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San Diego


San Diego is the 2nd largest city in California and 8th largest in the United States of America. The city is located in San Diego County, at the extreme southwestern corner of the contiguous United States. As of 2006, the city had an estimated population of 1,256,951, with 2,941,454 living in the San Diego metropolitan area (4,922,723 if one counts Tijuana, Mexico).

The name of San Diego originates with Spanish explorer, Sebastián Vizcaíno, who mapped the area in the early 17th century. Vizcaíno is known to have explored the harbor, Mission Bay, and Point Loma. He named the area after Saint St. Didacus, who is more commonly known as "San Diego".

Downtown San Diego, California

LaJolla, San Diego, California Some of the attractions in the San Diego area include:

San Diego Facts


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  • Probably the most famous educational institution in San Diego is the University of California, San Diego ("UCSD"), which is a public coeducational research university that was founded in 1960.

  • Professional sports franchises in San Diego include the American football team, the San Diego Chargers, and the baseball team, the San Diego Padres.

  • Important sectors of San Diego's economy include biotechnology, wireless cellular technology, defense and tourism. Some of the leading companies with their headquarters in San Diego include General Atomics, Qualcomm, Science Applications International Corporation and Websense.

  • The principal airport for San Diego is San Diego International Airport ("Lindbergh Field").

  • San Diego's nicknames include ":America's Finest City":, ":City in Motion":, and ":Silicon Beach":.

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Books About San Diego


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Lonely Planet Los Angeles, San Diego & Southern California (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & Andrew Bender

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Lonely Planet Los Angeles, San Diego & Southern California (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Los Angeles, San Diego & Southern California is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Experience the golden sands, epic surf and picturesque sunsets along the coast; absorb beautiful art, awe-inspiring architecture, and gorgeous views at iconic the Getty; or meet your favorite cartoon character in Disneyland; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Los Angeles, San Diego & Southern California and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Los Angeles, San Diego & Southern California Travel Guide:

  • Color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, politics, arts, music, lifestyle, television, film, architecture, cuisine, outdoors, beaches, religion, sport
  • Free, convenient pull-out Los Angeles map (included in print version), plus over 15 color maps
  • Covers Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Disneyland, Orange County, Laguna Beach, San Diego, Palm Springs, Las Vegas, Santa Barbara and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Los Angeles, San Diego & Southern California, our most comprehensive guide to Los Angeles, San Diego & Southern California, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

  • Looking for just the highlights of Los Angeles? Check out Pocket Los Angeles, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.
  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's California guide for a comprehensive look at all the state has to offer, or Lonely Planet's Discover California, a photo-rich series guides, which focus on the state's most popular attractions.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Sara Benson, Andrew Bender, and Adam Skolnick.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Greater Than a Tourist – San Diego California USA: 50 Travel Tips from a Local

By Alec Morse

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Paperback (98 pages)

Greater Than a Tourist – San Diego California USA: 50 Travel Tips from a Local
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Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new while traveling? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is just for you. Greater Than A Tourist – San Diego, by Alec Morse, offers the inside scope on San Diego. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there's nothing wrong with that, as a part of the Greater than a Tourist series this book will give you tips and a bunch of ideas from someone who lives at your next travel destination. In these pages you'll discover local advice that will help you throughout your stay. Greater than a tourist is a series of travel books written by locals. Travel like a local. Get the inside scope. Slow down, stay in one place, take your time, get to know the people and the culture of a place. Try some things off the beaten path with guidance. Patronize local business and vendors when you travel. Be willing to try something new and have the travel experience of a lifetime. By the time you finish this book, you will be excited to travel to your next destination. Ten cents of each book purchased is donated to teaching and learning.

San Diego, California: A Photographic Portrait

By Steve Gould

Twin Lights Publishers
Hardcover (128 pages)

San Diego, California: A Photographic Portrait
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Overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean from a vantage point of massive sculpted cliffs painted gold by a setting sun, one cannot help but absorb the stunning beauty of the San Diego coastline. This ethereal vision is a fitting invitation to discover much more about the multi-layered culture, intriguing history, and fascinating people that make this place "America's Finest City." San Diego is a city of historic adobe structures and modern architecture. Dynamic and ever-changing, it is a unique blend of past and present-all the while with a curious and spirited pulse on the future. Crisp and clean; bold and vibrant-these are words that best describe both the imagery from the lens of talented photographer Steve Gould and the incredible city he has so beautifully captured.

Top 10 San Diego (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)

By Pamela Barrus

Brand: DK Travel
Released: 2013-07-15
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Top 10 San Diego (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)
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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 San Diego will lead you straight to the best attractions that this ocean-side city has to offer. The guide is divided by area with restaurant reviews for each, as well as recommendations for hotels, bars and places to shop.

Rely on the dozens of Top 10 lists, from the Top 10 museums and art galleries to the Top 10 beaches and Top 10 harbor sites. There's even a list of budget tips and the Top 10 things to avoid! Whether you are looking for hip bars in the Gaslamp quarter, beautiful parks and gardens, or fun places for children, such as the world famous San Diego Zoo, this guide is the perfect pocket-sized companion.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 San Diego contains a pull-out map and guide that includes fold-out maps, useful phone numbers, and 60 great ideas on how to spend a day in San Diego.

