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Introduction with Resources

San Diego, California

SAN DIEGO

San Diego was the first town to grow in California following the arrival of Europeans, and its mission - Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala - was the first in the string of 21 missions up the Camino Real. As the territory, and then the state, grew, the hub of activity moved northward out of San Diego. But for the last 100 years San Diego has been putting itself back on the map.

The weather and ocean are beautiful and mild in the San Diego area, often with the summer morning fog so common in San Francisco and other coastal towns. And San Diego does revolve around the water, despite increased growth inland. The Coronado, Mission Bay, and Balboa Park are among the most lovely areas.

San Diego is best known for two things - the San Diego Zoo and Wildlife Park and the military establishments. While both are well worth a visit, don't leave out Sea World, Old Town, the Mission, Point Loma, Del Mar, the water sports and ocean fishing available. There is excellent shopping downtown, and San Diego continues to provide great convention and meeting facilities.

There are some exciting nearby trips you can make while headquartered in San Diego as well. Mexico and the border town of Tijuana is pretty close, and a drive up the coast takes you into La Jolla and other very pleasant locales.

This is a great town to relax in, to recharge and walk through a park or two, or to skate up and hit the beach!

SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL VISITORS INFORMATION CENTER

11 Horton Plaza

San Diego, California 92101

(619) 236-1212

CALIFORNIA STATE PARK SYSTEM

Department of Parks & Recreation

P.O. Box 942896

Sacramento, California 94296

(916) 653-6995

DEPARTMENT OF FISH & GAME

1416 Ninth Street

Sacramento, California 95814

(916) 653-7664

CALIFORNIA OFFICE OF TOURISM

Department of Commerce

P.O. Box 9278

Van Nuys, California 91409

(916) 322-2881

(800) 862-2543


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