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Whilst it might not be as famous or popular as its Californian counterparts Los Angeles and San Francisco, San Diego is actually a well-appointed tourist city with plenty to see and do, not to mention some of California’s most picturesque vistas.

Located about 24 kilometers from the U.S. border with Mexico, “America’s Finest City” is served by San Diego International Airport (SAN), sometimes referred to as Lindbergh Field. The airport is located just south of central San Diego, and offers speedy access to many of the city’s favored tourist destinations and accommodation spots.

The city is also accessible by roads. Visitors making their way from California to the north should take I-5 or 1-15, while those heading from Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and other locations east should take I-8. San Diego is also a prevalent port city, with Pacific cruises dropping anchor regularly.

Visitors arriving in the city will find plenty of accommodation options. Those wishing to stay at the heart of the city should book a hotel in the downtown district, which offers easy access to everything San Diego has to offer. Hotels close to Balboa Park are a little more expensive, but excellent places to stay nonetheless. Mission Valley also allows for easy access to and from the airport, as well as city attractions.

When it comes to tourist attractions, San Diego has two that stand out above all others; SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo.

SeaWorld is the original marine life theme park. Opened in 1964, the park would go on to spawn other parks in Ohio (now closed), Orlando, and San Antonio. Millions of tourists visit the San Diego park every year, all looking to see the likes of whales, sea lions, penguins, polar bears, and an assortment of other wild and marine life.

The park also features a number of thrill rides, animal performances, restaurants, and the chance for adults and children to learn about the animals first hand. The Sky Tower – which rises some 320 feet – offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy an aerial view of San Diego and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

San Diego Zoo – which is located in Balboa Park at the heart of the city – dates back to the 1920s and today is one of the most popular, not to mention well-respected, zoos in the world.

The zoo is home to nearly 4,000 animals, including species from every continent. The zoo’s number one draw is its giant pandas, which almost all visitors make a beeline for. San Diego Zoo has had great success in breeding giant pandas, something few zoos can say.

Other animals on display within the zoo include gorillas, polar bears, tigers, and many, many birds and insects. As well as exhibiting these creatures, the zoo also hosts conservation seminars and hands-on learning experiences.

Away from its zoo and aquariums, San Diego still has plenty to offer tourists. The Cabrillo National Monument is a popular landmark that domestic and international visitors can enjoy. The monument – which can be found at the tip of the Point Loma peninsular – marks the spot where the first Europeans set foot on the West Coast. The landmark is named for Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.

Cabrillo’s arrival by ship set the wheels in motion, so to speak, for what would become the United States’ busiest maritime city. San Diego is home to many U.S. naval defense departments and plenty of military ships. The city’s nautical history is celebrated at the San Diego Maritime Museum, which features three sailboats, including the famed Star of India. The USS Midway, a decommissioned aircraft carrier, also serves as a museum today.

Whilst wildlife parks, monuments, and museums are sure to please many, there’s another attraction in San Diego that delights even more visitors; its beaches.

With more than 100 kilometers of coastline, San Diego is home to some of California’s finest beaches. These paradises come in all shapes and sizes, including beautiful white sandy beaches, rocky beaches with plenty of tidal pools, and vibrant tourist-orientated beaches that include cafés, restaurants, bars, parks, and all manner of other amenities.

Visitors can hit the waves for a surf or swim, or simply laze under the Californian sunshine. Some of the most popular beaches include Coronado Beach, La Jolla beaches, and Imperial Beach.

San Diego visitors can also enjoy a boat trip out on to the Pacific, where whale watching is a popular past time, especially between December and April as grey whales migrate towards Baja California. Those not all that keen on a choppy ride on the water can rejoice in the fact that many of these whales are visible from the land too.

A trip on the water need not mean wildlife spotting either. A number of organizations arrange dinner cruises, commencing from San Diego harbor.

The city itself is home to a number of neighborhoods that prove popular with tourists. These include the Gaslamp District, which is home to hotels, restaurants, and ships galore, and is a world away from its previous incarnation as a seedy red light district. Other popular neighborhoods include Seaport Village, Old Town, and Mission Bay.

Families traveling to San Diego may enjoy a trip to Legoland California, a theme park celebrating the world-famous building blocks. The park also features a number of rides as well as an area dedicated to younger children. Of course, San Diego also offers the chance to visit the Disneyland Resort and Park, which is located in Anaheim, Calif., about 90 minutes away.

A number of other out-of-city excursions are also available. Thanks to its close proximity to the border, visitors to the city can cross into Mexico and enjoy an afternoon in bustling Tijuana or relax on the beach in Rosarito. Alternatively, the famous sites of Los Angeles are a two-hour drive north of the city, whilst the region surrounding San Diego is home to an assortment of national parks and forests.

Whatever you’re plans in San Diego, a wide range of hotels and other accommodation options are perfectly positioned for you to make the most of your time in Southern California.

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