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San Diego At a Glance

Located in America's California Region

Visit SeaWorld and San Diego Zoo
Visit the Gas Lamp district
Head to Tijuana for a day

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San Diego

Maybe it's the proximity to Mexico; maybe it's the perpetually mild climate. Whatever the reason, California's second largest city still manages to retain the feel of a seaside resort town. It will always garner hoards of visitors with its world-famous, family-friendly SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo & Wildlife Park - aside from the obvious attractions of Shamu and co., it's just an easy 2.5 hour drive from that other great family institution of Southern California: Anaheim. But there are plenty of other reasons to extend your San Diego stay for a few extra days. For an authentic Mexican experience, there's no need to cross the border (although you should consider it) - just head for Old Town San Diego and sample to your heart's content. Add beautiful beaches like Mission Beach, great museums like the USS Midway and fabulous shopping in reinvigorated areas like the Gaslamp Quarter, and you've got a destination that's muy caliente! And for a great city combo - Palm Springs - a 3 hour drive to desert landscape, golf and shopping.

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Fast Facts

• Population of San Diego City is nearly 1.3 million with San Diego County area over 3 million. Palm Springs has just 45,000.

• San Diego has 70 miles of beaches.

• 92 golf courses are in the San Diego County and there are more than 125 in the Palm Springs area.

• San Diego was originally named San Miguel by the Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.

• The world's largest rotating aerial tramcars are located in Palm Springs.

• Balboa Park San Diego covers 1200 acres and is America's largest urban cultural park.

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Things To Do

• Watching a Show at Sea World, and say hello to Shamu, the killer whale (orca)

• Take the kids to Lego land - You'll find life-sized traffic cops, dinosaurs and a dizzying collection of other creations made from Lego blocks all over the place.

• Visit the San Diego Zoo Safari - The San Diego Zoo's sister park offers a different kind of animal experience. Its name (Safari Park) is the clue and it indeed offers a more safari-like experience

• Take a trip to The San Diego Zoo is top-rated everywhere, consistently included on various top zoo lists and active in animal conservation.

• Take a Harbour Cruise - There's a lot to see along its shores and much of it is best explored by boat and a harbor cruise is the best way to get a feel for just how tall the Coronado Bridge really is

• Tour the USS Midway aircraft carrier

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Sea World

There's no place in the world like SeaWorld, California. Where else can you challenge thrill-a-second rides one minute and count the teeth on a shark the next? Feed dolphins or just try to stay dry when the world famous Shamu comes a-splashing!

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San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is more than a zoo: it is a sanctuary for thousands of animals, a landscape of rare plants from all climates and a living classroom that entertains as well as educates. See Malaysian tiger, a western lowland baby gorilla, don't forget to visit the international famous giant panda family. The specially designed viewing areas in the Children's Zoo ensure that even the smallest guests see animals in action. At the wild animal park, get amazingly close to wild rhinos, giraffes, gazelles and other creature.

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Legoland Tour

LEGOLAND combines hands on attractions, family rides, Lego landscaping, shows, shopping, Driving School, and Miniland - the heart of LEGOLAND Park. Many full scaled Lego models are placed throughout the park, including the Statue of Liberty, The Manhattan Skyline and more.

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Old Town Trolley

Tour at your own pace! Old Town Trolley Tours allows you to get off at any of their convenient stops close to all popular attractions, shops and restaurants. When you're ready, just re-board the Old Town Trolley and it's on with the tour. Spend as much time as you like in any of the locations.

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