San Diego, California

San Diego, California

Known as a place of infinite beauty, affectionate locals and endless sunshine, San Diego has become one of America's favorite cities. Located in the southwest corner of California, close to the border of Mexico, San Diego has a distinct cross-cultural feel, part sun-drenched Mediterranean atmosphere, part south-of-the-border zest and part quintessential California beach town.

The history of San Diego is rooted in its Spanish and Mexican past. San Diego was declared the capital of upper and lower Baja only four years after Mexico gained its independence in 1821. Less than thirty years later, the United States declared war on Mexico and within two years the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildalgo was signed creating the current borders between Mexico and the United States.

The city continues to prosper with a population exceeding one million. World-renowned attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, the Salk Institute, Sea World, La Jolla and the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge have created a strong tourism industry for the area. But undoubtedly what attracts visitors from around the world is the city's breathtaking natural beauty, superb coastline and near-perfect weather.

Top things to do and see in San Diego, California: View Excursions

  • 1Old Town

    Site of the first Spanish settlement in California in 1769, this historic district offers the finest in theater, shopping, dining and free live entertainment - all within easy walking distance.

  • 2Balboa Park

    The nation's largest urban cultural park, this 1200-acre park is home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the world famous San Diego Zoo.

  • 3La Jolla

    Surrounded by ocean bluffs and soft sand beaches, this affluent, hilly, seaside resort outside of San Diego offers fine shopping and dining as well as year-round sunshine and watercolor sunsets.

  • 4San Diego Zoo

    More than a world-famous zoo, this is a sanctuary for thousands of animals, a landscape of rare plants from all climates and a living classroom that entertains and educates.

  • 5Sea World

    This gigantic adventure marine park offers close-ups with penguins, dolphins and sharks, sea lion and killer whale shows, rides and water coasters and the opportunity to feed sea mammals!

  • 6San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    This stunning 1,800-acre preserve where animals from around the world wander freely in surroundings similar to their natural habitats, features an aviary, a petting zoo, a railway, and animal shows.

  • 7Harbor Cruise

    Take a harbor cruise that offers up San Diego's history and highlights including a submarine base, the Coronado Bridge, the famous Hotel Del Coronado and area wildlife sightings.

  • 8San Diego's Countyside & Wine Tasting

    Explore San Diego's wine country which is know as the Valley of the Sun and is only 30 minutes from downtown San Diego.