San Diego Top Attractions and Things to See

San Diego Top Attractions

Brief History: San Diego is the second largest city in the State California and the eighth largest city in the USA. San Diego is located at the edge of Southern California and on the border to Mexico.

Juan Rodrigues Cabrillo was the first European explorer to sail to San Diego shores where the Native Kumeyaay lived for thousands of years. In 1769, Gaspar de Portolà established the Fort Presidio of San Diego above the Old Town of San Diego. Almost at the same time, Mission San Diego de Alcalá was fist mission to be founded in Alta California by the Franciscan fathers lead by el Padre Junípero Serra. There are 21 missions in the State of California today. Learn more about California missions

After the Mexican Era who took their independence from Spain in 1821, the US Army gained control of California from the Mexicans after the Mexican-America War.

Thanks to its perfect geographical location between the US and Mexico, San Diego enjoys a mild, Mediterranean and mostly dry and plenty of sunshine throughout the year with 264 sunshine days annually.

San Diego Attractions:

San Diego’s Best Attraction in the San Diego Metropolitan Area include the following:

B Street Pier
B Street Pier where catamaran set up their trips to Catalina.Cruise Ships from all over the word make B street Pier in San Diego their popular destination for vacation.

Balboa Park
Balboa Park is a landmark in Las Vegas where you can admire museums, unique architecture of San Diego monuments located within Balboa Park. Don’t miss the world famous

San Diego Zoo and its unique Panda,the Botanical Garden Building, the Japanese Friendship Garden, and the San Diego Aerospace Museum where there’s a replica of Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis.

Belmont Park
A wooden roller coaster, a carousel and a 175-foot long indoor swimming pool are part of this Oceanside amusement park’s allure

The Big Bay
San Diego Bay, also known as The Big Bay, invites water exploration with narrated harbor tours for North Bay, South Bay, Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument, North Island Naval Air Station, the Submarine Base, Coronado Bridge and more. A ferry shuttles between B-Street Pier (downtown) and The Ferry Landing Marketplace (Coronado).

La Jolla
Located north of San Diego. La Jolla means “jewelry” in Spanish. La Jolla is an elegant town located on the beach with upscale hotels and restaurants.

Gaslamp Quarter
This 16-block National Historic District contains most of San Diego’s Victorian-style mansions from the late 1800s.

Maritime Museum of San Diego
With the U.S. Coast Guard Base, the U.S. Marine Training Center, and the Naval Air Station flanking San Diego Bay, the Maritime Museum of San Diego has its own watery intrigue, with assorted exhibits along with three historic vessels – the 1863 tall ship Star of India, the 1898 ferry Berkeley, and the 1904 steam yacht Medea.

Mission Bay
Admission is free and kite-flying is hot at this breezy 4,600-acre aquatic park (with 75 percent on public land) that includes 27 miles of bay front beach and 17 miles of ocean frontage. In 1542, Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo called it “Baja Falso” after the ocean-facing inlet lured him into discouraging swampland. In the 1960s, the city dredged to build a monumental man-made bay with vast stretches of beaches and lawns for picnics and recreation, and resort hotels dotting the

Old Town San Diego
San Diego is one of the oldest towns in California characterized by its Hispanic-Mexican architecture. Its a hub for visitors from all over the world! The open market down town San Diego is highly recommended.

San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo is famous all over the word thanks to its unique and exotic mammals including the famous Pandas. San Diego Zoo is home to more than 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 798 species. The San Diego Zoo is a world famous conservation Park-Zoo where visitors can picture unique animals in habitat environments. In San Diego Zoo travelers and visitors may photograph the rare giant pandas, cuddly looking koalas, reptiles of various shapes and sizes and many more interesting species. For Pandas lovers, be in the Zoo in the morning as they take them out only between 10 AM & 12 PM. Check this out with San Diego Zoo as they change their schedule accordingly. Zoo Drive in Balboa Park.
Phone (619) 234-3153

Other famous attractions in San Diego include the beautiful Coronado Island, Seaport Village , SeaWorld Adventure Park, Whale-Watching tours.

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