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Cultures collide in sunny San Diego. City sidewalks meet sandy beaches and Spanish heritage combines   More...
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With beaches, theme parks, and historical sites galore, there's always something to see and do in San Diego.  More...
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Guide To San Diego
With beaches, theme parks, and historical sites galore, there's always something to see and do in San Diego.The city expertly caters to the interests of visitors young and old – just about every attraction can be enjoyed by the whole family. Take a camera along to capture the sights only San Diego can offer.

San Diego 's beaches are legendary. With over seventy miles of coastline and terrain ranging from flat stretches of sand to cliff-backed coves, it's easy to find a spot on the beach perfect for whatever you want to do.

Coronado beach, situated steps away from the Pacific Terrace , is one of San Diego 's most popular beaches. People around the world have identified it with California culture since 1959, when it was featured in the Marilyn Monroe film, “Some Like It Hot.” Today, Coronado is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and was recently recognized as “ Best Weekend Getaway Beach ” by the Travel Channel. Be sure to stick around Coronado until the end of the day – the view of the sunset over the Pacific is a sight not to be missed.

If you're looking for a more secluded beach, head to La Jolla Cove, near the Radisson La Jolla . Situated between breathtaking sandstone cliffs and La Jolla 's upscale shops and restaurants, the Cove's location is ideal. Snorkelers will love La Jolla Cove – its waters are so clear that you can often see up to thirty feet. Little ones can visit the Children's Pool where youngsters wade in the water and marvel at La Jolla Cove's colonies of Harbor seals.

Water sports enthusiasts will love Oceanside , near the La Costa Resort and Spa . Surfers, swimmers and joggers flock to Oceanside 's four miles of idyllic coastline. Oceanside Pier plays host to surfing and body-boarding contests during the summer months. Just want to relax? Oceanside offers plenty of room for visitors to tan, stroll or just marvel at the clear blue sea.

San Diego 's theme parks are some of the best in America . Legoland California , near the Radisson Mission Valley , is a prime spot for parents with young children. Visitors young and old marvel at elaborate Lego renditions of castles, dinosaurs and other fantastic objects. Children love Legoland's rides, especially the mechanical horses that twirl around the Royal Joust and the Dragon and Spellbound roller coasters. Pint-sized drivers zoom around Miniland, a collection of cities constructed entirely out of Lego blocks, in Lego-made cars. After a visit to Legoland, your kids will never look at their building blocks the same way again.

Sea World is a mecca for marine-life lovers. Located close to the Hyatt Regency Islandia , Sea World spans over one hundred tropically landscaped acres and is known as one of the world's largest sea-themed amusement parks. Only here can you touch and feed dolphins and stare into the eyes of polar bears. Many Sea World exhibits are walk-through marine environments that animal lovers young and old will love. In Shark Encounter, visitors travel down a clear acrylic tube that passes through the 280,000 gallon shark habitat to come face-to-face with the creatures themselves. For more thrills, hop on the Journey to Atlantis ride, where you'll rocket up and down a roller coaster and meet-and-greet a party of dolphins. Take a seat and watch Sea World's signature Shamu Show, where synchronized killer whales jump and twist for their audience. Bring a towel or two – there's virtually no way to stay dry at San Diego 's exhilarating sea park.

Have fun and learn about the animal kingdom at San Diego 's zoos and aquariums. The San Diego Zoo, near Quality Resort , is known around the world for its impressive collection of animals. With over four thousand creatures representing eight hundred different species, it's impossible to see all the Zoo has to offer in one visit. The Zoo features some of the rarest species in the world, such as Koalas and Giant Panda Bears. Animals roam in habitats created to resemble their home environments as closely as possible. The Gorilla Tropics combines natural landscaping with modern technology – CDs playing the sounds of the gorillas' native African rain forest flow out from the 144 speakers that surround the habitat. The Polar Bear Plunge is another one of the Zoo's simulated environments. Here, you can watch white foxes, Siberian reindeer, and other arctic animals dive into chilly waters. While open air trams service almost all of the Zoo's exhibits, it's better to explore the grounds via walkways and bridges – you can get so close to the animals that you're tempted to touch them.

The Birch Aquarium at Scripps, located close to the Hyatt Regency La Jolla , is San Diego 's premier aquarium. The largest oceanographic exhibit in the country, the Aquarium contains over thirty tanks filled with colorful saltwater fish and a 70,000 gallon tank that simulates the La Jolla kelp forest. Seahorses, octopuses, hermit crabs and barnacles are just a few of the sea creatures swimming around the Aquarium. Scripps hosts a variety of programs and exhibits geared towards children. On Family Days, youngsters can take advantage of special activities, like meeting Scripps scientists and hunting for fish eggs. A simulated submarine ride is a treat that visitors young and old will enjoy.

For a taste of San Diego history, visit Old Town San Diego, near the Hilton San Diego Resort . Old Town was where the Spanish first settled when they began populating San Diego in 1769. Soon after California won its independence from Spain in 1821, San Diego 's “New Town” started being built in today's downtown San Diego . Old Town declined until the 1960s, when the city decided to restore it on the eve of San Diego 's bicentennial. Today, Old Town celebrates San Diego 's Hispanic heritage and has been one of the city's most popular destinations for fun and folklore for the past thirty years. The area has been designated a State Historical Park and features a collection of original adobe houses. Old Town 's Bazaar del Mundo is the site of a variety of cultural events, such as the boisterous Fiesta Cinco de Mayo. Check out the folkloric entertainment on the weekends and grab a bite to eat at one of the Bazaar's authentic Mexican restaurants. An evening stroll around Old Town's floral gardens and sparkling fountains is the perfect way to end a day of San Diego sightseeing.

San Diego is one of the few cities in the world whose attractions appeal to so many types of people. Take advantage of what the city has to offer and enjoy your time in the sun: whether you decide to relax on the beach or explore parks and zoos, your days in San Diego will be well spent.

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