Standing on the southern tip of California, just off the Mexican border, San Diego is the second largest city in California just after Los Angeles.
San Diego is considered the birthplace of California because in 1769, when it was founded by Spanish, was the first city (back then settlement) in California. Over the time it developed its own distinctive culture and many people come here to find a breath of fresh air. San Diego is culturally very diverse and with a more relaxed atmosphere then its bigger brothers, it offers a pleasant change of pace.
Where to start your visit in San Diego
Much like San Francisco and Los Angeles, San Diego is divided into districts, all unique and distinct among themselves. In the south there’s the Balboa Park-Hillcrest, holding one of the largest urban parks in the world which is also full of museums and even with its own zoo. Right next to the Balboa Park is the Old Town Mission Valley, full of beautiful old architecture and incredibly popular among the tourists.
The Downtown area is where you will find many businesses, large hotels and a large number of attractions. Interesting museums are also situated in the downtown area like the Maritime Museum of San Diego, holding sea vessels from world’s history. If you are with a family then visiting the San Diego Firehouse Museum and the Children’s Museum is a great idea for a day trip.
Explore sea life in San Diego
You must understand that San Diego is a beautiful city, full of life in every corner and despite the fact it’s a large city; it still doesn’t feel like everybody is rushing. It has some of the most amazing beaches in North America such as in the La Jolla district where ocean cliffs and superior beaches are yours to explore. San Diego is the place to be for an unforgettable surfing, sailing, scuba diving and whale watching.
Since San Diego has a great climate and many sunny days you won’t have an excuse to stay indoors. Activities such as rock-climbing and hiking are always available for you to experience. Especially famous are the San Diego Chargers, the national football league that play in Qualcomm Stadium.
San Diego is like a breath of fresh air, easy-going and with a multitude of attractions, relaxed beach scene, lively nightlife and outgoing people make it one of the best choices in United States to visit.
Best San Diego attractions
San Diego Zoo, Sea World, San Diego Maritime Museum, USS Midway Museum, Qualcomm Stadium,