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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


Here is some more information about San Diego:
  • Professional sports teams in San Diego include the American football team, the San Diego Chargers, and the baseball team, the San Diego Padres.

  • Perhaps the best known educational institution in San Diego is the University of California, San Diego ("UCSD"). The University of California, San Diego ("UCSD") is a public coeducational research university that was founded in 1960.

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

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

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

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

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor s Travel Guides
Released: 2017-08-29
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for more than 80 years.

With blockbuster attractions like LEGOLAND 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.

This travel guide includes:

  • Dozens of full-color maps plus a handy pullout map with essential information
  • Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
  • Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what's off the beaten path
  • In-depth breakout features on the San Diego Zoo, surfing, and the best beaches
  • Coverage of Downtown, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, Old Town, Uptown, Mission Bay, La Jolla, Point Loma, SeaWorld, LEGOLAND, and Coronado
  • Side Trips to North County and Around with the coast, inland, the backcountry and the desert

Planning to visit more of California? Check our Fodor's state-wide travel guide to California and also Fodor's San Francisco, Napa & Sonoma, and Los Angeles guides.

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

By Lonely Planet & Andrew Bender

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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.

San Diego: San Diego: Ten Ways to Enjoy The Best Food, Beaches and Locations While On Vacation (Paul G. Brodie Travel Series Book 2) (Volume 1)

By Paul G. Brodie

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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San Diego: San Diego: Ten Ways to Enjoy The Best Food, Beaches and Locations While On Vacation (Paul G. Brodie Travel Series Book 2) (Volume 1)
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Enjoy the best of San Diego with the most up to date information.

What if you could plan the best vacation possible to San Diego? What if you could have an incredible vacation in San Diego with a few simple steps? Imagine waking up in San Diego with the best guide possible to enjoy the best Food, Beaches, and Locations while on Vacation. Amazon bestselling author, Paul G. Brodie, in his ninth book, covers ten ways to enjoy the best of San Diego. Here are a few things that you will get out of San Diego. In this book, you will learn •Where you should consider staying in San Diego •How to book your Flights and Car Rental at the Best Price •How to find the best places to complete your Grocery Shopping •Where to find the best Restaurants and Desserts across San Diego for your entire trip with the most current restaurant listing and reviews in the longest chapter of the book •Where to find the best Beaches •Where to find the best places to buy Souvenirs •How to enjoy the best Excursions to the San Diego Padres, San Diego Zoo, and USS Midway •How to explore La Jolla, Coronado Island, and Balboa Park •What items you should bring in regards to Cameras, High Definition Video Cameras, and other items to maximize your experience while in San Diego •BONUS: Travel Guide that includes Maps of San Diego, Travel Tips, Maps of San Diego Beaches, and a detailed ranking of Paul’s Favorite San Diego Restaurants •BONUS: Multiple pictures included in the book that feature every Meal and Dessert from the Restaurants and Desserts chapter •BONUS: Additional pictures included in the book from beaches, sunsets, and locations throughout San Diego Buy this book NOW to have the most current information to have the best trip ever to San Diego Pick up your copy today by clicking the BUY NOW button at the top of this page!

Top 10 San Diego (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)

By DK Travel

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2017-07-18
Paperback (128 pages)

Top 10 San Diego (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)
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True to its name, this San Diego travel guide covers all the city's major sights and attractions in easy-to-use top 10 lists that help you plan the vacation that's right for you.

This newly updated pocket travel guide for San Diego will lead you straight to the best attractions this city has to offer, from visiting Balboa Park to a day at the San Diego Zoo.

Expert travel writers have fully revised this edition of DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 San Diego.

   • Brand-new itineraries help you plan your trip to San Diego.
   • Expanded and far more comprehensive, new laminated pull-out map now includes color-coded design, public transportation maps, and street indexes to make it even easier to use.
   • Maps of walking routes show you the best ways to maximize your time.
   • New Top 10 lists feature off-the-beaten-track ideas, along with standbys like the top attractions, shopping, dining options, and more.
   • Additional maps marked with sights from the guidebook are shown on inside cover flaps, with selected street index and metro map.
   • New typography and fresh layout throughout.

You'll still find DK's famous full-color photography and museum floor plans, along with just the right amount of coverage of history and culture. A free pull-out map is marked with sights from the guidebook and includes a street index and a metro map.

