Difference between revisions of "San Diego"
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San Diego is a beautiful city in San Diego County in Southern California. The San Diego area is an incredible place to visit almost any time of the year. With temperatures near the ocean of around 75 degrees most of the time, the climate is ideal. There are innumerable restaurants to choose from and, of course, seafood is a specialty.
San Diego was established in 1775 as the first Spanish mission in California.
San Diego International Airport (airport code: SAN) is about 10 minutes out of downtown San Diego. The descent into the airport, passing hair-raisingly close to downtown buildings, can be a bit alarming for first-time visitors. It's served by Southwest Airlines and most other major West Coast carriers.
There are a number of airport shuttle companies that handle transportation to and from the airport. They run about $15 per person. Metro bus #992 ("the Flyer", $2.25) travels the 10 minutes to downtown San Diego, and connects to the Coaster train, the Trolley, and the Amtrak station.
San Diego's Amtrack station is at 1050 Ketner Blvd. It is close to downtown, the harbour, cruise ships and both the trolley and the 'coaster' service the station. Amtrak runs a number of trains daily to San Diego
Universities in the area:
* University of California, San Diego (UCSD) -- includes the San Diego Supercomputer Center and Scripps Institute of Oceanography * San Diego State University (SDSU or CSU-SD) * University of San Diego (private, Catholic school)
Local cuisine includes the fish taco.
For bars, clubs, and other nightlife. Yes, many people go out to clubs and don't drink; the name of the section is still Drink. Mention any local specialties or oddities, and give a general idea of good areas of the destination to try. Invent groupings/labels as needed (Gay friendly, student, hipster, fancy-pants, etc). Good things to mention: dress code, entrance fees, safety concerns, solo-woman friendly or pick-up bar, good/bad nights).
San Diego is probably the best city in America for making a quick trip to Mexico. Tijuana, San Diego's twin city across the border, is only a few minutes away by car. There is also a trolley from downtown San Diego into Tijuana.
The greater San Diego County has a lot of smaller, more private beaches, and some great small towns to stay in and explore. Further east, the Inland Empire and California Desert give a change of scenery.
It's also relatively easy to get up to Los Angeles and other points in Southern California. Highway 5 stretches up to the Oregon border. Although slower, Highways 1 and 101, through the Central Coast, Monterey Bay, and the San Francisco Bay Area, makes for more of a pleasant and fruitful trip.