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San Diego

Nestled between Los Angeles and the Mexican border, San Diego shines on the charming southern California coastline. Since the name La Jolla literally translates to "jewel," it's often referred to the city's prize jewel. Known for its pristine beaches and sweeping skyline, San Diego, the City in Motion, keeps residents and tourists moving with mild weather, while La Jolla keeps them surfing.

This quaint seaside community is popular for water sports, including snorkeling and swimming. If you’re more interested in land-based sports, enjoy the scenic Torrey Pines Golf Course. There’s plenty to do in the way of the arts, including museums and galleries. You need only take note of the elaborate murals that punctuate the facades of La Jolla's buildings to see how rich the arts are in this ultra-hip neighborhood.

Stay in the South Bay area, and you’ll experience the cultural side of San Diego. In the South Bay neighborhood you can eat authentic Mexican cuisine, spot whales in the wild, or see rescued turtles at the Chula Vista Nature Center. Embark on a whale-watching tour for the complete experience, or dive deeper at the Aquatica SeaWorld Waterpark. If you’re craving greener spaces, the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center has a lot to offer – especially for those looking for a walkabout or bike ride.

Looking to escape the California sand and sun for shady streets? Then check out Downtown San Diego. Spend a day indoors browsing museums like the USS Midway Museum, San Diego Natural History Museum, and the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Venture outside through the winding trails of historic Balboa Park and check out the animals at the San Diego Zoo, or take in a San Diego Padres game at Petco Park. What would an authentic metropolitan experience be without a night on the town? The Gaslamp Quarter features many high-end clubs, bars, and restaurants that beg for an old-fashioned pub crawl. Choose from more than 30 local haunts that are sure to inspire the ultimate evening out with good friends, good drinks, and even better food.

If you’re there for the history, Mission Valley is a must. Spend the evening just steps away from the historic Old Town area, which is rich with cultural artifacts of the first West Coast Spanish settlement. Get to know the area with the famous Trolley Tours that snake along the old streets of San Diego for sightseeing opportunities or casual transportation. Find even more Mexican food with local favorites like handmade tortillas, sizzling fajitas, and other treats. And be sure to visit Mission Valley, where modern wonders come alive in a vast array of entertainment options and attractions.

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