Travel Guide to California

2015 Travel Guide to California

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116 2 0 1 5 T R A V E L G U I D E T O C A L I F O R N I A B Y M A R I B E T H M E L L I N A s you bask in San Diego's warm sunshine, consider your options for fun and illumination. Beyond all its outdoor attractions, San Diego has a rich cultural and intellectual soul. Writers, artists, musicians and scientists conjure ideas while surfing at La Jolla Shores or jogging in Mission Bay Park. The Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse, both Tony winners, frequently send plays to Broadway. Multiple scientific landmarks including the Salk Institute and Scripps Institute of Oceanog- raphy are magnets for some of the world's brightest minds. There are so many attractions in downtown alone there's no chance you'll ever be bored. The exciting Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy and East Village neighborhoods are packed with restaurants, clubs and shops. The Embarcadero along San Diego Bay passes by the Maritime Museum with its iconic Star of India's tall sails to the sweeping rooftop of the San Diego Convention Center (a proposed major expansion is under review). Cruise ships berth at the foot of Broadway, the main artery into down- town, and passengers flying to the San Diego International Airport pass over high-rise business towers as they land at the northern edge of downtown. Hotels of every description and hip-quotient are scattered throughout the city's center, making it one of the most desirable places to stay while exploring the county. DANCESTROKES/SHUTTERSTOCK . OPPOSITE: VIEW APART/SHUTTERSTOCK ; F8GRAPHER/SHUTTERSTOCK SAN DIEGO COUNTY TOP CITIES San Diego, Coronado, Chula Vista, La Jolla, Del Mar, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Escondido, El Cajon, Julian, Borrego Springs INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY San Diego International Airport (SAN), also known as Lindbergh Field, is conveniently located on the edge of downtown TOURISM WEBSITES POPULATION 3 million SAN DIEGO COUNTY Warm sunshine, theme parks, museums and miles of sand and sea

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