea lions...
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Fiesta Island
  • Fiesta Island
  • Fiesta Island is a large man-made island on the eastern side of Mission Bay that is used for just about everything. There is a safe beach where dogs can run unleashed for miles, and their owners can hike, bicycle, rollerblade and Frisbee.
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Gardens of Balboa Park
  • Gardens of Balboa Park
  • Within the center of this city by the sea is Balboa Park, a cultural and botanical oasis providing a mind-boggling breadth of educational and sensory offerings, including numerous gardens. Blessed...
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Gaslamp Quarter
  • Gaslamp Quarter
  • No visit to San Diego should be attempted without visiting the Gaslamp Quarter, the city's historic downtown neighborhood, now home to many of the city's finest restaurants, a plethora of pubs and nightclubs, theaters, galleries, and at least 100 retail shops.
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Hotel Del Coronado
  • Hotel Del Coronado
  • This legendary beachfront resort fuses contemporary comfort with historical charm. The Hotel del Coronado offers something for everyone: world-class spas, decadent dining, an impressive guestbook,...
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La Jolla Cove
  • La Jolla Cove
  • La Jolla Cove is a small beach that has the distinction of being one the most photographed in Southern California due to its extraordinary beauty. The beach and its deep water bay were formed between sandstone cliffs, where multiple fascinating sea caves help form a perfect habitat for marine life.
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LEGOLAND California
  • LEGOLAND California
  • Anyone who has ever constructed a Lego castle, car, or any other item using the world's most famous plastic building blocks, will recognize that same sense of wonder and creative potential at LEGOLAND, the ultimate experience of all things LEGO.
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Pacific Beach
  • Pacific Beach
  • The quintessential Southern California beach, Pacific Beach is the favorite haunt of students and young people seeking fun in the sun in the best San Diegan style.
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Palomar Observatory
  • Palomar Observatory
  • In 1930, famous American astronomer George Ellery Hale chose Palomar Mountain as the ideal spot in northern San Diego County to gaze into the sparkling night sky.
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Quail Botanical Gardens
  • Quail Botanical Gardens
  • Few locations in the world can boast as many horticultural habitats as the Quail Botanical Gardens located on over 35 acres in Encinitas 30 miles north of San Diego.
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San Diego Museum of Art
  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • The San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park holds its own among the country's major museums, housing nationally-renowned collections of European old masters and American paintings and sculpture from the 19th and 20th centuries.
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San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo
  • World-renowned as the home to more than 4,000 rare and endangered animals from more than 800 species and subspecies, the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park has long been a major attraction and...
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Just 32 miles north of San Diego, wild tigers, giraffes, lions, gorillas, all roam freely in their natural habitat. This is the wonder of the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park (formerly the Wild Animal Park), the world-renowned, most authentic animal park outside of Africa.
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Seaport Village
  • Seaport Village
  • Seaport Village along the Embarcadero includes 14 waterfront acres that recreate a historic harbor setting, combined with modern landscaping including ponds, lakes, and fountains.
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SeaWorld San Diego
  • SeaWorld San Diego
  • SeaWorld San Diego set the bar long ago for marine adventure parks, and remains just as fresh and exciting as it was when it opened in 1964. Located in Mission Bay, SeaWorld's 200 acres are filled with world-class shows, thrilling rides and unforgettable animal encounters.
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Timken Museum of Art
  • Timken Museum of Art
  • The Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park is an unusual display of artwork from the collection of two sisters, Anne R. and Amy Putnam. The Putnam sisters, who came to San Diego in the early 1900s from Vermont, spent decades acquiring European old master paintings.
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Whale Watching
  • Whale Watching
  • The San Diego coast lies along the superhighway of whale migration, with 200 gray whales passing by each day during their 10,000 mile journey from the Arctic Sea to Baja California and back.
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