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San Diego, CaliforniaSan Diego, California
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San Diego is a city in southern California, USA. With a population of 1.3 million people, it is the second largest city in California after Los Angeles and the fifth wealthiest city in the United States.

The area where San Diego is located was discovered by explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo in 1542. He named the site San Miguel. Later in 1602, another explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno arrived there and renamed it San Diego. On 12 November of that year, the first Christian religious service was conducted there in conjunction with the Feast of San Diego.

Today San Diego is a highly industrialized city with its economy based on agriculture, biotechnology, biosciences, computer sciences, electronics, telecommunications, financial services, and more. It is the site of the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

Being located by the coast, San Diego experiences relatively uniform temperature throughout the year. The warmest months are July to September with average daily highs of around 77°F. Colest months are January and February woth average nighly lows reaching 50°F.

Casa de Balboa, Balboa Park, San DiegoCasa de Balboa, Balboa Park, San Diego
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Travel to San Diego

By Plane
San Diego International Airport (SAN) is just 10 minutes from downtown San Diego. The airport receives mostly domestic flights, with the only international flights coming from Mexico and Canada. Ground transport from the airport includes the airport shuttle which costs $15 for a trip downtown. Alternatively you can take the Metro Bus No. 992 for just $2.25 to downtown San Diego.

In addition to San Diego International Airport, you can also use McClellan-Palomar Airport (CLD) and Tijuana International Airport (TIJ).

By Train
You can reach San Diego from Los Angeles on Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner train. It goes to the Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego.

Travel within San Diego

Public transport in San Diego comprises the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) buses and the San Diego Trolley light rail transit.

The bus fare is between $2.25 to $2.50 while the trolley fare is from $1.25 to $3 depending on distance. You can also buy day passes that can be used on both the buses and the trolley for $5.00 a day.

San Diego Zoo entranceSan Diego Zoo entrance
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Places of Interest in San Diego

  1. Balboa Park
    Big park in downtown San Diego with many individual attractions.

  2. San Diego Zoo
    One of the biggest and most prestigious zoos in the world.

  3. Air & Space Museum
    Museum devoted to aviation history, with its star exhibit being the A-12 Blackbird.

  4. San Diego Museum of Art
    Museum exhibiting art from America and Europe.

  5. San Diego Automotive Museum
    Museum exhibiting vintage as well as luxury automobiles from America and Europe.

  6. Plaza de Panama
    Venue of the 1915 Exposition.

  7. San Diego Museum of Man
    Anthropological museum chronicling the history of mankind.

  8. SeaWorld
    One of the three SeaWorld marine parks in the US.

  9. Mission San Diego de Alcala
    Oldest of the missions in California.

Nearby Sights

  1. Tijuana, Mexico
    The border city of Tijuana is a popular excursion if you happen to be in San Diego. You can cross the border at San Ysidro.

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