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  San Diego, California  

San Diego, the second largest city in California, is important for its naval and commercial port, border crossing to Mexico, and bustling economy based on arts, information technology and bio-technology. It is a popular tourist destination, known for its beach communities, urban parks and warm climate.

Balboa Park is a 1200 acre historic park in central San Diego with green belts, natural vegetation zones, gardens, theatres and museums.

The impressive San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park houses 3500 animals of 800 different species.

There are 28 museums in Balboa Park including the Museum of Art, Natural History Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts, the Air and Space Museum and the Automotive Museum seen here.

The USS Midway is an aircraft-carrier-turned-museum with displays about life onboard and an extensive  collection of military aircraft.

The Scripps Research Institute and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies are part of the top-notch biomedical research and bio-tech cluster centered in San Diego.


The Geisel Library on the University of California San Diego (UCSD) campus holds the archives of the drawings, writings and memorabilia of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. 

There are about  10 pretty beaches in the San Diego area such as Pacific Beach, Flat Rock Beach, Ocean Beach, Torrey Pines State Beach and La Jolla Shores.

La Jolla is an upscale neighborhood with fine businesses and galleries, including the National Geographic Gallery of Fine Art.

La Jolla Cove is a small picturesque cove and beach surrounded by cliffs that is part of a protected marine reserve.

A colony of about 300 sea lions make their home in La Jolla Cove.


Woman of Tehuantepec, by Donal Hord, fountain installation in the House of Hospitality in Balboa Park

Earth Day installation at La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art

Sun God, by Niki de Saint Phalle, UCSD campus

San Diego is home to many pieces of interesting public art by international artists.

Old Town San Diego Historic Park reflects the city's Spanish and Mexican heritage.

On the Point Loma peninsula lie a Naval Base, the Cabrillo National Monument and the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

Fashion and jewellery boutiques, dining establishments, and furniture and design stores are clustered in the Cedros Avenue Design District in Solana Beach.

From the lighthouse at Point Loma, there are extensive views of the San Diego skyline, the offshore islands and the rugged coastline as far as Mexico.

Coronado Island, known for its historic town and iconic Victorian hotel is situated across the bay from downtown San Diego. (Dirk Hansen, Wikimedia Commons)

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park near Escondido is an open-range animal park featuring various habitats from Africa, Asia and Australia.

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