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