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San Diego Introduction


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San Diego, California, is sunny and mild—not just in weather, but in personality, as well. This is a place where the people are friendly and the sun shines more than 300 days a year. To top it off, San Diego is blessed with considerable natural beauty: broad, gorgeous beaches on its west side, creviced canyons on the east, and sweet-smelling tropical flowers everywhere.   Click here to see the full San Diego travel guide on Travel42 »

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San Diego Geography


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The heart of downtown San Diego lies 16 mi/26 km north of the U.S.-Mexico border. The 16-block historic Gaslamp Quarter and the multilevel, postmodern Horton Plaza shopping complex mark the city center, with the San Diego Convention Center, PETCO Park, Embarcadero and Seaport Village all within walking distance.   Click here to see the full San Diego travel guide on Travel42 »

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San Diego History


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According to anthropologists, humans first settled along the San Diego coast as early as 20,000 years ago and moved east into the desert areas about 12,000 years ago. When the first Europeans, led by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, landed on the Point Loma section of San Diego Bay in 1542, several hunting-gathering tribes had already inhabited the area for thousands of years.   Click here to see the full San Diego travel guide on Travel42 »

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San Diego Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Yes, San Diego's zoo is world-famous, and SeaWorld and LEGOLAND are certainly top visitor attractions. Plan to see them all, but don't forget that there are many other sightseeing experiences waiting for you in this hospitable city.   Click here to see the full San Diego travel guide on Travel42 »

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San Diego Nightlife


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Jazz—and rhythms ranging from bebop to blues—is the specialty of the Gaslamp Quarter. Country music still retains a degree of popularity with dance establishments scattered about Mission Valley and northern communities. Irish crooners, lively piano bars, tapas bars and flamenco are all within walking distance of downtown's hotels and the convention center. Most bars close between 1 and 2 am.  Click here to see the full San Diego travel guide on Travel42 »

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San Diego Restaurants & Dining


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San Diego has plenty of sophisticated, creative restaurants emphasizing fresh fish and other seafood from the Pacific, abundant produce from the farmlands of Southern California and good regional wines from Temecula. You'll also find Mexican, Continental and nouvelle American restaurants. Steak houses are also popular.   Click here to see the full San Diego travel guide on Travel42 »

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