San Diego,California
-- Home to the Navy's Pacific Fleet and A Favorite Leave Location for Sailors --

San Diego OverviewSan Diego is California's second largest metropolis and the seventh largest city in the nation. San Diego's great climate, miles of sandy beaches, famous theme parks and other attractions make this area in Southern California one of the top vacation destinations in the U.S..

San Diego is a city located in the southwestern corner of the state of California (and thus in the southwestern corner of the continental United States). The city is noted for its temperate climate and excellent beaches. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 1,223,400.

Many people only visit San Diego as an adjunct to Los Angeles, focusing on Seaworld and San Diego Zoo. Whilst both of these are excellent attractions, to visit only these would be missing out on so much.

Water sports are popular here, and the Gaslamp Quarter downtown offers a nightlife. The city's proximity to the beach, desert, mountains, and Mexico makes it a wonderful vacation destination.

San Diego is the home of numerous military facilities including Navy ports and Marine bases. It is the home port of two Navy carriers, the USS John C. Stennis and the USS Constellation, five amphibs, and numerous smaller ships. One of only two of the United States Marine Corps' Recruit Depots is located here. Close by is Coronado and one of the finest beaches in California, right by the renowned Hotel Del Coronado which was famously featured in "Some Like It Hot". The largest ship in the world when commissioned in 1945, it was retired in 1991. The decommissioned USS Midway now serves her final tour of duty in San Diego, home to one-third of the Pacific Fleet and a large fraction of the Midway's former crews. On board the USS Midway, you can learn about life on a Navy ship and how aircraft land and take off from an aircraft carrier. Visitors can tour many of the USS Midway working areas and see more than 15 restored aircraft. Volunteer docents, many who either served on the USS Midway or are former Navy pilots, provide live talks about the catapult and other operations. Visit San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum!

San Diego has some wonderful museums at Balboa Park, located just north of downtown. An IMAX theater, a science center, a natural history museum, an art museum, and an anthropology museum, among others, are all housed in beautiful buildings, built in the Spanish colonial style.

The beaches are fantastic. but the jewel in the crown is La Jolla, a peaceful and picturesque beach to the north of the city.

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California San Diego City View
Skyscrapers are visible along San Diego's shoreline and boats in harbor. Downtown San Diego includes a long curving esplanade along the shores of San Diego Bay, an older " Gas Lamp" district adjacent to the esplanade and a commercial neighborhood reaching up the eastern slopes.
San Diego Downtown
San Diego skyline from San Diego Harbor Excursion Tour
Take a harbor cruise and experience San Diego from a dolphin’s perspective. Stroll, bike, or skate to or from Seaport Village. Relax and count the sailboats against the backdrop of the graceful Coronado Bay Bridge. A lovely seafood meal, a ferry boat ride at twilight to Coronado… just a few of San Diego’s endless possibilities.
San Diego Coronado
The Hotel del Coronado — probably the most famous building in the San Diego area — is on Coronado Beach, one mile directly across the peninsula from Ferry Landing Marketplace. Historic homes in Coronado and the Glorietta Bay Inn are worth visiting. The Del was completed in 1888 and desiginated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.
San Diego Point Loma Lighthouse
The Old Point Loma Lighthouse stood watch over the entrance to San Diego Bay for 36 years. At dusk on November 15, 1855 the light keeper climbed the winding stairs and lit the light for the first time.
San Diego Skyscraper
The San Diego Convention Center on the Embarcadero in downtown San Diego provides excellent facilities for trade shows, conventions and corporate or private meetings of all sizes. Landscaped terraces overlooking the bay are available for breaks and outdoor events. Seaport Village on San Diego's Embarcadero is one of the city's best combination waterfront shopping, dinning and family entertainment experiences.
San Diego: War and Peace
The largest ship in the world when commissioned in 1945, it was retired in 1991. The decommissioned USS Midway now serves her final tour of duty in San Diego, home to one-third of the Pacific Fleet and a large fraction of the Midway's former crews.
More Details about San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum / the USS Midway Museum.
San Diego La Jolla
Not far from downtown La Jolla — an upscale hamlet of hotels, boutiques, and galleries — lies La Jolla Cove, a swimming and diving paradise. La Jolla Cove has some of the clearest water of all San Diego beaches, making it ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling. The gentle lapping waves of La Jolla Cove also make for an enjoyable day of sunbathing, picnicking, or reading a book.
San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge
The San Diego-Coronado Bridge, locally referred to as the Coronado Bridge, is a "prestressed concrete / steel" girder bridge, crossing over San Diego Bay in the United States, linking San Diego, California with Coronado, California. The bridge is signed as part of California State Highway 75.

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