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

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

  • Perhaps the best known 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 teams in San Diego include the American football team, the San Diego Chargers, and the baseball team, the San Diego Padres.

  • 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.

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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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.

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.

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

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

By Christine Delsol

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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.

Top 10 San Diego (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)

By DK Travel

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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.

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

By Kelsey Fox

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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.

You can also purchase books focusing on the city of San Diego or the USA separately:

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Kids' Travel Guide – USA & San Diego—everything about the USA and things to do in San Diego combined in one book. 

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San Diego, California: A Photographic Portrait

By Steve Gould

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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.

Lonely Planet Pacific Coast Highways Road Trips (Travel Guide)

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Whether exploring your own backyard or somewhere new, discover the freedom of the open road with Lonely Planet Pacific Coast Highways Road Trips. Featuring four amazing road trips, plus up-to-date advice on the destinations you'll visit along the way, explore America's creative coast's breezy, wildlife-rich highways with your trusted travel companion. Jump in the car, turn up the tunes, and hit the road!

Inside Lonely Planet Pacific Coast Highways Road Trips:

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  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
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  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Lonely Planet California, our most comprehensive guide to the region, is perfect for exploring both top sights and lesser-known gems, or check out Discover California, a photo-rich guide to the region's most popular attractions.
  • Looking for more specifics on your road trip pitstops? Check out Lonely Planet's San Francisco and Los Angeles guides for a comprehensive look at all these cities have to offer, or Pocket San Francisco and Pocket Los Angeles, handy-sized guides focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.

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San Diego Then and Now®

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Known to its residents as "America's Finest City," San Diego has a mild, inviting climate and stunning coastal scenery. San Diego: Then and Now® looks at how the city developed from a small village settled by early Franciscan missionaries and the Spanish military. It came under U.S. rule in 1846, but it was not until 1867 when San Francisco speculator and businessman Alonzo E. Horton acquired 960 acres of waterfront land and promoted it as "New Town" that San Diego really began to take off. This book shows how the city's architecture still reflects and preserves its Spanish heritage, but also incorporates modern glass skyscrapers and Victorian mansions. Sites include Horton Plaza, U.S. Grant Hotel, Stingaree District, Speckels Theatre, Fifth Avenue, Seaport Village, Embarcadero, Star of India, Coronado, Hotel del Coronado, Santa Fe Depot, Carnegie Library, El Cortez Hotel, Long-Waterman Mansion, Villa Montezuma, The Prado, San Diego Zoo, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego High School, Hillcrest, City Heights, Kensington, La Casa de Estudillo, Casa de Bandini, Whaley House, Junipero Serra Museum, Ballast Point, Point Loma, Ocean Beach, and Pacific Beach.


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