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San Diego California
The resounding opinion when touring around the city of San Diego will have you begin at the San Diego Zoo. And fair enough. This zoo is famously known for its rare breeds like giant pandas and Australian koalas, and maybe can even boast to be the best zoo in the United States. So you better go just to say you've been there. Admission is high, but the cost is worth it for a first time visit, especially since you'll be hard pressed to see the whole thing in a day.
The Zoo is located within Balboa Park a massive urban park filled with all sorts of major attractions, perfect for sight seeing. The Park itself is beautifully constructed, with amazing architecture and magnificent gardens. There are handfuls of art galleries, museums, restaurants, a mini railroad and a mini UN village, (not to forget the zoo also). Worth a meal is the Prado Restaurant which has rave reviews, but is closed on Mondays.
While you're on the historical trail, don't miss the Gaslamp Quarter (below). Sure it's got history, but it's mostly just a great place to wander around, eat and have a drink or two. The food is of a high standard in general (mostly Italian), even for casual diners, and afterwards it's easy to bar hop since the location is compact. If you don't do the bar hopping thing, you can always take a look around at the buildings and get a more historic perspective.
A cute and fun way to get from place to place is the Old Town Trolley, a kind of sight seeing tram that can take you between Balboa Park, Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, Coronado and the Embarcadero.
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San Diego Beaches
Most people that visit San Diego come for the beaches and perfect climate. If you are planning a trip, here is the scoop on the beaches, when to come and where to go.
A Quick Guide to San Diego Beaches
While San Diego is often represented as having perfect year around weather, this is not entirely true for beach goers. It goes without saying that the months of December through March are pretty nippy, but there is another period when the beaches are barren and it might surprise you....read more »
San Diego Wild Animal Park
One of the most popular and well known tourist attractions in Southern California is the San Diego Zoo. Most people outside of California, however, arenít aware of an even better wildlife experience which is just a short drive from the Zoo, in the northern part of San Diego County, the San Diego Wild Animal Park. Like the San Diego Zoo, the Wild Animal Park is operated by the Zoological Society of San Diego which is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and education of endangered species and their habitats. Iíve been to the Park many times while growing up in Southern California, but my last visit was special because it was with my five year old daughter who has never been there before. It was an experience that yielded many cool pictures and a great time that I wonít soon forget.
The San Diego Wild Animal Park opened in 1972, and many of the attractions that were there for the opening are still around today. The Park is not set up like a traditional zoo because most of the exhibits are in an open area on acres of land...read more »
Things To Do In San Diego
When planning a trip to California, you might as well spend a good portion of it in San Diego. This city, while famous for its trolley and being the home of the world's most crooked road, offers more than just curiosities. Take the time to explore and it's guaranteed to be a trip well worth the time. Here are just some places to get you started.
San Diego Zoo
The world-famous San Diego Zoo began as a collection of plants and animals from the Panama-American Exposition back in the early 1900s. Today, it is a world-class research facility and home to several endangered species, all the while still a fun place for families to go to on vacation.
With such wide acreage, going through the entire zoo will take more than just a day trip. Fortunately, there are several benches all over the zoo to give rest tired feet a rest. Mei Sheng, the panda, is a tourist favorite and the queue can take as long as an hour during peak season...read more »