The perfect pocket-size travel companion: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 San Diego.

Series Overview: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Top 10 are handy travel guides that take the work out of planning a trip. Packed with amazing ideas, informative maps, insider tips, and useful advice, DK's Top 10 guides lead you to the very best your destination has to offer. The pocket size make these the perfect guide to take on vacation. Discover the history, art, architecture, and culture of your destination through Top 10 lists, from the best museums, bars, and sights to the places to avoid. Visit TravelDK.com to learn more.

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

By Lonely Planet

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Fodor's Southern California 2015: with Central Coast, Yosemite, Los Angeles & San Diego (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's

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Released: 2014-12-23
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Fodor s Southern California 2015: with Central Coast, Yosemite, Los Angeles & San Diego (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

Beautiful beaches, perfect weather, movie-star glamour...there are so many reasons to visit Southern California that deciding where to go and what to do can be a bit overwhelming. Fodor's Southern California takes the guesswork out of choosing the perfect SoCal experience---from picking the finest Santa Barbara bistro to finding the best studio tour in Hollywood.

This travel guide includes:
· Dozens of full-color maps 
· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path
· In-depth breakout features on Highway 1, San Diego Zoo, and missions
· Coverage of San Diego; Orange County and Catalina Island; Los Angeles; The Central Coast; Channel Islands National Park; The Monterey Bay Area; The Inland Empire; Palm Springs; Joshua Tree National Park; The Mojave Desert; Death Valley National Park; The Central Valley; The Southern Sierra; Yosemite National Park; Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Planning to focus on Los Angeles? Check out Fodor's travel guides to Los Angeles.

Frommer's San Diego day by day

By Maribeth Mellin

Frommermedia
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Frommer s San Diego day by day
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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.
 

Afoot and Afield: San Diego County: 281 Spectacular Outings along the Coast, Foothills, Mountains, and Desert

By Jerry Schad

Wilderness Press
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Afoot and Afield: San Diego County: 281 Spectacular Outings along the Coast, Foothills, Mountains, and Desert
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Your essential trail guide to San Diego County

Since 1986, Jerry Schad’s Afoot & Afield: San Diego County has been the premier trail guide for hikers, backpackers, and mountain bikers. In fact, the Los Angeles Times called it the “bible of San Diego hiking.” This fifth edition features 282 trips, ranging from short, self-guided nature trails to challenging peak climbs and canyon treks. Coauthor Scott Turner has fully updated this edition, which includes new maps and more than 30 new hikes.

The book encompasses almost all public―and a few private―lands within San Diego County, including Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Cleveland National Forest, the Cuyamaca Mountains, and numerous county and city parks. It describes routes ranging from brief, family-friendly hikes to multiple-day overnight trips in remote regions of the backcountry, providing equal weight to the scenic and recreational value of each trip. For every route, you’ll find at-a-glance essential information, including distance, hiking time, and elevation gain/loss; notes on which trails are suitable for children, mountain bikes, dogs, equestrians, and backpacking; and accurate and precise driving and hiking directions. Plus, each trip features at least one significant botanical, cultural, or geological highlight with detailed information about what makes it special.

Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip Guide: From Vancouver B.C. to San Diego, California

By Brian Eagen

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip Guide: From Vancouver B.C. to San Diego, California
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A stunningly visual guide for a road trip along the United States pacific coast. 
The Outdoor Blueprint team pieces together an incredible guide featuring all the best coastal stops from Vancouver, B.C. to San Diego, CA. This carefully curated road trip blends local food, quirky attractions, and breathtaking views into one effortless adventure.
  1. Over 650 of the best places to eat, sight see, and stay along the Pacific Coast Highway from Port Angeles WA to San Diego CA.
  2. 26 beautifully drawn sections of the coast. Each section highlights a mix of over 20 eateries, breweries, hikes, bed & breakfasts, camping, viewpoints, local wildlife, and much more!
  3. Local insights, fun facts, and beautiful pictures accompany each graphic section to provide you with just the right amount of information for an unforgettable road trip.
And additional budgeting & mileage calculators, example itineraries, and exclusive planning tips for your Pacific Coast Highway trip.

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

By Alec Morse

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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.


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