Frommer's San Diego day by day

By Maribeth Mellin

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San Diego is a touristic magnet, attracting an estimated 40 million tourists a year. That’s not surprising: the city boasts some of the most fascinating museum and historic sights in the nation, plus a vibrant nightlife scene (including cutting-edge restaurants), eye-candy nature sights and postcard-perfect beaches.

Frommer's San Diego day by day advises the reader how to see the best of everything--in the smartest, most time-efficient way. The book contains:

- The best of San Diego in one, two or three days, plus thematic tours for every interest, schedule or taste.
- Walking tours of the city's best-loved neighborhoods, from the Gaslamp Quarter to La Jolla and Coronado.
- Scores of evocative color photographs.
- Bulleted maps that show the reader how to get from place to place, plus a tear-resistant foldout map in a handy, reclosable plastic wallet.
- Highly opinionated appraisals of hotels, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife for all budgets from luxury to backpacker.
- Exact pricing so there’s never any guessing.
- Detailed information on the best outdoor adventures, beaches and day trip.
 

Fodor's San Diego: with North County (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2015-05-12
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With blockbuster attractions like SeaWorld and the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, great beaches, outdoor activities, excellent food, and an ever-expanding list of breweries and brewpubs, San Diego has become one of America's top go-to cities. Fodor's San Diego has everything travelers need to make the most of a trip, whether they're looking for an all-out family vacation or a sophisticated adult getaway.

Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors

By The Canyoneers of the San Diego Natural History Museum

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Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors
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Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors is much more than a hiking guide. It is a field guide too. Written by citizen scientists trained by the San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers, it is the new bible for really getting to know and appreciate the county's biodiversity while exploring firsthand. The guide has 245 hikes and an additional 73 hike options making 318 exploring opportunities. Each hike has its own map and symbols indicating the habits found on a trail, a full hike description with mileage, elevation gain/loss, difficulty rating, directions to the trail-head with GPS, trail use, and special features of a hike. There are 525 species of plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates that are described in detail. Each hike has a focus on a species or natural/cultural history feature associated with that hike. This book is a learning tool designed to teach the reader what is special about San Diego outdoors. This book is published in cooperation with California State Parks, San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation, Mission Trails Regional Park (City of San Diego), San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, and The San Diego River Foundation. This book is like having a Virtual Canyoneer on the hike with you - a trained San Diego Natural History Museum naturalist with you who will teach you what is special about each trail. Purchase of this book supports the mission and programs of the San Diego Natural History Museum.

San Diego Travel Guide 2018: Shops, Restaurants, Attractions and Nightlife in San Diego, California (City Travel Guide 2018)

By Howard D. Elliott

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San Diego Travel Guide 2018: Shops, Restaurants, Attractions and Nightlife in San Diego, California (City Travel Guide 2018)
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The places found in this book are the most positively reviewed and recommended by locals and travelers. 2,000 places listed and organized in four groups. "TOP 500 SHOPS" 72 Store Categories. "TOP 500 RESTAURANTS" 65 Cuisine Types. "TOP 500 ATTRACTIONS" Art Galleries, Museums, Churches, Landmarks, Historical Buildings, Cinemas, Aquariums, Zoos, Beaches, Tours, Festivals, Stadiums, Arenas, Botanic Gardens, Pool Halls. "TOP 500 NIGHTLIFE SPOTS" Lounges, Pubs, Gastropubs, Gay Bars, Latin Bars, Karaoke, Performing Arts, Music Venues, Comedy Clubs, Nightclubs, Adult Entertainment and many more options to visit, relax and enjoy your stay.

Frommer's EasyGuide to Los Angeles and San Diego (Easy Guides)

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Frommer s EasyGuide to Los Angeles and San Diego (Easy Guides)
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Los Angeles and San Diego, the two major cities of southern California, are radically different from most others in America, and thus fascinating to visit. Los Angeles harbors Hollywood, and all its associated film-making studios and sites, as well as giant museums, countless nightspots with live entertainment, symphonic halls and theaters, numerous ethnic communities, and adjoining beach towns and ocean ports. San Diego, on the border with Mexico, with one of the best climates in America, is a giant metropolis (1,300,000 residents in the city itself, 3 million in the city and suburbs) but with many features of a resort: dozens of top beaches and parks, famed ethnic restaurants, Sea World and a spectacular Zoo, all attracting tens of millions of visitors each year. Our authors, Christine Delsol and Maribeth Mellin, both Californians, have filled our Easy Guide with their most cherished preferences in lodgings, meals, attractions and shopping, carefully balanced to offer either luxury or thrift.

Kids' Travel Guide - San Diego: The best of San Diego with fascinating facts, fun activities, useful tips, quizzes and Leonardo! (Volume 14)

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A new family adventure is waiting for you in San Diego.

With Kids’ Travel Guide – San Diego Your kids will become the family tour guide! They enjoy fun facts, challenging tasks, useful tips, coloring pages and exciting quizzes. There will be no boring moments in your Paris vacation…

Watch as your kids become little experts about San Diego: The relevant history, what the city looks like, the transportation system, and many fun and fascinating facts about the city of angels.

Your little tour guide will take you through San Diego attractions: Be sure to visit best sites for kids and lots of fun things to do in San Diego!

From planning and packing to returning home: The San Diego guide and diary will become a souvenir of your travel that the whole family can treasure for a lifetime. 

You, the parents… All you need to do is to find an available bench and relax. And, of course, enjoy your San Diego vacation while you enjoy your active children.

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